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Old 25th March 2004, 05:47 AM   #1
MannyE is offline MannyE  United States
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Default Is it possible to mod my MMF-5 for 78s?

I have had to listen to my 78s on a 1967 Magnavox console stereo for about 10 years now, and although it is fun to sit in the foyer and make martinis while Mel Torme belts out tunes, I would love to hear them on my real system and through some better speakers.

I was thinking I could either take the arm off the Magnavox and adapt it to the MMF-5 with a new armboard or something like that, then create a larger pulley for the motor....

any ideas welcome... should I just build a TT from scratch? I have been looking for an excuse...

I have access to old 1-inch video reels that would make a perfect platter.... and a motor from those very same machines.... plus the 1 inch tape itself as the belt....hmmmmm

But if I can just do a quick mod to the MMF 5 that would be OK. Plus I have always wanted a TT with two arms...
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Old 25th March 2004, 10:02 PM   #2
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With a 78 turntable your problems are only just starting.

Using an old tonearm is not necessary with 78 styli available.

What do you plug it into ?

etc.. do a bit of searching on 78's.

sreten.
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Old 25th March 2004, 11:47 PM   #3
MannyE is offline MannyE  United States
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Hi Sreten,

I plug the MMF-5 into a bottlehead foreplay, which in turn goes into bottlehead paramours. THe speakers are Ed's Horns. Phono is the little rat for now until I round out the system with the bottlehead seduction phono pre.

I will search 78, but I was specifically looking to mod the MMF-5.

Today, however, I sat in front of the TT and thought about how much of a shame it would be to mess with it now that I finally have it set up and sounding very well....

Plus...I'm getting jazzed on building from scratch.

I've got this itch to go to the granite places now...
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Old 27th March 2004, 03:32 PM   #4
sreten is offline sreten  United Kingdom
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Hi ME,

I just meant that there are lots of different EQ characteristics
to consider for 78's. Apparently using a 78 stylus on a MM into
a normal MM RIAA input doesn't work very well.

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