Pioneer PL-950, Couple questions

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  1. Windwalker

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    Ended up with a PL-950 somewhere along the way
    seems to be a decent table, this is the one with the ULM Straight Arm

    cant't seem to find a service manual on ii

    I pulled the bottom and lubed what I could get to easily(there's a big plastic plate, with lots of bits connected to it that blocks some places)
    mechanism is fairly smooth, now. Seems a tad clunky/noisy to me but that may just be the table itself(and plastic shell amplifies)

    Anyone service one of these? Any pointers on lube points?

    Holds's speed well

    It has the Pioneer 5MC cartridge on it, stylus is "just okay" it does track at about 1.75g okay and sounds decent

    Probably could use a replacement stylus
    All I'm really seeing for replacement stylus is the $59 748-D7 at VOM

    Will likely be passing the table on, so looking for LOW cost alternatives

    Anyone with suggestions for perhaps a new cart that would work well this Arm/table

    Thanks
     
  2. Balifly

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    May be the same turn table as the Pioneer PL-S50. :idea:
    https://www.vinylengine.com/library/pioneer/pl-s50.shtml

    If so try the service manual for the Pioneer PL-S40.
    https://www.vinylengine.com/library/pioneer/pl-s40.shtml

    Try a Ortofon OM 10 cartridge if you like the Ortofons.

    Example:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORTOFON-OM1...580095?hash=item51fdc0293f:g:4ewAAOSwwzhZTTUm
     
  3. boreas

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    The Pioneer 5-MC is a high output moving coil and pretty good so, if you replace it, don't chuck it. Styli for it are pretty hard to find but they do appear from time to time, expensive though.

    The thing that's likely to catch you out during disassembly are some of the linkages from the buttons mounted to the top of the plinth and end up attached to components on the bottom plate. Accordingly, you'll want a service manual for a similar fully automatic turntable, like maybe a PL-7.

    And, yes, the auto-return mechanisms on these do sound cheap and plasticky.

    John
     
  4. Windwalker

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    Thanks all
    I think I probably lubed it pretty good, maybe just give up on the clunky noises

    Is Ortofon likely my only option for inexpensive cartridge replacement ?
     
  5. Balifly

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    Any cartridge with mid/high compliant stylus will do - due to the light weight tone arm. :music:
     
  6. Windwalker

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    So taking a wild A$$ guess here but maybe a AT-92ECD might work
    granted it's a p-mount, would having to use the 1/2"adapter make it worthless???
     
  7. Balifly

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    Might as well give the AT 92 ECD with the adapter a try.

    Should work! :music:
     
  8. Windwalker

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    Bali

    Dug around in my bits-n-pieces drawer
    Found a Realistic RX1500(AT102P)and had the 1/2" adapter
    ordered a new Stylus, here, for cost and new owner can upgrade down the road if they choose to

    Seems this should likely work as well and I can hang onto the 5MC


    also found a DR350 but if I read correctly the AT102 might be a better performer
     
  9. Balifly

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    Good choices! :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Windwalker

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    My bitsnpieces drawer is missing that d@mn tiny screw that secures the p-1/2"
    my local ACE hardware shut down, they were really good for that sort of stuff
    going to check Lowes, not holding my breath though
    smallest I have is 4mm and needs to be thinner than that
    guess if push comes to shove I can just buy new/used adapter
    but that puts me at cost of maybe just having gone with AT92
     
  11. Balifly

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    When you plug the cartridge into the adapter, put small pieces of Scotch tape on either side for added insurance.

    They are usually quite tight in fitting, not much chance of coming apart. :no:
     
  12. Windwalker

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    good to know
    Lowe's was no go on screw
     
  13. Windwalker

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    Stylus came in today got it mounted on the RX1500(AT102P) cart
    I found a P-mount screw at ACE hardware

    Think I've got it aligned pretty well, used a Baerwald
    set overhang at around 56mm which is what the PL-640 instructions call for
    Tracking at about 1.75g

    Sounds pretty decent, tad bright for my tatse but only played one side of a clapton album so far
    I'm sure someone will be happy to get it
     
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  14. Windwalker

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    Cueing seems a bit harsh on set down
    Not sure if do to weight or just needing new damping fluid
    and not sure if that can be refilled
     

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