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Old 23rd July 2010, 06:01 AM   #1
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Question Rewire Empire 98 tonearm need help

Dear all,

I would like to rewire my very old Empire 98 tonearm. The problem I have is I don't how to pull out the connection that connect with headshell out. In the attachement in red circle, it seem to have a screw that lock the connector in place but seem like no way to unscrew it.

Any one know about this arm?
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Old 24th July 2010, 03:53 PM   #2
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This looks more like a pin or rivet with a spiral-twist post as is often used in plastics. Cover the tonearm with electrical tape (choice of color is yours!) for protection and ease-out the pin with a pair of old sidecutters. You propably will have difficulties removing the connector though, as it has been in there for a long time
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Old 27th July 2010, 04:43 AM   #3
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@mickeymoose Thanks you. I try it as you suggest with reasonable force but the pin is not coming out. I afraid of breaking it out, so I guess I will just continue using it.

Thanks again.
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Old 27th July 2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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Anyone else have any suggestions... I've got a couple of old Rec-O-Kut arms that I would love to rewire...similar situation.

- Ray
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Old 27th July 2010, 11:15 PM   #5
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Gentlemen: Be patient. How long have these pins be in: 20 + years? Inserted into than soft plastic. Mabe a gentle warming with a heatgun/hairdrier will help. Maybe a dab of acetone on the pin-head to be wicked in. Repeat and wait for a while. But you will still need to get the connector out of the tube after that!

Think of it like a screw in hardwood. After 20 years it refuses to let go too! Oh, we had such a good, long relationship! E
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