How did you end up with an Elac?

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by vinyl master » 08 Mar 2017 19:30

I don't know, jfrace...I really like the simplicity of the original plinth as is, but that's just my two cents, FWIW... 8-[ The question is...Is the original plinth not sturdy or strong enough? :-k In that case, I could see trying something different...Maybe it would depend on how it turns out in the end...Maybe draw up a plinth plan...You could also try adding some weight to the original plinth somehow for vibration damping...Then again, if a Lenco happens to come into your life sometime, you could consider using the tiger maple for that one, too...You have a few options here, and I'm curious to see what you ultimately decide upon... :-k

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by fmcsonoma » 11 Mar 2017 20:14

So I was looking for a turntable to complete my system. Saw this ELAC Miracord 46 in darn near mint condition and had to have it. I saw the walnut base and push buttons....SOLD!!

Here are a few picks:
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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by vinyl master » 11 Mar 2017 23:52

What a beauty, fmcsonoma! A classy-looking combination with that Marantz amp, too! 8)

How does she sound? :-k

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by pogo » 12 Mar 2017 00:33

My story is here. Although I've got the tonearm glued together and rewired, I still don't have it 100% functional. This thing is a wonder of German engineering. I've never seen anything like it. I'd still love to get it going, but for now it's on the back burner.

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by vinyl master » 12 Mar 2017 02:17

Hey, pogo...The 620U is still a nice Elac, and worth fixing up at some point...Not quite like your 1229, but a keeper nonetheless! You could look at what jonathan75 did here with his...

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=17636

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Maybe you could find a cheap spare, like this one for $50 up in Canada...

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-stereo-systems-h ... 1240423235

Then, you could make two tables into one, and keep one as a "parts table"? :-k

Every so often, ones like this sold model show up on EBay cheaply, too...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ELAC-MIRACORD-6 ... 7675.l2557

It's worth a thought anyway...I also have the same plinth that you have, but have considered something along the lines of what jfrace did with his 50H...Could be another great project for the future, in any case...

Still, these Elacs are really great, and when fettled with properly, can work like a charm! 8)

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by Finn McCool » 26 Mar 2017 19:08

My 50h with Shure M35x cartridge and in regular use. Similar plinth and cover to Hockeyrock but with an on/off switch in the plastic nameplate on the front.

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by Finn McCool » 26 Mar 2017 20:19

Bought this Miracord 10 for 15 bucks. Probably overpaid. I have cleaned it up some but it has a long way to go. I bought it to practice on, so what the heck. Headshell was snapped off. Epoxied it back together and rewired it. It's missing a piece of plastic on the outboard side. I may just clean up the break and then duplicate it on the inboard side to match. The mat was broken down and stuck to the platter. Had to use solvents and cleaner to get it all off. The wood base is ok but needs some oxalic acid to remove several black stains. I have had some of the mechanicals apart but I need to build an open bottom table of some sort so that I can watch the parts move in operation so that I understand their workings better. Now that the weather is improving it may be a while though !


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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by vinyl master » 26 Mar 2017 21:18

Cool turntables, Finn! 8) And I don't think you overpaid on the 10 too much...Member BMRR has a 10 and a 10H...They can be fine machines once fettled, although I will warn you that headshells can be tough to come by...Still, if you're patient, you might find something suitable!

And at least, you have a headshell, unlike this guy...Wanna overpay? Buy THIS...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ELAC-Miracord-1 ... Sw4CFYr5we

Oh, and you could always build a turntable repair stand like Klaus' idea here...Click "DIY Repair Stand" on the first post...

viewtopic.php?f=37&t=65030

Yes, it works for Duals, but I'm sure it could accommodate an Elac, too!

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by Finn McCool » 30 Mar 2017 02:38

Thanks Master! Yes I have seen the repair stands and they are definitely something worth getting eventually. For now though, I need to see the underneath while the thing is in operation so that I can really understand how each part works. All the diagram studying still doesn't totally explain it! I am going to buy an old end table and cut a hole in it. There are overpriced units on the auction site all the time, CL too. Not sure what those guys are thinking! :?: #-o

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by Finn McCool » 30 Mar 2017 02:45

Here is a 10F that I have in a console. Bought it last year. Everything works but I have to go through it before putting it into regular use. It's a 1965 Fisher Custom Electra. It's essentially a Studio 10 with some cosmetic differences. Not quite as pretty as the 10 but close!

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by Finn McCool » 30 Mar 2017 02:48

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by vinyl master » 30 Mar 2017 04:14

Actually, I like the white...And it makes it a bit of a rarity! 8)

Never seen an Elac like that, but it looks classy! :D

I would consider fixing up that console, too, Finn...You just don't see a stellar-looking Elac in a console like that every day! Magnavox, Zenith, Perpetuum Ebner, Garrard, etc. maybe...Once in a while, you might even see a Dual...An Elac? Not so much...At least, not on my end!

I'd love to see a pic of the full console, too... =P~

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by mrwood » 30 Mar 2017 08:56

These are very attractive tables, in my opinion. I'll hope to encounter one on Craigslist.

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by Finn McCool » 30 Mar 2017 09:54

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Fisher Custom Electra VIII Console (1965)
(Model E-490)
Chassis: 49-T, 49-A
15 Tubes, 4 Transistors/50 Watts
Price: $695 (French Provincial/Italian Provincial/Early American/Mediterranean)
$645 (Contemporary)
TT: Miracord 10F
E-490-W (Contemporary/Walnut)

I certainly am not an expert but I believe that Fisher consoles from 1963 through 1966 had the 10F turntables. In 1967 they went to a range of Dual 10xx depending on what model console. The TOTL had a 1019 and the Custom Electra had a 1010.

The chassis plate of the 10F is not white but looks that way because of the flash. It is a very soft gray blue color. Glad you like it. My console is the Early American in dark cherry. I would have preferred the contemporary model but oh well, this is what was available!

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Re: How did you end up with an Elac?

Post by Finn McCool » 30 Mar 2017 10:05

You can see the color (although it is varied depending on the photo) in these pictures of a unit identical to mine here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 179&type=3

Mine is in nice shape, I managed to mess up the finish on the tuner faceplate by too aggressively cleaning it. Still kicking myself over that one! ](*,)

BTW, $695 in 1965 → $5,374.73 in 2017!! :shock:

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