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Post by PhonoBrit on Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:29 pm

Ok, I just installed a new idler wheel in this early 60's Ambassador console unit. However, the idler wheel isn't gripping the platter with enough tension to get it through the automatic cycle. I'm thinking that there might have been a spring between the silver post sticking up and possibly the flat piece that is also sticking up next to it. What do you guys think?


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Re: Ambassador Console Unit Issues

Post by fixinmyphono on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:30 pm

I think your right!
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Re: Ambassador Console Unit Issues

Post by PhonoBrit on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:25 pm

Ok then, so what do I do now?

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Post by fixinmyphono on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:29 pm

Give us a model number and maybe we can find some photos on what its supposed to look like. Smile
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Post by PhonoBrit on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:34 pm

Thanks! It appears that the part of paper that had the Model # has long since torn off but the Chassis # is 9064-17.

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try this

Post by fixinmyphono on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:53 pm

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see this again

Post by fixinmyphono on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:55 pm

if you see it in the photos you can get the model number and go from there http://members.cox.net/fisherconsoles/
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or here

Post by fixinmyphono on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:57 pm

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Re: Ambassador Console Unit Issues

Post by PhonoBrit on Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:43 pm

Those Fisher console units are completely different to mine (much higher quality).

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Re: Ambassador Console Unit Issues

Post by repairtech on Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:21 pm

It's a VM changer.
The tension spring should be underneath - one end fastened to the idler arm and other end to the chassis hook at the top of your photo - I can see the spring loop there.

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Re: Ambassador Console Unit Issues

Post by PhonoBrit on Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:11 pm

So it's fallen off then and needs to be placed on top again?

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Re: Ambassador Console Unit Issues

Post by Bill Cahill on Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:09 am

Actually, I believe the spring might go below on this one. Gary Stark of VM Enthusiasts can help, and, I'm positive, find you the spring from his vast inventory from what used to be the VM corporation.
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Post by PhonoBrit on Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:14 pm

The spring underneath is still attached.

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Re: Ambassador Console Unit Issues

Post by PhonoBrit on Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:40 pm

Ok, to get more "bite" from the idler wheel as it wasn't quite hitting the center of the motor spindle. I removed the paper fiber washer from underneath the ilder wheel and this lowered the idler wheel and made it purchase more of the spindle as it was now centrally located on the spindle wheel. The platter now has enough torque to get it through the automatic cycle.

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