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Victrola - Antique Record Player Repair

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Antique mechanical record players have similar characteristics to antique clocks.  They have gears, springs, governors, etc.  This unique repair came into the shop the other day.  The customer reported the governor of his Victrola was broken.  Upon partial dis-assembly the governor was "Repaired" at one time.  Here is a picture of the Victrola.  

The customer was correct.  The balance/governor was broken.  An old mainspring of the same strength and width was used to repair the governor.  The mechanism was disassembled and cleaned. 
The mainsprings were very large for my Keystone mainspring winder.  Carefully I removed the spring cleaned them and reinstalled.  The winder was a little small for the process but with care I was able to complete the job.
Here are some pictures of the process, Enjoy.
This image shows the balance in the mechanism.  How this works is the "ball set" spins.  The faster the set spins the more the balls expand, hence slowing the speed.  This …

Waterbury Needing a Little TLC

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Here we have a nice Waterbury shelf clock that has had a rough life.  But with all its highs and lows  the clock is very repairable.  Here is the clock with the front face off:
Notice it is an alarm clock with the little alarm movement on the lower left side.  The alarm mechanism was tested, cleaned, and oiled.  Then tested again.  Works perfectly.  Here is a closer picture of the alarm mechanism before removal and cleaning:
The clock had a horrid repair life.  The repairmen did some creative repairs.  For example every hole was punched/pricked to close the hole.  Not all of them needed this treatment.  pricking is not a standard repair anyway but a repair person pricked them all.  The click springs were repaired previously.  The repair had a ton of excess solder and a homemade click spring.  They did work well however.  It was decided since they worked well and created un-reversible damage to the wheel to leave these along.
The time mainspring wheel was loose.  It was just about read…