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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:57 pm 
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So after probably too long I've finally caved and picked up a turntable. Got this little Micro Seiki BL-41 for $100 locally, just recently re-belted and with a new Realistic R47 EDT cartridge on it. The price reflected that it's missing the piece that raises the tonearm. I've had a bit of trouble finding...well anything about this turntable online let alone replacement parts.

So two main points, would replacing the cartridge wake it up? So far it sounds good to my ears but I'm sure there are hefty improvements...thinking sub ~$200 for anything to add, and is this a turntable worthy of upgrades like that? Also, where on EARTH am I going to find this tonearm raiser thing? I'm half tempted to just 3D print something but would much rather be pointed in the right direction.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:20 pm 
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call local stereo repair shop. They may have some spares from other TT that may fit. Also place ad on line with photo of piece your looking for. Or look for another TT that's for sale cheap for the piece you missing. Good luck in your search.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:31 pm 
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Lovely table. Master the fingerlift (maybe a script for Ativan to calm the nerves), spend it on a better cart..... :mrgreen: That part is likely unobtanium....

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Maybe > http://samuraiaudio.com/shop-all/?sort= ... 60&page=43


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:21 am 
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Che Cavolo wrote:
Lovely table. Master the fingerlift (maybe a script for Ativan to calm the nerves), spend it on a better cart..... :mrgreen: That part is likely unobtanium....


The more I look around at the few pictures of complete units out there the more it looks like a weird little chicago screw mechanism to hold the lift in place. Probably less work to just invest in the little finger bowl of Ativan.

Now for this cartridge upgrade, is there some reliable entry level cartridge that will make a real noticeable difference? The phono section on the receiver I'm using as a preamp has MC and MM settings if that helps?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:22 am 
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You need to identify the tonearm in use. Cartridges have to be compatible with the mass of the tonearm...get the wrong one and you will never get it to sound correct. Do some research. I have used the collective on CAM a few times now to select the correct cartridges....and I have never been steered wrong.

Don't spend a ton of money (and you can! ) on a cartridge for this setup. Better to save your pennies for a better turntable or even an upgraded tonearm/cart combination.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:39 am 
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https://www.vinylengine.com/ is usually a good place to find out details on your rig, but I didn't find anything specific to yours, the BL-51 seems closest. If you can nail down the tonearm and find out more about the mass, that would give you a better idea of what you can do with the cart. If you go LOMC, it will likely cost a lot more than you paid for the TT, and may not be at all compatible with the tonearm.... Alboettcher had some good points on finding a lift mechanism. Try a wanted ad here (there is actually one for sale here for $75) and scour the thrifts, fleas, kijiji and yard sales for a salvage piece that could fit. If the salvage table spins you can always use it for a record cleaner. Chances are there will be somebody here who has knowledge of the arm and it's cart preferences...

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Bet that with a bit of creativity a person could make the Jelco arm lift mechanism work!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:07 pm 
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there are so many micro seiki turntables out there, and many more under different brands -- that it may be more common a part an one might think.

JVC (I think, not sure), Sansui, Akai, Toshiba (and Aurex - a Toshiba brand), and a few others had some of their turntable lines made by Micro Seiki during the time period that the 41 was made. It stands to reason that some parts are going to be interchangeable, and they are.

eg, the screw like shaft for the counterweight, is used on multiple models from multiple brands. I have 3 identical counterweights from three different brands and different model turntables, as they were all make by Micro Seiki.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:03 am 
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So I had a few minutes today and took some measurements and it's looking like I'll just 3D print this out of plastic and see how it works and fits, if it's perfect I might put in a request at my school to use our way-too-fun printer that prints in stainless steel.


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