July 28, 2013
It was crazy how quickly I found the record player. I thought for sure the box it was in was buried under a pile of boxes in the basement and it would take me several weeks to find it. Somehow though, in my wife’s hurry to move things out of the way to light the hot water heater, the box with the record player ended up on top of a stack of plastic containers. So all I had to do was open it and there it was.
For some strange reason I had it in my head it was a Panasonic or Technics record player, since I have a love for Panasonic, but the turntable was a Sony. As I got it upstairs and on to my kitchen table I realized the belt was loose. I popped off the rubber pad, and the metal turntable, and the belt was rolled into a ball in the corner. I was a little freaked out, I had no idea how to loop it or if it was broken. I gave it a shot to see if I could figure out were it went with no luck.
I turned to the Internet looking for some instructions, and found virtually nothing that could help. Then I turned to YouTube, no luck for Sony turntable belts. Finally, in desperation I dropped the Sony part, and finally I caught a break. There were several videos, and even though the one I watched was for a JVC turntable the idea was the same. The belt loops around that metal turntable and was an easy fix, thanks to the video.
Now for my next dilemma. The receiver even though it was from 1999 it still had a RCA jack for a phonograph, so no big issue. The turntable though has jacks that only stretch about a foot out of the back, and I need at least three feet of cable to make it to my receiver. This means I need RCA female to female connectors, I thought I had a pair but I can’t find them. It’s already late on a Sunday night so my dreams of hearing that analog sound of vinyl music will have to wait.