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Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 15:03
by apastuszak
This is what happens when you try to remove a cartridge from a turntable that has not been removed for 38 years:

https://i.imgur.com/s4a1fn7.jpg

It took some effort on my part to remove this cartridge. The cables were tight, and it took an insane amount of wiggling to get them off. And one post decided to come off with the cable and then went flying off somewhere.

If I can find the post, can I re-attach it somehow?

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 15:08
by billshurv
yes, but is it worth the effort? What is the cartridge?

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 15:23
by wolfie62
Is that GLUE I see around the black plastic that holds the connector pins??? (yellow hard substance?) What is the turntable? What is the arm? What is the cartridge?

Not a p-mount cart, either.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 16:33
by apastuszak
This is a Realistic R1000 EDT from a Realistic LAB 440 turntable.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 16:39
by billshurv
Ah ok, in that case not worth the bother other than for fun. Shure bodies are still relatively easy to find, so if the stylus is good get a new body or consider an upgrade.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 16:54
by wolfie62
Pretty common. I have 2 of them.
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Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 17:49
by apastuszak
I already have a SuperOM on there. So, no need to fix it. Just curious if it was even worth the trouble.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 03 Dec 2019 19:36
by bhuston
No.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 03 Dec 2019 20:20
by AsOriginallyRecorded
On it's own merits, a pleasant and versatile cartridge, often used as the upgrade for Realistic turntables. Might have been redeemable with a gentler touch, but as mentioned, appear regularly on ebay and the like, for not much money. Would be nice to have an "original" fitment cartridge to your TT as a reference of the original sound however.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 04 Dec 2019 03:33
by apastuszak
wolfie62 wrote:
02 Dec 2019 16:54
Pretty common. I have 2 of them.

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Feel like selling one of them?

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 07 Dec 2019 12:14
by AudioFeline
You have absolutely nothing to loose by trying to repair the cart, and everything to gain.
It will be a fun exercise to try. But don't be too upset if you can't fix it.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 07 Dec 2019 14:06
by apastuszak
AudioFeline wrote:
07 Dec 2019 12:14
You have absolutely nothing to loose by trying to repair the cart, and everything to gain.
It will be a fun exercise to try. But don't be too upset if you can't fix it.
Now the question is, what do I have to do to fix it?

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 07 Dec 2019 21:46
by Collux
The generator (guts) needs to be extracted carefully, rear-ward from the body.
The glue may be able to be softened with heat (not too much!) to assist with removal.
Alternatively, solvents may be tried. (again care required!)
-otherwise it's going to be purely a mechanical exercise, to do the best you can.

Upon removal, the generator coils need to be checked for continuity, to see it you have 2 working circuits.
Then it's a matter of restoring the connecting pins.

Re: Is there any way to fix this kind of damage?

Posted: 18 Dec 2019 13:34
by apastuszak
Went a less painful route. Found a NOS cartridge on eBay. Just came in the mail about a half hour ago.

https://i.imgur.com/s5N5aoY.jpg