Scientelec vulcain!!

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Scientelec vulcain!!

Post by paulorbvalley » 24 Jan 2020 10:16

Hi All
i found this turntable yesterday in a "brocante" (junk shop)
I know it is a Scientelec "Vulcain" and that Scientelec was a French company that existed between 1969 and 1979

I was wondering if any of you can give me anymore info

Specifically the headshell mount because i have not seen this type of mount before !
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Re: Scientelec vulcain!!

Post by nat » 24 Jan 2020 22:50

It looks like the headshell is not actually interchangeable since the cartridge leads are captive. But it ought to be possible to get one fabricated. You'll need a counterweight also, obviously. The horizontal bearings of the arm look like they are at an angle - if this is not just an illusion of the photograph, I wonder if it is a form of antiskating like that of the Connoisseur BD 2 arm (which may be the SA 2), which had both sets of bearings at 45 degrees and an outrigger with an adjustable weight so that as the arm traversed the record, it had to lift the weight. Your arm looks like the vertical bearings are in the normal horizontal orientation, and only the horizontal bearings are tilted - for the arm to traverse, it sort of has to lift itself up, so gravity would provide antiskating. I think...

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Re: Scientelec vulcain!!

Post by lenjack » 25 Jan 2020 00:19

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Re: Scientelec vulcain!!

Post by ripblade » 25 Jan 2020 04:10

It looks as though the shell was simply bolted on.

We need mo' better closeups!

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Re: Scientelec vulcain!!

Post by wolfie62 » 25 Jan 2020 20:36

Looks like it’s missing the headshell fitting on the end of the arm tube. If not..What a pain to change cartridges!

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