Sansui SE-9

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  1. zeprok123

    zeprok123 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Recently saw this and I just had to have it! I've always been a fan of Sansui, owning a 7070, 9090 etc Long story short, it made it's way from Guam to me here in the Chicago area. Physically it's in great shape but when I press the flat button the motor shaft on the right of pic spins but doesn't make contact with the gear. I noticed looking at the pic the shaft seems to extend farther out than the motor on left. Could that be the issue? I've got both manuals. I have no idea how to adjust right motor "y axis"? I hate dealing with dial strings and pulleys. Any ideas? I've got a tech locally I just may take it to but would love to figure it out.
     

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  2. maxhifi

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    That's a worm gear, you're right, it's supposed to be centered on the gear it's driving. I would remove the two screws holding the motor in, and then figure out why the worm isn't firmly attached to the shaft of the motor. If the nylon has cracked, you could be out of luck. If the worm gear is okay, Clean the motor shaft and the worm gear with alcohol, put a drop of glue into the hole of in the worm gear, and push it on to the shaft. Let the glue dry, and then mount the motor back on its screws. It should then work.

    Clean all that old grease off the gears with alcohol, and smear a bit of lithium grease or similar on them for lubrication.
     
  3. zeprok123

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    Ok, thanks. Getting to those 2 screws will be a challenge but I'm up for it. Might not be until this weekend. Can't wait to get it working. Don't have the original mic for it so I bought the Behringer mic and phantom ps that other AKer's have recommended.
     
  4. zeprok123

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    Yesterday I was able to remove the 2 screws that hold motor to metal plate. Ideally a small offset ratchet screwdriver would have worked nice but had to remove front cover and move right channel circuit board a little so I could use
    screwdriver. Worm gear was in tact so I pushed on motor shaft and it moved back into motor. Could it be this simple? Put everything back together and fired it up and wasn't it expecting it to work but sure enough it is. Took a video of
    the start up but I was so happy I may have said a few expletives, so I'll just post the pic of shaft pushed back into motor.
     

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  5. zeprok123

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    Well, it was fun while it lasted. Worked fine for awhile but then same motor is buzzing and maybe has an internal issue. I've read these motors are hard to find and unable to open for repair. I think I'll trying lining gears up again and shoot some faderlube inside. Here's a link to a video I made showing it working then not.

     
  6. zeprok123

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    Took motor out again and pushed worm gear out from motor shaft a little with a flat screwdriver thinking that it should match the X-motor. Didn't use any spray in motor shaft.
    Still not working. So at this point I know both motors are working and unit was working for awhile. Something I saw on SM was that the distance between the spring that adjusts
    string tension was 2-3 mm as shown in picture. Whenever I tried pinching the brackets to make spring tension tighter the unit worked for awhile. I'm wondering if I need to replace
    the spring at the y-axis motor?
     

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  7. maxhifi

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    In that video, is the worm gear slipping on the shaft, or is the shaft going in and out on the motor? Also, what's the buzzing sound, I can't tell what moved?

    I think a drop of glue to keep the worm gear on the shaft would be a big help, also, make sure there's not bad lubricant making the string need excessive force to move.
     
  8. zeprok123

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    I don't believe worm gear is slipping. It took some force to pry it out a little on shaft. There is some in and out play of the motor shaft. I think the buzzing is the 2 gears not lining up. Motor works fine when removed
    with no buzzing. I think I'll swap springs today and see what happens. The tension on string has some slack and when I make it tighter it works a little. The screw that adjusts the tension can't be tightened any further
    so hoping it's the spring. I'll look into the bad lube thought also, thanks
     
  9. LBPete

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    What mechanism is being driven by that worm gear? The gear moving on the shaft could be a symptom of a very different mechanical problem. Check the mechanism that moves when that motor is activate. I'm willing to bet its stuck or not moving smoothly causing an excessive load on the gear train.

    - Pete
     
  10. zeprok123

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    It moves the string that controls y-axis of the EQ controls. A pic says it best. maxhifi mentioned above that the lubricant could be bad. Maybe that's putting excess load on gear. Tomorrow I'll give it a good cleaning of the old grease. I did have it working after I pushed shaft in, I have the video, lol. thanks Pete
     

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  11. maxhifi

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    That black goo all over everything can't be helping much, a Q-tip saturated in 99% isopropyl alcohol, and lots of patience, will get it all off. then you can try again.
     

     

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  12. zeprok123

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    Thanks again, I've read as much as I can find on Google regarding this EQ and I did find that the black goo sounds like it is from factory. Gets old over time? I've got the recipe, Q-tips and 99% alcohol, and yes, patience is a virtue so I hear. Luckily I'm off this week.
     

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