…overhaul your Victrola, of course!
This Victrola was like a tired, old Model T, dirty and rough running…
…and really needed to be cleaned so it would run smoothly. Well, like going through a Model T, you never know what you might find:
This cracked main spring definitely had to go. So off it went to be replaced by the experts (who had replacements and knew how to get it rewound without causing bodily harm) while I cleaned the rest…
…and figured out what to oil and grease:
Once the spring was back, everything went back together nicely…
…and it plays as good as it looks.
And what better record to play than a Ford record…
Lots of fun. Now if the Model T engine were only done.
Joe, are you gonna mount that in the back of the TT and provide the music at the rest stops on the tours? Might be able to defray some of the costs! Dave
That song goes, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah-dah-dah/dah/dah, umph, dah,dah,dah-dah-dah, ump, dah,dah,dah-dah-dat. etc. George House and I still play that song. He plays it on his tuba and I play it on fiddle. Every body knows that song. Right George??? =)
Herman and Einar played it at the Norwegian Sheepherders Ball.
Now that is very cool. Great, now another mechanical obsession is born. Thanks alot Joe.
Speaking of Polka? Does anyone recognize this gentleman?
Your spring was broken close enough to the end to re-punch the tear drop shaped hole and re-use. The play time would have only been slightly shorter, but still long enough to play several records.
Springs really are not difficult to install. I used to retore Victrolas and Edisons all the time until I lost interest in them. Removing the spring from the drum is the most dangerous part, but if you are careful and remove only a little at a time there should be no problems.
Anyway, congratualtions on your restoration. It looks great!