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Mel Layrisson

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1956 Provincial Serenade???
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:11:25 AM »
I cant seam to find my turntable and the strange cartridge.
Please help if you can.

Ken Doyle

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 10:49:59 AM »
Looks like a Collaro RC54 or similar with the Magnavox headshell and the Magnavox Pianissimo tilt cartridge.  I believe that is a crystal cartridge and is probably dead.

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 08:41:03 PM »
I ddn't realize they kept using those.  It's the cartridge design in my ca. 1951 model, but that one uses a Webster-Chicago changer.  Both of my 1956 models--Provincial Serenade and Magnasonic--use a more modern cartridge.  Maybe yours is just a bit older?

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 08:33:44 PM »
So can I just change the headshell? Or do they make a replacement cartridge for it?

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2018, 08:58:11 AM »

To make mounting a different cartridge easier, you could replace the headshell.  I believe you would want a "Type B" Collaro headshell.  They are often found in red or ivory, so you may want to paint it black.


Here's an example of a Type B headshell:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-COLLARO-PLUG-IN-PICKUP-HEAD-MOULDING-AND-FITTING-HEADSHELL-TYPE-B-/290892311767

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2018, 09:48:58 AM »
Do you know what mono cartiage I could use?

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2018, 01:47:02 PM »

I believe the original cartridge was a low-output crystal.  I would use a ceramic stereo cartridge, wired for mono, capable of tracking at around 5 or 6 grams.


This looks like a winner:
https://www.thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/part_detail.asp?PNumberBase=P132&SearchType=AssociatedItem&MfgName=&Categories=Output%200.1v%20to%200.6v

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2018, 08:27:37 AM »
It has to be 2 pin

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2018, 09:40:30 AM »

Wire R+ to L+, and R- to L-. 


By using a stereo cartridge, you'll be able to play stereo records without chewing them up.

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2018, 11:14:01 AM »
Ok awesome

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2018, 03:59:22 PM »
Guys I am so excited I just got the orginal needle in the mail
and the turntable works perfectly all I did was to relube
everything up. The needle is a diamond so it wont hurt the records. Listening to it right now a lite jazz. This magnavox was made for that.

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2018, 10:00:10 AM »
Great news that the cartridge is still good.  That's a great record changer, but it's a very complicated one which would be a real bear to disassemble.  I would, however, shy away from playing stereo records with a cartridge that has no vertical compliance.

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Re: 1956 Provincial Serenade???
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2018, 11:48:21 AM »
Ok. I ordered the stereo cartridge so I can switch them out when needed.