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#1 Matrixambience

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

Yes...I know this doesn't really classify as a "walkman", but I have one of these 1980's relics that play 33 and 45 RPM records and were considered actually high-end and very kind to records with diamond stylus and light tracking force. I have one MIB (mint in box), and works great, except one thing...the green lead wire underneath tonearm separated from terminal to cartridge so only have left channel thru headphones. The wire is so thin! I do not have capabilities to solder this wire on and no one in my area works on vintage stereos anymore...any ideas? Thanks!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:13 PM

Glue? :-D :

#3 Matrixambience

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:14 AM

Yes...I have heard of a conductive glue that works like solder, but not sure where to get it. Thanks walkgirl

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:44 PM

Conductive glue? :huh:

I mean 1 second glue!! :thumbsup: :-D

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:51 AM

Yes...I know this doesn't really classify as a "walkman", but I have one of these 1980's relics that play 33 and 45 RPM records and were considered actually high-end and very kind to records with diamond stylus and light tracking force. I have one MIB (mint in box), and works great, except one thing...the green lead wire underneath tonearm separated from terminal to cartridge so only have left channel thru headphones. The wire is so thin! I do not have capabilities to solder this wire on and no one in my area works on vintage stereos anymore...any ideas? Thanks!


What area? Surely someone will know how to solder, this is easy. Ask around.

Go buy a $15 soldering iron at radio shack, read a soldering tutorial somewhere and practice a bit on scrap wires, then remove the connector from the cartridge, hold it still in a pair of vice grips or pliers. and re-solder. This isn't surgery, soldering is easily learned with some practice.

Or join some of the audio forums like diyaudio.com and audiokarma, and look for a member in your area who may be able to help

#6 Matrixambience

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:16 AM

Oh I have soldered wires before, but apparently you haven't seen the wires on a Soundburger tonearm. Very micro thin and can't strip the wire coating off to expose the wire for contact to a terminal to get a good connection. There is a TV repairman a few miles south of me, maybe he can work his magic on these fragile wires. I live in south central PA,btw. thx.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Oh I have soldered wires before, but apparently you haven't seen the wires on a Soundburger tonearm. Very micro thin and can't strip the wire coating off to expose the wire for contact to a terminal to get a good connection. There is a TV repairman a few miles south of me, maybe he can work his magic on these fragile wires. I live in south central PA,btw. thx.


Ahh I know what you mean - magnet wire. You can carefully scrape the enamel off with a razor blade, and sometimes it's designed to burn off with the heat of a soldering iron. This is very small fiddly work, but well within the capabilities of someone with steady hands and experience working on electronics.

Another form I post on is http://www.videokarma.org - they have a lot of experienced repair men on there (I'm pretty sure more than a few from PA), and if you post this in the phono section, with a bunch of macro pictures I am sure it'll be sorted out quickly.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:57 PM

Hope you can get her repaired. Soundburgers are fantastic machines.



Rock On.

#9 Matrixambience

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:20 AM

You are right on Gluecifer! I think I found someone that has the right tools to fix this one wire on the tonearm. It is a TV repair/sales mom n' pop shop 8 miles south of where I live. They have been around for over 50 yrs! I remember back in the 70's and 80's,they used to sell 45 rpm records there too! I know they can solder it right because they told me they resolder broken car keyless fobs, and they can be tricky to work on, so a tonearm wire should be ok for them. Thanks everyone for helping me with ideas, and wish me luck! :-D

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:40 AM

Got it fixed...sold it for $300. Done.