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PostSubject: Phono Idler(sometimes) repair   2014-05-08, 1:29 pm

So you have a phono drive idler that the edge has turned to 'stone" on, and no amount of cleaning will soften it up for you to use; and a new or rebuilt one is 50.00 or more.
Quick fix:
Clean the idler rim VERY well with denatured alcohol.
Find a flat or square belt that tightly fits around the rim of the idler. Super glue (tm) it on the rim of the idler and let it dry. Then trim the excess overhang off the rim of the idler, both top and bottom.
This has worked for me in the past, and seems to work well even though the super glue doesnt flex much at the joint.
Don't discount using VCR idler tires around the phono drive wheel too.

I don't like to use oversize belts and cut them to circumference size because the joint can induce a "wow" into the turntable, although that might work on the el-cheepo T/T's like Collaro, BSR, etc, as they were so cheaply built, it may not notice another bit of distortion in the records.
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