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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:48 pm 
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Recently purchased a Pioneer PL 630 in very good condition... well visually. Unit played well for about 40 hours. Now the platter won't spin. Automatic function of the tone arm is fine. Took the table to a local tech. He could not get it to spin.
It is one sexy table and I don't want to part it out.
Anyone know of a cracker jack tech that could handle this job? Must be in the Toronto/GTA area.

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Steve O


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:26 pm 
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Hey Steve.
You could try Tom McCartney
TMcCartney@sympatico.com
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The PL-630 has a separate small motor just for the tonearm movement rather than the more usual mechanical linkage to the main drive motor. That would indicate that the problem lies either with the main drive motor or its control circuit board. You can probably find the service manual on vinylengine.com.


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OBI56 wrote:
The PL-630 has a separate small motor just for the tonearm movement rather than the more usual mechanical linkage to the main drive motor. That would indicate that the problem lies either with the main drive motor or its control circuit board. You can probably find the service manual on vinylengine.com.


I don't know what this site would do without you OBI. You're a one man 4TB hard drive of useful information. :idea:

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shawnwes wrote:
OBI56 wrote:
The PL-630 has a separate small motor just for the tonearm movement rather than the more usual mechanical linkage to the main drive motor. That would indicate that the problem lies either with the main drive motor or its control circuit board. You can probably find the service manual on vinylengine.com.


I don't know what this site would do without you OBI. You're a one man 4TB hard drive of useful information. :idea:


Make that 21Tb of useless information unless it gets retrieved to be useful .... LOL!!! Helps to have managed a service center for dozens of major brands back in the day supervising a dozen or so technicians and seeing everything they had to fix and remembering small, seemingly insignificant details about each repair. Thhe model number rang a bell, so I just looked up what it looked like and remembered the detail about the separate motor for the tonearm. From there, looked up the service manual in my archives just to make sure. There are lots of things I don't remember, but many little details that did stick in my mind that I never thought would have any importance until someone asks the question. Lucky for me, I kept many of the old service manuals from back then and scanned them for fast retrieval + everything I downloaded from VinylEngine and hifiengine. When I am home, it is easy to check things up in my archives, so when I see a question that I know the answer to, I just chime in. When I don't or am away, then you never hear from me.


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Hey Steve.
You could try Tom McCartney
TMcCartney@sympatico.com
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Thanks Chip...

Gonna contact him now.

I will update later.

Steve O


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Most welcome Steve.
Best of luck.

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Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Most welcome Steve.
Best of luck.


Chip! Email address no good... came right back to me...

Hmmmm.....

Steve O


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Stevohemi wrote:
Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Most welcome Steve.
Best of luck.


Chip! Email address no good... came right back to me...

Hmmmm.....

Steve O


Tom McCartney, TM Electronics
397 Valermo Drive, Etobicoke, ON M8W 2L4
Tel: 905-301-3074
(e) tmccartney@sympatico.ca

Hope this helps.

Best,

MKoM, Toronto :D

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Stevohemi wrote:
Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Most welcome Steve.
Best of luck.


Chip! Email address no good... came right back to me...

Hmmmm.....

Steve O


Of course its wrong, Sympatico is a CANADIAN company.... LOL!!!


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corvigo2004 wrote:
Stevohemi wrote:
Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Most welcome Steve.
Best of luck.


Chip! Email address no good... came right back to me...

Hmmmm.....

Steve O


Tom McCartney, TM Electronics
397 Valermo Drive, Etobicoke, ON M8W 2L4
Tel: 905-301-3074
(e) tmccartney@sympatico.ca

Hope this helps.

Best,

MKoM, Toronto :D


Thank you!
I will call him tomorrow!

Steve O


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:31 pm 
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Sorry Steve...
I just capitalized the email address.

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Stevohemi wrote:
Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Most welcome Steve.
Best of luck.


Chip! Email address no good... came right back to me...

Hmmmm.....

Steve O


As i'm seeing him help you find a tech lol MKOM is no slouch in turn table repair. He has the knowledge and tools.
I would recommend him forsure.

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Is that the same Tom that worked at Ava Electronics back in the 70's? - I first learned about setting up tables watching that guy work. Then Remcron Electronics had some guys come in to show us (Linear Sound, Richmond Hill ON), how to install tonearms, cartridges, alignment etc.. We were shown how to position the tonearm cables under the table. I learned with a Linn Sondek, Ariston, Thorens. Since Vinyl Engine, anyone with a good ear and know what to listen for once you set up the alignment, VTA, VTF etc.,can set up a turntable. The thing to remember is "tight, but not over-tightened".


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