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Published on May 10, 2010
Here's the same record being played with my long-retired pot metal reproducer which came on the machine when I bought it back in 1988.
About two weeks ago I sent this reproducer to Pete Wall in San Francisco and he examined it. He found the diaphragm to be nice and air-tight, but it had been put back in years ago by my friend's machinist uncle with some kind of glue that took him a good deal of time to get loose. I don't know a lot about the technical part of it, but he said the rubber thing on the back that goes onto the arm was still pliable and in good condition. He said he also used a very thin gasket to give the diaphragm a bit more play since he said some of these very late diaphragms are a bit thicker than the earlier ones. He also said the ball bearings are good.
After comparing the results, I do believe the rebuilt reproducer does sound better than the brass one, so I will continue using it. I'll throw the brass one in the trash since I no longer need it. This job cost me $48 plus postage.
If you want to use Pete's service, it is accessible through eBay. The item number for my job is 120544453116 and you can read all about the terms of his service in the description.