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Philco Console On/Off Switch

I have a 1970's Philco Console which works fine (except the 8 track player) the only little thing is that the on and off switch stopped working.

I can only turn it off when it's in the middle position - not where it says "off".

Is it ok to use it this way?

Any hope for the 8 track player?

It's a Philco console radio, turntable and 8 track. Model H842GMA, Speakers and everything else still work great.

Thank you.

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  • smokyieus Jun 30, 2009

    Thanks much for the reply.

    The on/off switch kind of fixed itself once I turned the turntable on, it must have some control connection with the main switch. So now that works.

    I can insert an 8 track tape but there is no sound, no power light, nothing happens. I see the belt on the back is quite loose, so maybe that's part of that problem.

    Right now I'm having trouble with the tonearm.

    Bought a new needle but it is skipping over the record and also have a 'humming noise' from the arm. Adjusting the screw on the back of the arm didn't help.

    Platter is spinning, ok and radio works fine!

    Thanks again.

  • smokyieus Jul 07, 2009

    Well, I'm not having too good of luck now.

    Managed to break a tiny white wire that goes in to the stylus. It was soldered to a little round metal piece. That's probably causing the humming.

    So does that mean get a new arm?

    Also, can't seem to get the needle adjusted with the little screw. I've tried everything.

    Thanks for your answers.



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It sounds like the knob part has has lost grip on the spindle of the switch, due to age. The knob part is designed to pull off (though sometimes they have an allen screw to keep them on) for service. You could try and pull it off! However it could (due to its age) have decayed and so might break up. If you do try to pull it off, turn it to the off position and when you put it back on put the knob pointer at the off point.
However it is safe to operate at the present.

On the 8 track the fixes and myself would need to know more details. Like: does it play, can you put a tape in etc, before giving a verdict.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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    Grubhead Jun 30, 2009

    The easy bit first! The skipping of the record is caused by too little pressure. Adjust the arm using the screw, if it has numbers use them as a guide. NOTE Make certain that screw adjusts the weight. Sometimes you might have to slide the weight after turning the screw and then locked it back with the screw.

    If you adjust the weight it should make the stylus sit on the record nicely without jumping (on a good record). The numbers represent weight in grams. The higher the number the more force will push the stylus down. Ideally you should consult the cartridge instructions for the correct weight, however you can turn it up a bit till the problem stops, if you don't have them. Most track right at 2 to 3 grams (around) For instance if it is at 2 turn it between 2 and 3 and try it! If none of that works then apply a lump of blue tack to the top of the headshell.

    Never set it at the highest level as it will wear both record and stylus.

    The huming is likely caused by a lose earth lead to the cartridge or a poor conection. Some turntables need a serperate earth lead.

    More tricky bit now. The power light is perhaps a 12 volt bulb that has failed, You can work out if the 8-track motor turns and is thus getting power by looking for a switch that will push against the front angled sides of the cartridge. Push it and see if the motor turns. The belt if it looks lose it should be relaced. Once out. Measure the diameter and it's width. You should be able to get one from electrical parts supply shops. I even see people offering belts on E-Bay. The same places apply with the bulb.

    On the switch it might have either bent out of place or broken, if you A can't get the motor runing or B the motor runs but not when the cartridge is inserted.



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