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    1. Eric Jeska
      Eric Jeska
      Hi Marc
      I keep reading about your wonderful AR XA upgrade kits but can’t find any other info about them. I’m in the process of restoring my old AR XA that I bought used in 1975. Would like to know more about the sapphire bearings, etc.
      Thanks
      Eric in Kalamazoo
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi Eric, it's easiest to contact me via email. BaMorin@AOL.com

        Marc
        May 16, 2018
    2. Turu
      Turu
      Good morning. I write from Italy. I own an AR The Legend since 1984; now there is a noise from the engine, and assistance tells me it should be replaced. Where can I find one?
      Thank you, and sorry for my bad english writing!
      Ettore
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        bet all it needs is oiled. add a drop where the pulley shaft exits the motor, let it run, belt off, add additional drops every hour or so. it should quiet down. Pretty simple motor to work on. Your english is better than my Italian
        Feb 7, 2018
      2. Turu
        Turu
        Thanks, but: to add a drop where the pulley shaft exits the motor, will I have to separate the pulley shaft from the motor and/or to unscrew the whole motor?
        Apr 20, 2018
      3. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        No, you won't have to remove the pulley. just the belt. use a syringe or a pipette to add a drop or two to the top motor bushing, and let it run. add a drop every hour or so. It will eventually seep down the shaft and into the main sleeve of the motor.
        Apr 20, 2018
    3. perth_artist
      perth_artist
      Hey marc,
      I was hoping to have a chat about modding my ar77xb. I sent you an email to your email address listed in posts below.
      Im thinking of getting my tonearm modded, but curious of costs involved.
      Thanks
      Chris
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi, rebuilding the arm in it's current configuration runs $115.00 for rewire, internally damp tube, rebuild pivot assembly with sapphire jewels and micro polished pins. Shipping from the US to Australia is quite expensive.
        Dec 7, 2017
      2. perth_artist
        perth_artist
        Is this something I could undertake with help, I could possible buy the necessary parts from you if needed ?
        Dec 8, 2017
      3. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi, take this to PM, not enough room to type a response here
        Dec 8, 2017
    4. halkaloogie
      halkaloogie
      You seem to be the guy for AR XB's
      I have a nice restored example with an Audio Technica At95e cartridge. I have been looking around for an upgrade and wanted to know if there were anything I should look out for or be aware of when deciding on a replacement.

      Thanks
      Gabe
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Replacing the AT 95E? If you like the AT house sound there's quite a few that will be upgrades. There are other styli that fit that cart that are a n improvement. the 120 is a big step up if looking to change the cart. Lots of styli options for that also. One of my carts is a Signet AM body with the ATN 152LP stylus. pretty impressive.
        Nov 24, 2017
    5. Pat Miller
      Pat Miller
      Dear Mr Morin;

      I just purchased a single motor Ar xa in working condition; while searching for information on my new turntable you name came up as the person to contact for senseable solutions,for keeping a 50 year old deck spinning properly.
      Thanks
      Pat
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi Pat, I do a lot of work on them. easiest to go over questions or details
        via email

        BaMorin@AOL.com

        Marc
        Jun 27, 2017
    6. Sir Bakerman
      Sir Bakerman
      Hey Marc,
      I replied to you on the thread about cartridges. I am still here I just don't post very much. I am still enjoying the Thorens. Your instructions have proved invaluable in keeping the table spinning smoothly. I hope all is well with you , shoot me a message if you get a chance.
      Steve
    7. keith walker
      keith walker
      hello Mr. Morin. I recently damaged the wiring in a tonearm on a Empire 698. I have been told the entire tonearm needs to be rewired. the seller i bought this turntable from sent me your name, and stated that he contacted you, and that you sounded interested in taking on this repair. Or, would you know of someone else that would be interested in repairing this item for me? thanks for your help in advance.
    8. LarryRS
      LarryRS
      Hi Marc, I just bought an early 2-motor XA (serial number 36237). The main motor isn't working - the wiring to it seems to be OK, and there is no obvious interference when I turn it by hand. I read in a post your reference to replacement motors (1.5W Haydon, 3W 80's Hurst, 3W 60's Hurst motor). Can you tell me where I might purchase your recommended replacement? Is there something else I should check?
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi, with either motor you go with, you will need a pulley also. The haydon motor is getting scarce. A new Hurst motor I stock. in either NOS original 70-80s, and also new current production. The top plate will have to be drilled/tapped for them to mount. You will also have to reconfigure the power supply to them, as the original two motor table did not use a run capacitor. pretty simple process though.
        May 27, 2017
    9. MuZak
      MuZak
      Trying to find the thread you mentioned...
    10. joff
      joff
      Hello Marc, Isn't you an email regarding AR tonearm mods. Not sure if you got it though?
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi Joff, just found the email and responded to it. Sorry for the delay
        Marc
        Jan 31, 2017
    11. joff
      joff
      Hello Marc, My name is Jon Palmer and I am close to getting a box which contains the parts for a complete AR XB. I have been looking for one of these after seeing your work. I was particularly drawn to the use of a plain bearing for the horizontal arm movement. I am in the UK which makes sending parts to the US very expensive. Any information or guidance you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
      All the best Jon
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi, the horizontal bearing is a oiled sleeve the pivot post rides in. were you referring to the vertical bearings?

