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Mel Layrisson

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Collaro turntable
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:54:17 AM »
On my collaro, when I put a record on... it drops the record tone arm then raises and sits back down and turns off.  I'm a little stumped.

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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 06:29:06 PM »
Only on one record, or when you play more than one?

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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 09:11:10 PM »
The tone arm needs to tap the edge of the record in order to index the changer.  Look to see that this happens.  If not, you will have to adjust the tone arm so it taps the edge of the record.  There is an adjustment for that.  The service information is available in Downloads at the top of this page.  Good luck.
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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 11:08:23 AM »
I have a 1967 Micromatic W620 that does this too, but tone arm taps the record - then goes to rest before it shuts off. If I find out what is out of whack, Ill post it here.
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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 06:31:37 PM »
These record changers are pretty sturdy devices. They tend not to break or fail unless physically abused.  If they haven't been beaten or broken, then the problem is likely to be lubrication: petrified old lube and need for appropriate new lube. Old lube will make the parts not move where and when they are supposed to.  The cleaning and re-lubing process really isn't that  hard.  Photos help if the memory is frail so you can reassemble properly.  And if you're worried about a small spring escaping and hiding out, do the disassembly--reassembly in a big box.  That's the standard advice for rebuilding winches on a sailboat, where the worst sound is bounce-bounce-splash.  On the boat, cut a hole in a box and drop it over the winch, then take apart & reassemble.

We all love shortcuts and work-arounds.  I do.  But sometimes the best solution is just getting to work.

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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2018, 09:04:39 AM »
 Everything is free and lubed and still dosent land on the record when dropped.

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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2018, 05:53:48 PM »
When all else fails, I swear at it.

Next, I give the problem close study.  Watch how it cycles and what moves where. 

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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2018, 11:12:21 AM »
Chris,  I do all that and more ;) including the abusive commands. When that fails, I get another (working if Im lucky) changer and study the heck out of both, for a short times over several days.

Mel, I find that by manually spinning the platter and initiating functions, one gets hung up or misses tripping something the working player does. It takes a lot of patience to be sure. My only working Collaro Conquest, in a 1960 Maggie plays fine, manually but there is NO automatic action right now. I just wanted this console in the house and playing 2 years ago next month, I just never addressed this lingering bug or the scratchy-tuning FM.

I have possibly 3 more Collaro's to study, hoping at least one of those sets a good example ::)
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Re: Collaro turntable
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2018, 12:17:16 PM »
I'm sure somebody will want to get out the tar and feathers, but here is my idea..... ;)


I hate disassembling changers.  I simply will not do it under any circumstances, for anybody or for any reason.  So I cheat.  I spritz some WD-40 on a Q-Tip and wipe WD-40 on any place that has grease on it.  I let it stand a bit, then check to see if the grease is becoming softer.  If so, I test the changer for operation.  About 90% of the time, this is all it needs.  Unless it has been damaged, it will work again.  I change the motor mounts, drive tire and lube the motor.  This corrects lots of ills. 


Also cussing works wonders.  You can't just cuss half-heartedly.  You need to be serious and drag out all the good words.  Changers have a sixth sense.  You have to show them who's the boss.   ;) :)
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