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Victor Orthophonic Credenza
By Lamar Boulet

Thanks very much for your discourse on the Credenza.  I just knew there
was someone out there who could help me.

Perhaps you can help me further.  The set screws, on the main shaft on
which the springs are mounted are, will not back out.  One of them
turns about one round and the other less than a quarter round.  I have
soaked them with WD-40, but as of yet, they will not give.  Is there a
secret involved here?

I have two cabinets, one had the electric motor.  The old gentleman who
trained me in piano tech had it and  used to play it often.  It sounded
great.  Of course that was back in the 'forties.  I lost track of it
and finally got it after the motor etc. was lost.  I still have most of
the records.

I recently was given this other cabinet, wind-up model.  The springs
seem in good shape, but as you have advised, I have been attempting
to get the springs out to clean them.   Those set screws are holding
me up.  I have the 'reproducer' mounted at last with a cardboard tube,
connecting it to the 'tone arm'.

I hope it works.  The 'reproducer' seems to be in good condition,
all glued together.  Now for some needles.

What material is used to make the 'fiber' needles?  Am I correct in
assuming that the fiber needles will do less damage to these old

As mentioned before, this machine fell out of a truck and sat in water
for a period.  The two front doors were warped very bad and the veneer
was, well, you know what.  I removed the veneer by soaking in water,
put the doors under weights and clamps and to my surprise, they are
almost as straight as they ever were.  Now I plan to put the veneer
under a little damp pressure to smooth it out and replace it to the
doors.  The main basic cabinet structure is all back together and
holding.  I used hot animal glue for all of this reconstruction.

This is taking a lot of time, which I have at this point.   I am a
semi-retired organ builder and piano tech.

Also in my shop are two disc music boxes going through the process of
coming back to life.  Also plan to start soon on making a small barrel
organ following the instructions in the book by J. C. Kleinbauer.

Lamar Boulet

(Message sent Mon 24 Aug 1998, 13:55:59 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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