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Tivoli Radio "Model One" Volume Problem

I love my Model One, but after I'd had it for a year or so, the volume control started acting up. It no longer goes gradually up and down...it seems to fade out at certain positions on the dial, especially the lower volumes.

I can make it work by sort of twisting high and low until I find a volume I like coming in clearly. Very inconsistent, and kinda annoying to find the "sweet spot" for whatever volume I want.

By the way, I wondered if this was a function of the radio setting, but I hooked up my iPod to it and it did the same thing (though I could more fluidly adjust the volume with the iPod control in this case).

What do you think?

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    I have the same problem and plan to have a closer look.

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    My volume goes from silent to as loud as it gets with nothing in between but some scratchy static noise when turning the volume nob,

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TRY SPRAYING A LITTLE CONTACT CLEANER ON THE VOLUME CONTROLL
I EVEN USED RUBBING ALCOHOL.

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There appears to be a short in the volume and on-off knobs, causing a crackle when they are turned.


It's most probably dirt on the carbon track of the control causing the problem.
There aere dedicated aerosol sprays to clen them, and you local Radio Shack could have some - if not, WD40 sould work but will leave behind a greasy residue that may trap dust and cause the problem ot reccurr again.

Assuming you can purchase the cleaning spray, you will beed to dismatle the radio far enough to gain access to the rar of the volume control. There are openings in the cover where the leadouts emerge, and the cleaner can be sprayed into the control from there. Then simply rotate the control back and forward fairly quickly over the full range of rotation, reassemble the radio and it should be nice and quiet again. Note you may need to rotate id a dozen times or so if it's really dirty, and in extreme cases it may even need an additional squirt of cleaner :o)

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Tivoli PAL volume problems


I posted this tip elsewhere but the FixYa site is, shall we say, challenging.<br /> After years of use my Tivoli PAL started having volume problems. The audio began popping, volume changed erratically, static, booming, almost feedback sounds.<br /> In my case, and others as well, I've gleaned, the problem was the volume potentiometer. Apparently it oxidizes over time and the poor electrical contact is the reason for the erractic audio.<br /> I'm not an electrical repair kind of guy, so this isn't pretty.<br /> The volume and frequency controllers are secured to the knobs with metal collars. I pried the collars loose and got the horizontal board off, I sprayed Stabilant 22 into the volume pot. There are other electrical contact cleaners as well.<br /> Put it all back together. Let the flud dry. Good as new.<br /> Good luck.

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Tivoli model Satellite will not turn on. Had intermittant power issues. Moved the radio and it will no longer power on


The power control problem is easy to fix.

It can as simple as a fuse (I'm sure you check it already) or a switch that is piggy back on the volume control.

Radio Shack has a similar one HERE

Disconnect the AC outlet and open the main Tivoli unit.

Look at the back side of the volume switch and you will see a power switch piggy back onto the volume control.

You can bypass it or get the correct value Potentiometer + SPST switch.

Use an ohm meter to meter the both end of the potentiometer and if it's 10,000 ohm or 10k then just go to Radio Shack and ask for
10K-Ohm Audio Control Potentiometer with SPST Switch Model: 271-215 | Catalog #: 271-215

It's a direct replacement.

If the ohm read is other then 10K then you will need to order it for an electronic supply house.


Tivoli makes great radio.....if you want to sell it I want the first dip.


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My Tivoli Model One makes a loud screech/buzz noise


I had the same problem and was able to repair it quite easily. Only thing needed is some basic soldering skills.

Problem description:

  • Suddenly a quite loud and disturbing (scratch/screech/buzz) noise appears.
  • Sometimes the noise is gone but it reappears sooner or later.
  • Changing volume or radio band / input (am, fm, aux) does not affect the noise (even on volume turned down all the way).
  • The signal coming out of the Headphones / Rec Out plug is not affected.

Cause:

  • Cold solder joints

Solution:

  • Unplug from mains
  • Remove back panel (the two black screws next to the plugs in the center). The back panel sticks quite firmly, so it might help to remove the front panel first (the 4 screws in the corners) and carefully press out the back panel from the inside. (The other two (silver) screws are used to attach the transformer to the back panel) and need not to be loosened.)
  • On the circuit board at the back panel locate the plug that goes to the speaker (is says "J2"). Check the solder joints. In my case, looking closely, I could see that they're not good anymore.
  • Renew the joints by heating them up and applying some fresh soldering tin. I also renewd the joint from the wire bridge next to the plug. Just check the other solder joints on the board.

In my case afterwards the problem was gone and the device is working properly again.

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Get a lot of static when try and turn volume down low.....in fact, sometimes it is hard to get sound when you turn the volume down....it is either full blast or silent.....lots of static like noise when...


This is an easy fix with a can of volume knob cleaner i think its called. You should be able to get it at radio shack. You just spray it into the volume knob and let it dry. The instructions are on the can.

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the volume control needs to be cleaned. if you can carefully take the back off, the volume control may have some small openings in the housing. spray contact cleaner (or even a small amount of wd40) in it and work the control back and forth and see if that does it

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Radio Shack does provide a volume control cleaner that you could gently spray to clean the contacts, but you may simply have a defective knob. (The first S350DL I bought had a defective volume control.) Don't hesitate to call Eton Customer Service either.

I hate to say this, but I've become a little wary of buying radios at Radio Shack. I have a suspicion that occasionaly radios that are returned get "recycled" back into stock rather than sent back to the manufacturer. I had to return 2 radios directly to Eton / Grundig after getting back to back defectives at RS.

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