Victor Exhibition Phonograph Reproducer Rubber Gasket Flange w/CORRECT OFFSET For Sale
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Victor Exhibition Phonograph Reproducer Rubber Gasket Flange w/CORRECT OFFSET:
Victor Exhibition Soundbox-Reproducer Rubber Mounting Flange
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This listing includes: Tone Arm Rubber Flange Only
THIS WILL ONLY FIT THE VICTOR EXHIBITIONREPRODUCERS LIKE THOSE
SHOWN IN THE PICTURE ABOVE.
Do not buy this item if you do not havethe Exhibition.
The reproducersshown in the pictures above areexamples. They arenot for sale.This is not the same part sold by other sellers. This is a newly molded part that has been properly engineered with the correct offset to isolate the end of tone arm from the reproducer body. This is NOT a new concept. My parts have incorporated this design element for many years. This does NOT use a brass insert that has been cut back. The thickness of the rubber is thicker (approximately 9/32”). The insert is also located properly within the rubber when it was made. When possible I use original inserts. When necessary we us newly manufactured brass inserts with alignment pins that work perfectly. Make no mistake. There is absolutely no need to pay the ridiculously high price of almost $30 for a simple part like this.If your reproducer is missing its mounting flange or if it is in original condition with hardened or very mushy rubber, this is what you need to repair it. This flange simply screws onto the back of your reproducer. Installation is usually very easy. You simplyloosen and remove both flange retaining screws on the reproducer's back, and then install the new rubber flange, and then reinstall and tighten the screws. It is sometimes useful to spread a thin layer of adhesive between the flange and the reproducer back.
Important Tip: A hardened or mushy rubber mounting flange, although it may still mount to your reproducer and seem to hang in there, not only impairs the performance of the reproducer but it is also hazardous to your records. The hardness of a rubber or other material is specified using a term called "durometer". During play, a good rubber flange, in part, helps the reproducer track the groove by absorbing some of the energy caused by the needle movement during record play. When the rubber has either become hardened (durometer is too high) or mushy (durometer is too low) the flange cannot efficiently do its job. If it is too hard, then the vibrations caused by the needle during play cannot be dampened, tracking is poor, and because of the mass of the large tone arm, vibrations are ultimately transmitted back to the needle tip where they inflict damage (cut) in the groove walls. If the rubber is too soft, excessive movement of the reproducer body results which not only causes poor tracking but also damages the groove walls.Check your mounting flange: Take your reproducer and push a small pointed object like a toothpick against the rubber. If it is good it will feel springy. If it is too mushy you will be able to push the toothpick tip into the rubber such that it will actually stay. But, as is most often the case, if it feels hard, you need to replace it.
Need help installing this or other parts? Just let me know. I am Walt Sommers and my shop is dedicated to restoration arts and we are the friendliest folks you will meet.