Hi All, I always wanted a wind up player, and a few years ago I found a VV-215! I completely restored it and it works great! SO a year ago I came across a Columbia Grafonola (Model A I believe, successor to the 25?) Different from the Victrola in many ways...but similar in others. ANYWAY, I completely restored it too! and I was using it last night...until I broke the spring. I knew it when it happened... :-[ I didn't realize that the spring was already wound-up that far and I gave it 2 more cranks and boom..broke right at the end, so I can fix it...but: My question is...since this model uses a welded pin (not like a Victrola post) to attach the end of the spring to the barrel...when it breaks...does anyone have a method they have used to reattach it? I need to drill a new hole in the end of the spring, but would it be better to drill out the pin and use a screw/nut combo...maybe some JB Weld too? I could also try to make a tear shaped hole like the Victors and then put it back over the pin and JB Weld it on? Should I put a slight bend on the end to help it from snapping again? Just not sure and wanted to see if anyone has worked on replacing a spring in an old Grafonola like this before and what method you used to do so. Thank you! Mike
I would not drill out an original pin if it's not broken off. I would try and re-make the hole as it was, or replace the spring with a correct new one. Since I do not own this model I cannot answer your other questions. This forum is pretty dead, so I would post these questions again on The Talking Machine Forum forum.talkingmachine.info/index.php It is very active and I'm sure you will get all your questions answered there. Good luck Andreas
I didn't realize how dead this forum was until I posted. I had to have the spring barrel replaced and a new gear too. The spring had been fixed before, maybe 70 years ago, and because of that I had to get all new parts for that size of the barrel.
It is a dead forum. Seems like facebook groups rule as king now. Lot of times the forum pages don't update. Still uses the grainy 32 bit system setup, and pop up ads. I'm on a windows 10 format. and its really a buggy page. Needs to upgrade, don't get many replies anymore. this forum is no longer secure. Hopefully the operator of this forum can upgrade and reconstruct this forum, and make it more enjoyable as it used to be 10 years ago. I bought 78s blues records from roaring 20s around that time
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