RKnack wrote:Out of curiosity, what sort of lubricants should I use, and in which places, on the player? Obviously being a Garrard, the old grease will have turned to epoxy resin. I have been told that the grease used on the trip cam surfaces is no longer available but that powdered graphite is fine, but what about elsewhere? Anything that I might already have around (like automotive bearing grease), or can be gotten in SMALL quantities from a local source (hardware store, auto parts store, etc.)?
Any trip assemblies should be cleaned and dry, totally free, no lubricants other than a very slight smear of grease on the "friction link", exactly as documented in the service manual.
All "grease" points stated use a light smear, including the cam track, all rotating parts/stems/pivots use a light oil including the cam follower rotating stud which seizes on all of them.
Of course, a suitable de-greaser, rags, cue-tips, and time are involved to clean all this stuff beforehand.
For oil, I suggest "Zoom Spout" oil, for grease, "Super Lube with PTFE".
Motor flushed, cleaned, and Zoom oil in the bearings.
Tonearm horizontal pivot shaft removed, the ball at the bottom cleaned, oiled.
All deteriorated/sagging motor mounts replaced with new ones.
Idler refinished carefully or replaced - all these rubber parts are available online from Gary at VM.
Usually, a complete teardown of the underside mechanism is required after 40-50 years.
I doubt anyone can say otherwise, if a proper servicing and reliability is to be had.
Of course you'll get those that insist on skimping, or doing a shortcut of some sort - and that's because they don't fully understand or care about doing "the right job".
And the job takes hours to do.
It's like the guy who does service on your car, and you don't know you've been ripped off until the car breaks down later on because of "shortcuts".