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Adjust pitch on a Califone turntable.

I've just got hold of a Califone 1450K record player (not very common here in Australia!). It sounds great, especially with 45s, which was what I wanted it for. But it runs a bit fast. It's not one of the pitch-adjustable models, but I figure if I could just get the bloody platter off there might be something under there I could tweak. So first of all, how do I remove the platter - it won't budge - and secondly, is there a way to fine tune the playing speed on these models? Cheers, Ben.

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  • benl465 Feb 15, 2009

    Well that wasn't quite the sort of advice I had in mind... sorry to hear that Fuckedbyfixy. I just stumbled on this site looking for info on Califones. This seemed like a great resource and I hope you all can sort it out. Anyway, for what it's worth - I got the platter off eventually, and I can see how it works now, but nothing that looks that it might adjust the idler speed. Anyone (other than Fuckedby)?

  • rokarolla Sep 05, 2013

    PS: Gods help you if you have a 1455K. This thing has a weird electro magnetic pitch control in the form of an extended motor shaft with a 2 inch metal disk attached to it under the motor, with a metal fork that goes over and under the metallic disk. This disk creates electromagnetic drag when the forks are over the disk. the forks are connected to the pitch control on the phono deck. If your platter has an unwanted vibration and it transmits through the whole body of your Califone 1455K, the fault is an off balance disk. You must use your mini hex driver and rebalance this disk until you get it right. When you get it right it will have no vibration.

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This one is actually fastened from underneath (inside). You need to open the player up and you will see the usual C shaped fastener on a cleat near the motor assembly. Most old direct drive record players have a C pin around the spindle that you can unfasten (pry with a twist) with a screwdriver. Irealize you figured this out yourself, but I'll take the guess work out for someone else... yeah..l you gotta take it apart!

Posted on Jul 19, 2013

  • rokarolla Sep 05, 2013

    I'd like to continue my comment above by saying if the record player is from the 1970's it's TIME to take the motor apart, clean the old lube, replace the old lube. I use a drop of Singer sewing machine oil. Some may use a different product.

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Try looking at the spindle where the record hole goes. You might have to lift the mat somehow. There might a C Ring holding it.

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Ya, this is a tough one. If it was on it's side, and not handle properly, something may have come loose and caused some damage inside. If you have absolutely no power, then more than likely the power transformer fried. Not much else in these things that could have caused such an issue. At this point, you have to decide whether it's worth getting repaired, or buying a working used one. They go on ebay for about $30-50, which is much cheaper than getting it repaired. Transformers for these units run around $20-30, then you have to tack on labor, which will be in the 40 min range - that's if its the transformer. But I do understand if it has some personal value, so that is something to consider. Hope this helps some. - Justin DJPROAUDIO

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SOURCE: I have a Califone 1620 model economy classroom phonograph in need

Probably a bad relay switch. Open up the turntable. Identify the motor that spins the table. Follow the wires of that motor to, perhaps, some type of little circuit board with a relay. I have a Backley-Cardy 322-487 classroom phonograph which uses a Califone 1620 amp and a BSR turntable. To get the table to spin, you have to move the tone arm. Mine doesn't move and I'm in the process of replacing the faulty relay that is the problem.

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SOURCE: My ferguson turntable won't play 45s, just slides

Either the stylus is worn or you have not got enough weight to the stylus. As you don't state which type it is all I can say is look at the end of the arm and see if there is a weight with numbers on. Increase the pressure to the stylus by setting it a higher number. Do it in stages till the stylus stays in the grooves without causing rumble to the sound.

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SOURCE: How do I remove the

Lift the rubber mat off the platter and notice the two large holes for your fingers to fit into. Simply lift the platter off the base by pulling.

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