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Post subject: Hamlin Special  PostPosted: Jul 15, 2014 - 10:13 PM
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Picked this up from a local auction for $25.

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It's a Hamlin Special.
The cord was shot, so I replaced it and oiled everything before spinning it up.
It spun up okay, but was a bit slow. I found a tension spring that held the idler wheel against the platter and took a few loops out of it and it works fine now.

Sounds okay with the current Shure N70 needle, but I have one on order anyway.

Couldn't find much about it except that it's actually a Suzuki Denki Musicmaster Point One Five (it actually says MusicMaster on the 45 adapter.)

I think I just found the turntable to go with my vintage Fisher tube amp and speakers!
 
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Post subject: RE: Hamlin Special  PostPosted: Jul 16, 2014 - 04:52 AM
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Great bit of history, but I wouldn't play anything valuable on it Smile .

Interesting thread about these things on Audio Karma - http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=273593

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Post subject: Re: RE: Hamlin Special  PostPosted: Jul 16, 2014 - 02:15 PM
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[quote="Graeme"]Great bit of history, but I wouldn't play anything valuable on it Smile .[/quote

gotta agree with Graeme!
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Hamlin Special  PostPosted: Jul 16, 2014 - 10:03 PM
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Graeme-

Yeah, I found that thread when I was trying to find some info on the turntable.
It would appear that mine is a step up from that one. It's a 4 speed and has the original tone arm (says Hamlin on the white bar towards the back.)

The tone arm is interesting. There's the usual pivot at the back, but it just pivots laterally. There is a second pivot point at the white bar that pivots vertically.
I can pop that white bar off and see that there is a tension spring in there that looks like it can be adjusted. The current stylus force is 2.6 (not bad, but I'll see if I can get it below 2.)

I would never put a valuable record on a turntable until I've gotten to know it a bit better. I have a half dozen records that I keep just for testing vintage turntables. I know what they're supposed to sound like and I'll tweak the table until I get that sound. Blood, Sweat & Tears' self titled album is a great one for this.

Oh, I also got a second 45 adapter with it. Turns out it's a vintage Gerrard adapter. I'll probably sell it and get half my money back that I paid for the turntable.
 
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19 Post subject: Exhibit but don't use it  PostPosted: Jul 23, 2014 - 01:03 PM
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Graeme wrote:
Great bit of history, but I wouldn't play anything valuable on it Smile

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        A really fine thingy for the display cabinet - not for use any longer. .

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