Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

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Jmool
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Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by Jmool » 01 Apr 2015 08:01

Dear all vinyl lovers.
I'm new to this forum and this will be my first topic on this website. I'm a music /hifi enthousiast for almost 6 years now and I'm getting into vinyl, since CD is end of story and I hear more and more that vinyl is the quality of music to listen to.
I first bought a Thorens TD 166 MK2 and wanted to upgrade it, but I thought it's not special enough to go with the rest of my setup and so the search began for a special vintage table....finally I found one close to my house, it's a Transcriptor Skeleton....Wauw what a beauty I thought, this is the one I want in my house with the rest of my setup.

little info on the rest of my setup:

Mcintosh MX119 with MM phono preamp
Mcintosh Mc7205 (also using it for home theater)
Usher x718 speakers
Audio physic Yara subwoofer

But this one that I have found was not taken care off for a long time so its need a complete restoration. I'm missing the complete outer glass enclosure and the motor is not turning. I'm also missing the belt.

The problems and questions:

Here are some photo's from the condition that it is in. Does anybody know what type of cartridge that is?

Can anybody help me with the measurements of the glass enclosure, so I can have it made locally at a glass shop? I also need the measurements from the aluminum coners poles.
(I reed that the vibaration in the enclosure was a little problem with this unit, I was thinking of making a thicker bottom glass plate to have less vibration, what do you guys think?)

And the motor is not turning, when I power it up it's only vibrating. Anybody knows what the problem is and how to solve it? (read something about a capacitor that is working togheter with the motor)
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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by Jmool » 01 Apr 2015 16:57

So I took the unit of where the motor sits on and connected it to the power socket. I can feel the pulley fibrating but it is not turning. Now I opened the motor and found this, anybody some advice how to check if everything is still ok or what to look for.:
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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by Squiffything » 01 Apr 2015 20:53

Hi Jmool,

That's a project! Good luck and here's hoping you get it sorted. I'm a big Transcriptors fan though I've not looked at the Skeleton.

Three things:

1. Don't give up on the Thorens. They are great TT's look at a second project when this one is done :)
2. Mitchel Engineering is the go to company if you need bits or advice. Very helpful guys and always willing to offer assistance and advice and still stock parts.
3. Do not deal with Transcriptors/Mr Gammon! Read the threads on here regarding the problems people have had with the guy. The story's of TTs not being returned or returned worse than when sent, money lost etc.

Hope it turns out as well as it should and you will have a great TT.

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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by Jmool » 01 Apr 2015 21:30

Thanks alot. I also looked at the cartridge, it's a Pickering XV15 white.
It doesn't have a stylus.

Which stylus would be the best to suit the xv15.

I read that the pickering xv15 is a really good cartridge


Squiffything wrote:Hi Jmool,

That's a project! Good luck and here's hoping you get it sorted. I'm a big Transcriptors fan though I've not looked at the Skeleton.

Three things:

1. Don't give up on the Thorens. They are great TT's look at a second project when this one is done :)
2. Mitchel Engineering is the go to company if you need bits or advice. Very helpful guys and always willing to offer assistance and advice and still stock parts.
3. Do not deal with Transcriptors/Mr Gammon! Read the threads on here regarding the problems people have had with the guy. The story's of TTs not being returned or returned worse than when sent, money lost etc.

Hope it turns out as well as it should and you will have a great TT.

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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by Jmool » 02 Apr 2015 11:10

Anybody here that can measure there Skeleton glass enclosure or Transcriber.

Please I help me out on this one.

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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by Squiffything » 02 Apr 2015 12:01

Jmool wrote:Thanks alot. I also looked at the cartridge, it's a Pickering XV15 white.
It doesn't have a stylus.

Which stylus would be the best to suit the xv15.

I read that the pickering xv15 is a really good cartridge
Sorry Jmool, can't help on the stylus but have a look here http://www.pickeringuk.com/

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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by Jmool » 02 Apr 2015 21:15

YES!! First problem solved. Motor is running.

Only thing when it is in standby mode, than i can feel the motor vibrating is that normal?

How can i clean the motor and grease it again?

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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by hotte97 » 03 Nov 2015 23:12

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I first rebuild the arm

Regards
Piet
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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by ho66es » 08 Jul 2016 19:45

late to the game here, i have this tt and if you still need measurements etc happy to help :)
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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by packgrog » 12 Jul 2016 15:59

Squiffything wrote:3. Do not deal with Transcriptors/Mr Gammon! Read the threads on here regarding the problems people have had with the guy. The story's of TTs not being returned or returned worse than when sent, money lost etc.
Woah, first I've heard of that, after being added by him on FB. Not that I had any plans of changing my rig any time soon, and not to another UK rig if I ever do (I live so close to SoundStage Direct and VPI that I feel silly owning a TecnoDec), but it's good to have the heads up.

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Re: Transcriptor Skeleton restoration

Post by packgrog » 12 Jul 2016 16:00

ho66es wrote:late to the game here, i have this tt and if you still need measurements etc happy to help :)
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Well that is very pretty indeed! Nice!

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