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#1 Transistorized

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 08:40 PM

Every day, several times a day...(for several years now) I've gone to eBay and typed in Conion just to see what pops up. Well yesterday this popped up with a Buy it Now Price that had me going   :jawdrop:  and I think I broke my mouse button.


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I'm so happy.. Yes the cassette decks need help but all else is working (according to the seller 100% positive feedback). I'm stoked!!! While I will not disclose the final price I can say that it had my wife smiling :thumbsup: ...including shipping!!!!! :clap:  and that's hard to do. 


Finally Goldie will have a twin sister in Silver  :smooch:


Fingers crossed it arrives safely.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 09:16 PM

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She's not in Goldies shape but I'll take it. Worth a gamble on whether it's belts keeping the decks from working or not. If not I'll enjoy it as a stereo with Auxiliary input option. And if worst come to worst...parts if needed. Either way. I'm a happy camper :-)

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:10 AM

Saw this one! Glad to see it went to a caring home :-) You'll get that deck working, we'll make sure of that if you're willing :yes:


Congrats brutha! Waiting for some double-trouble pics ;-)

#4 redbenjoe


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 04:32 AM

i also spent years on that every day --every hour route

and loved the occasional PAYOFF !!!!

#5 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 04:46 AM

Way to go!!! What a find! Fingers crossed she’s a goer!! :-)

James... :-)

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 05:50 AM

Well done! Sometimes a good one just falls in your lap, sometimes it's a hard slog

#7 metalhandbag

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 10:12 AM

Well done good to see .

#8 MyOhMy

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 10:16 AM

Nice one, I feel you're still grinning from ear to ear!  :-D  :thumbsup:

#9 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:28 PM

I know that feeling well...

Congratulations bro. She looks great and you have your deck door!

Looking forward to future posts in this one

#10 KeyserSoze

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 01:51 PM

Hey, good catch man, hopefully one day my C-100F boat will come in.

#11 Transistorized

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:24 AM

Thanks everyone. Just noticed this on eBay. Not a bad price for a fully working example including the box. Just missing the treble knob.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 04:24 AM

Including Burglar alarm?

#13 Transistorized

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 08:03 PM

Well guys...it showed up and I just couldn't help but to dig right in and start my repairs. I fixed the radio as the stations only came through as mono. It now plays the radio in stereo. All controls were cleaned with deoxit and restored to good working order. I had a belt for Tape 2 but none for the Tape 1 deck. So for now I replaced the belt on Tape 2, adjusted the tape speed and azimuth and had to clean the mechanical switch that selects the audio from side one to side two. This got that deck singing after many years of non use. And it plays VERY well.

As of now other than cosmetics it just needs belts for tape 1.

Here's a clip of it in action. Sorry about the music. Its an old Paula Abdule cassette. I chose this because I didn't know if it was going to eat a tape and I didn't care about that one...lol Happy so far :-) It'll be nice once I get the belts for the lower deck. Spinning it by hand it seemed to run through all of the functions.

I was able to find a way to change the belt on the middle deck without pulling the chassis. Took 15 minutes and I was done with that belt.

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#14 baddboybill

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 04:39 PM

Fantastic box,great news for you. I'm still looking but they are quite expensive. I'm having to sell some or I'd be really looking . Moving is a bummer. Very happy for you,these are quite loud!!😎

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 05:11 PM

How does the upper deck sound, do you notice any weird background noise in either play direction?

#17 Transistorized

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:23 PM

How does the upper deck sound, do you notice any weird background noise in either play direction?

When I first brought the upper deck out of it's coma it did all kinds of weird things. Played muffled, often only on one channel, hummed and made crackling noises through the speakers while playing. The humming and background noise would get worse or better simply by touching any of the front knobs.


Long story short. Muffled issue was solved by adjusting the azimuth (which is simple once you know to use the holes through the circuit boards to the adjustment screw) but the humming and static I isolated to the selector switch circuitry that selects which pickups in the head to use. The switch was dirty internally and it was causing a ground issue and extra noise.


Not wanting to take the switch apart and remove soldered wires I opted to blast the heck out of it with tuner cleaner. Flipped the switch back and forth 20 times and whalla. Humming gone and channels work the way the are supposed to work on playback (both sides). 


I have noticed on both my C100's that the upper deck will always have more static hiss in the background due to this pickup design. By it's very nature increases noise levels but it gets insane when the contacts get dirty.


Azimuth adjustment cleaned up any reverse track noises and crispness, deoxit on the pickup head switch repaired the humming. The top deck plays perfectly. Crisp highs and deep lows. I was amazed. Hope this helps :-)

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:35 PM

Yep you found the culprit! That darned head switch. That thing was a beotch to pull out and disassemble so it's good to see that it's possible to clean in place :clap: