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Old 6th March 2006, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hello,

Can anyone tell me more about the type of laser used in a Wadia Drive 8. I want to buy a spare one, because the player is more then 10 years old.
I found some very limited info that mentions a Sony KSS-151A laser unit in a Wadia Drive 8. (ordercode: 884806401) Can anyone confirm this?
many many thanks in advance.

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Old 6th March 2006, 08:55 PM   #2
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This guy should be able to help, even though it's not listed sometimes other models are the same.

http://www.ersatzteil.justone-schnep...gallerie1.html

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Old 6th March 2006, 08:58 PM   #3
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As I know Wadia uses Teac VRDS i better models , and Pioneer Stable platter mech.

I don´t know wich laser unit uses VRDS , I think it is not Sony.
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Yes the Teac VRDS uses Sony, I have two VRDS-T1, here and they have Sony BU-E1 lasers, from what I can find which is zero, very rare and exotic part from Sony.
Does anyone have any info on these, I asked the question a while back and got nada, zip answers.

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Old 7th March 2006, 07:25 AM   #5
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Hello,

I also own a Teac VRDS T1 transport. Some weeks ago the laser unit died. I had it replaced and i got back a working player, the defective laser unit and the box which contained the new laser. So I now know for sure that the Teac VRDS T1 uses the KSS-240A(RP) (sony ordern°: 8-848-233-11)

Is the laser unit in the Teac VRDS T1 the same as Wadia Drive 8?

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Originally posted by Wim J
Hello,

I also own a Teac VRDS T1 transport. Some weeks ago the laser unit died. I had it replaced and i got back a working player, the defective laser unit and the box which contained the new laser. So I now know for sure that the Teac VRDS T1 uses the KSS-240A(RP) (sony ordern°: 8-848-233-11)

Is the laser unit in the Teac VRDS T1 the same as Wadia Drive 8?

thx

WJ
Thats good to know as the BU-E1 that's on my two laser units of the VRDS-T1's must be the number for the complete assembly, laser and sled where the laser by itself must be the KSS-240A
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Old 7th March 2006, 04:20 PM   #7
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hello,

Wadia did send this answer to my main-dealer:

"The Wadia 8 uses the Sony KSS-151A laser pickup. We use the KSS laser in most of our products and have an adequate supply and are able to get more. It is probably not necessary to purchase a spare at this point in time."

So this confirms my earlier data, and give me some assurance about the availability of the laser unit.
This helps me a lot, and might help some of you as well.

So the laser unit in the Teac VRDS T1 is NOT the same as in the Wadia Drive 8

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Old 7th March 2006, 04:32 PM   #8
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Hi WJ,
Just the same, I'd pick up a laser head and spindle motor. If memory serves, isn't the KSS-151A a linear slide motor? If it's the one I'm thinking of, and there is a pad on the top of the head - peel it off. That's a common problem with some players. It will collect fuzz and or partially come off and cause problems.

If you are working on it, the coils desolder from the top. Be careful with the "fingers" underneath and the carbon track. That's the position indicator.

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Old 7th March 2006, 05:27 PM   #9
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Hi,

It should look like this:
Click the image to open in full size.

At the moment i'm not having any problem with it. But I wanted to buy al spare one for my 10 year old Wadia Drive 8.

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Old 7th March 2006, 05:44 PM   #10
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Hi WJ,
That's what I thought it was. Excellent transport.

Buy the spindle motor, rubber suspension mounts (they get hard) and a head. There is no pad on that one, so good. Store the rubber in a sealed plastic bag by themselves.

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