I have a Victrola and don't need parts. A co-worker just bought a Victrola and is asking me where's a good place for parts. He's looking for a needle to start with.
I know some of you work on these things. Who are your parts sources? Thanks.
"A needle"? He's supposed to change needle after each side played, so he'll need a bunch.
They're available: http://www.ebay.com/itm/300-SOFT-TONE-VICTROLA-NEEDLES-Phonograph-Gramophone-Vic trola-78RPM-Records-/381743165725
Try both the loud and soft needles as it makes a difference in tone quality depending on the record wear and use. The loud needles are generally 5-10 dba louder. Over the years I have collected and rebuilt 38 hand crank players from tiny hand held units to some hearty solid wood Sonora units. Found a deal years ago and bought 10,000 needles for really cheap!
PS- If you need new springs or gaskets try out.....
The gaskets get hard and brittle over time and a new set installed makes a huge difference in sound quality says a guy who ears hearing aids!
I hear you on the hearing aids. Thanks for the advice.
Here's the brand I bought last. Very good quality.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-NEW-PHONOGRAPH-NEEDLES-VICTOR-VICTROLA-3-99/32192718 6155?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao %3D1%26asc%3D38530%26meid%3D904f32c9c7f0423fab9d40a8a7b88df9%26pid%3D100005%26rk %3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D232054478742
You might also direct your friend here:
As for parts, there's a few sources. I like Ron Sitko in New York.
His contact info, and tons of others, is here:
He can also contact me I guess. I've got some parts and can do some repairs as well, though my time is a bit limited, (like everyone's I guess).
YOU GO OUT INTO THE DESERT AND FIND A GREAT LOOKING CACTUS.....
Thanks Jerry. I'll ask him what kind of help he needs and I'll get the two of you together via PM.
No need to wander into the desert...
I have a special cutter that looks like a lopsided pair of fingernail clippers made to cut a angled tip into bamboo strips to use as phonograph needles. Works well depending on the moisture content of the bamboo and sounds mellow!
Jerry, How many cactus thorns for .35 cents? Pretty expensive considering that in the 1920's the steel phonograph needles sold for less than 1 cent a piece. Labor out in the desert can be expensive!!!
I don't really know how many were in a pack. I have a few such packs but never really checked it out. I'm guessing at least 25.
Isn't the base of knowledge on here amazing? For my maternal grandparents Graphonola Favorite, I use bamboo. I have the plyer-like cutters that trims the needle.Not loud, but easy on records. I sold/traded away my Edison cylinder machines.Wish now I hadn't done that.
Jim, If it can be taken apart and fixed with hand tools someone here knows how to do it!
You might try Wyatts Musical Americana -they have about anything you might need -Great People - been in business for many years