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Sony HP-610A refurb project

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I like fixing stuff up. It gives me great pleasure to bring something back to life, though sometimes it can be a bit frustrating. It can seem like a waste of time and money at times, but it does keep me off the street so is usually worth it.

With that in mind I bought this Sony HP-610A at the VV the other day.

It was $30. When I first tested it it worked, kind of. However in removing the turntable, a Dual 1211, to have a look inside I shorted the suspension foot on the power supply cap and blew the fuse. Easy to fix that though it is a soldered in fuse.

The top is kind of nasty but otherwise it looks pretty decent and is more or less all there.

SONY HP610A by Buhduh, on Flickr

There is no counterweight or headshell but it being a Dual 1211 is nothing special anyway plus I had a 1218 in the garage and have several sleds. It does at least have both spindles.

The power switch has an On and an Auto/Off position. It actually did not turn off in that position and it is related to the turntable function so that when the record finishes it can shut the system off. That wiring I should be able to transpose to the 1218. I also had to remove the "stand" and RCA cable bracket in order to drop in the 1218. Other than that it goes straight in.

Sony HP-610A by Buhduh, on Flickr

Dual 1211 in the Sony by Buhduh, on Flickr

You can see how close to the capacitor the suspension at the top left is.

Sony HP-610A inside by Buhduh, on Flickr

The blue wires and switch that I might have to move to the 1218 to have the Auto/Off switch work.

custom wiring Sony HP-610A by Buhduh, on Flickr

And the 1218 set in place.

Dual 1218 in the Sony HP-610A by Buhduh, on Flickr

Anyway, I'll be working on those over the next little while and see how it goes. I don't expect miracles but I think I can spruce it up nicely.

 
Date: Jun 19, 2017   


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