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The thorough restoration of an antique record player involves the application of many sciences. For example, the model B Edison standard Phonograph requires knowledge in wood cabinet repair and applying a finish coating on wood and/or metal. It also requires a knowledge of clockwork motors, power main springs, acoustics, and a familiarity with some machine tools. The embodiment of all these worth-while sciences is what makes vintage record players such a valuable artifact, and the hobby of collecting them so rewarding.
My wife, Patti, and I needed to know something or know some- one who knew something about each of these different fields in order to provide a complete supply catalog for the restoration of vintage mechanical record players. Main spring production requires understanding the metallurgy of spring steel and knowledge of how steel is produced. This way, the original tolerances can be achieved and the correct part provided for the best price. Mica production and processing knowledge allows us to produce the best diaphragm and to recognize a faulty one. We share our knowledge so that a conplete, thorough, and effective restoration can be accomplished. This way, our products and the antique phonograph are well represented.

Experience has become our most valuable resource. Since we are working with used equipment, which likely was stored for posterity after it no longer functioned, it is important to know when worn parts are usable or when they should be replaced. The fact that a part is still working is not proof that it should not be replaced. Often a component is near break down or not functioning well. We should know what good quality repair parts are available and avoid doing damage to components that would be difficult and expensive to make.

The antique restorer is faced with the unique challenge of repairing a mechanical device with an indefinite useful life expectancy. Seventy-five years ago, a record player mechanic would be correct when he patched up a Victor III to run "well enough for now". His client could be advised to save for a new style Victrola and cut corners on the repair of the old model. After all, by 1918 the case could be made that Victrolas were improving remarkably over the past few years. Today you have done a disservice to an important artifact with any repair that falls short of a thorough restoration. I would like to advance this belief by sharing my knowledge and experience with collectors.

-APSCO Answer Man

APSCO Answer man ? APSCO Answer man 1975

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