        my email is BaMorin@AOL.com
        Jan 8, 2017
      2. joff
        joff
        Thanks for the reply Marc. I have emailed you
        Jan 8, 2017
    12. GoHokies96
      GoHokies96
      Marc, I sent you my XA tonearm a few months ago to get modified; had you install new bearings and wiring. I'm loving the results so far, but looking into the future, I'd really like to have the opportunity to use different cartridges other than what goes with the stock headshell. That said, is there any way that I could send it back to you and have you swap the stock tonearm tube? Thanks in advance for all your help!
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Sure, shouldn't be a problem.
        Sep 16, 2016
      2. GoHokies96
        GoHokies96
        Great! Mind sending me your email so we can talk that way? Also, I won't be able to ship anything until mid October. Turntable's at home and I'm in Virginia right now for school. Is that much of a wait okay?
        Sep 16, 2016
      3. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi, email address is BaMorin@AOL.com. Mid October is fine
        Sep 16, 2016
    13. Pootybear
      Pootybear
      It was the at least twice the thickness of the tonearm thrust plate. The spindle measures 2 and 3/8ths inches from ball to where it goes into the platter.
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        OK, you have an XB subplatter, as the XA measures 2 1/8th. The thrust plate you had in there is not "AR", somebody added that. Dunno why, could have been numerous reasons on their part. The thust plates I have are 0.060" nominal thickness. the original AR plates were 0.040"-ish
        Aug 21, 2016
    14. Pootybear
      Pootybear
      That is the tall XB spindle thrust plate, right.
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        the only "tall" one I'm aware of is when they used an XA subplatter (for what ever reason, inventory?) in an XB table. that delrin spacer is 1/4" thickness. The difference in length of spindle between an XA and XB.
        Is that what your table needs? measure the length of your spindle from ball end to where it meets the bottom of the subplatter.
        Aug 21, 2016
    15. Pootybear
      Pootybear
      Thanks for the quick response. How much for the platter and tonearm thrust bearings, and how do I pay you.
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi, the thrust plates run $10 ea shipped 1st class envelope. To clean the spindle up you should email me for directions and the materials if needed. Paypal works for me as long as it's F/F.......and you send mailing address to email acct and not paypal acct.
        Aug 20, 2016
    16. Pootybear
      Pootybear
      Hi Marc,
      I'm still needing my XB arm Marcmorinified, just waiting to have enough extra money. Just wondering if you sell or know anyone who sells XB platter thrust pads. I think I lost mine today, but will tear the basement apart if need be. Thanks for all that you do to keep these wonderful tables alive.
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        I have thrust bearings. I make them from acetyl delrin, which is a touch tougher than original. the spindle ball end should be refinished also.
        BaMorin@AOL.com
        Aug 20, 2016
    17. Kat Cannon
      Kat Cannon
      Marc,
      AR xa table speed is inconsistent. Is this a motor problem? I would like to get it fixed. Hope you can help,
      -Kathie kscannon@hotmail.com
    18. GoHokies96
      GoHokies96
      Marc,

      Just shot you an email the other day and today about my sending my arm out to you along with some questions about cartridge alignment once it comes back. If you could shoot me a message here on AK or an email to let me know you're getting my messages, I'd be very appreciative! You really have helped me out a lot and I can't wait to hear the difference on the tonearm when it comes back!

      -Mike
    19. Panamafred
      Panamafred
      Hi Marc, I've just gotten an AR-XA but it doesnt have the little ball bearing in the tonearm well. I've seen you chime in on a number of threads about this, could we arrange for me to purchase one from you? Thanks, I've really valued all of your posts on these turntables and am looking forward to having mine run at its best.

      If you prefer email, I am chief4corn@gmail.com,

      Thanks!
    20. Grbluen
      Grbluen
      1. marcmorin
        marcmorin
        Hi, If your looking for a table for me to go through, I can supply an XB for less than that. I try to keep 2-3 tables in inventory for such things. If looking simply for an XB, that price isn't out of line. Most donors people have sent of late they bought for similar money have been a bit of a money pit.
        Marc
        Jun 3, 2016
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