Phase Linear 8000

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Phase Linear 8000

Post by terry-a » 14 Sep 2019 19:25

The other day I mentioned to my current client that I like records and have restored a handful of vintage turntables. The next day he gave me two boxes of records to take home. Most of them are in VG+ to NM conditions.

He also showed me the owners manual for a Dual 1229 he had stored in a closet that he wanted to give me. When I returned the next day, he had discovered (and remembered) that the Dual was gone and had been replaced by a Phase Linear 8000, which he gave to me.

I've owned 3 direct drive tables but they all left long ago. My current tables include two belt drives and an idler drive. I didn't really need the Dual, but this Phase Linear is the perfect addition.

I'll find out over the next month or two if I can bring it back to full functionality.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by lenjack » 14 Sep 2019 19:30

iirc, this was basically the same table that Pioneer was selling.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by terry-a » 14 Sep 2019 19:33

lenjack wrote:
14 Sep 2019 19:30
iirc, this was basically the same table that Pioneer was selling.
Correct. This is a rebranded Pioneer PL-L1000.

I think Pioneer had recently purchased Phase Linear and were trying to capitalize on the name in the US.

It's quite a freebie.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by nat » 15 Sep 2019 01:06

Looks like a Satin cartridge.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by terry-a » 15 Sep 2019 01:10

nat wrote:
15 Sep 2019 01:06
Looks like a Satin cartridge.
Yes, it is. An M117Z. I don't think it has many hours on it.

Do you know it?

Spherical stylus.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by fscl » 15 Sep 2019 01:57

Nice client =D> =D> =D>

Good luck with it, all manuals including the mother, the PL-L1000 are in the VE Library.

This unit will tangentially track / play trick LPs from the inside out.

Let us know how it all works out.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by terry-a » 15 Sep 2019 06:00

fscl wrote:
15 Sep 2019 01:57
Nice client =D> =D> =D>

Good luck with it, all manuals including the mother, the PL-L1000 are in the VE Library.

This unit will tangentially track / play trick LPs from the inside out.

Let us know how it all works out.

Fred
He really is a nice client. I think he's been wondering what to do with his records and his turntable for years. Luckily I stumbled into him before he dropped it all off at Goodwill.

I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing what this table will do. My hope is that I don't bump into an unsurmountable issue.

I'll know more soon.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by terry-a » 18 Sep 2019 00:28

I managed to clean the cueing mechanism gears and install a new belt. I rotated the motor slightly so that the bracket seated in a fresh location on the insulation. A small tonearm height adjustment was required, and the result was perfect operation.

I cleaned thoroughly while I was in there. The dust cover had some small scratches that were easily removed with plastic cleaner, which worked wonders on the plinth as well.

I cleaned the guide bars with a micro fiber cloth, and the thing operates flawlessly.

I have an overhang gauge on the way and once it arrives I'll mount one of my cartridges in the place of the Satin, and do some serious listening.

I won't bore you with a video of the thing in operation. There are plenty of them to see on youtube.

I'm pretty excited about this new table. I haven't run a direct drive in several years. It's also kinda fun having auto start/stop/return. That's something I haven't experienced in a long time as well.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by BEMills » 25 Jan 2020 22:32

Terry,

How much of the unit did you have to take apart to install the new elevation belt? I just got this same turntable, and the elevation feature is hit and miss. I can "help" it up and it works. I'm guessing it's the belt. Also, is there a trusted source for the belts. I see them in several places on the web, but don't know if there is a need for "original" or like original parts.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by terry-a » 25 Jan 2020 23:40

BEMills wrote:
25 Jan 2020 22:32
Terry,

How much of the unit did you have to take apart to install the new elevation belt? I just got this same turntable, and the elevation feature is hit and miss. I can "help" it up and it works. I'm guessing it's the belt. Also, is there a trusted source for the belts. I see them in several places on the web, but don't know if there is a need for "original" or like original parts.
The Phase Linear is a rebranded Pioneer PL-L1000. I'd recommend downloading the PL-L1000 service manual from the library, and following the instructions on accessing the cueing belt. It's not a complicated or time consuming endeavor. The trickiest part is weaving the tonearm through the opening when you lift the top half of the table away. And again, weaving the tonearm through the opening during reassembly.

I purchased the SBS3.7 belt from Turntable Needles and it seems to be working fine.

My belt had failed completely, and left a gooey mess that needed to be cleaned up. Perhaps yours will be somewhat cleaner since it's still operating, but expect to do some cleaning.

The cueing motor is held in place by a cage that keys into the insulation surrounding the motor. The insulation can break down, causing the motor to move during operation. I managed to rotate the motor a few degrees, and key the cage into fresh insulation. So far this is working.

Be prepared to find failing boots on the feet of the table. This is a common issue.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by gridleakrick » 26 Jan 2020 01:32

I have the Pioneer PL-L1000A version and love it. Great turntable. As far as I know, it is the only consumer electronic product to have a linear motor in it. It is really cool to lift the arm while a record is playing and move it to where ever you want on the record. You cannot do this with any other linear tracker that I know of.
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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by GTH » 26 Jan 2020 17:40

gridleakrick wrote:
26 Jan 2020 01:32
You cannot do this with any other linear tracker that I know of.
Rick
Actually I think that is a common feature for many linear TT’s.
Certainly the Mitsubishi lineup can.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by BEMills » 28 Jan 2020 03:00

Terry,

Thanks for the info. I'll get the belt ordered up and then dive in. Also, thanks for the reminder on the feet. I had read that on a post somewhere, but forgot to check mine. I'll do that.

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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by gridleakrick » 28 Jan 2020 11:15

GTH wrote:
26 Jan 2020 17:40
gridleakrick wrote:
26 Jan 2020 01:32
You cannot do this with any other linear tracker that I know of.
Rick
Actually I think that is a common feature for many linear TT’s.
Certainly the Mitsubishi lineup can.
I think you misunderstood me. I don't mean just moving arm back and forth with the buttons on the deck like most linear trackers have but you can actually pick up the tonearm by it's finger lift and swing it left and right as fast as you want and the tonearm follows, just as if it were a regular pivoted tonearm.
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Re: Phase Linear 8000

Post by GTH » 28 Jan 2020 14:30

Ahh, I understand now.
Yes that would be an uncommon feature.

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