Motor Cleaning: A
lthough phonographs are well built and have been working for years, the years are hard on the
machinery. Over the years the gears and oil harden becoming a sticky, dirt filled, grinding black mess on the motor.
This wears the motor down and hinders it's performance. To send your motor to us, remove the motor from your
phonograph. To do this, pull off the turntable, and remove the crank. Take out the corner screws of the motor board
and lift it out of the phonograph. The motor will still be attached to the board. If you need help, give us a call and we
can walk you through the processes. Send the motor to our shop with the board, we will dismantle and clean the motor, frame and
gears in solvent and scrub out all the old grease and dirt. Then, we will re-assemble, re-lubricate and test the machine.
It is very important
that the motor be sent to us still mounted to your board. If the motor is sent without the board,
we can't correctly test for speed variations or the other usual problems that motors have before being
serviced. If the motor is sent by itself, then we'll test it to the best of our abilities. If there are further problems that
arise from not sending the motor on the board, then the cost of shipping and/or additional parts may be charged
to the customer.
Click here to view the process of a motor cleaning/spring cleaning and see how we do it.
Price: $98.00 - $135
plus spring cost (cleaning or replacement)
Cylinder machines add $35
for cleaning of the topworks gears.
Exact pricing will be provided on your Free Estimate.
* * Please note: The motor cleaning is a basic price for cleaning the motor. Servicing/lubrication of the
mainsprings is extra. Please see the description and the costs above if you have any questions.
The motor cleaning service includes
the motor and top metal pieces on your board. We'll clean the motor and
re-assemble it onto the board. We'll also clean and brush/polish the metal parts on the board (brake, speed
control, etc.). Gold plated items will be cleaned and brushed/polished at our discretion. Gold parts are hard to
work with due to the thinness of the plating and the usual wear marks found.
The Cylinder machine service includes
the motor and top works gears and a "light" cleaning of the bedplate. The
bedplate restoration/full cleaning or repainting/decaling is an additional charge. For information on Edison
bedplate restoration, please see our Edison restoration page
Dealer Motor Cleaning:
For those looking to sell a phonograph or on a budget, we offer the dealer motor cleaning service. While this is not as extensive or as involved as the full Motor Cleaning, it is far better than nothing and will help the phonograph to operate much better. We clean the governor, wash out the worst of the oil/grease build up on the functioning parts of the motor. Finally we will lube and test the motor.
Price: 60.00 - 90.00
depending on how dirty/rusty the motor is. We will give an exact quote during the free estimate.
Mainspring Cleanings:Springs come two ways: broken or very dirty. If the springs do wind up or they make
a loud thumping noise when unwinding, then this means they are covered with petrified grease and sliding in your
canisters. We can remove the springs from your canisters and clean the springs. During this process, we also clean
the inside of the canister and re-install the springs with fresh grease. Most motors have 2 springs but may have
1, 3, 4, or 6. We'll let you know what's needed and how many springs you have when we do the free estimate
on your motor.
NOTE: If you elect to only send the spring canisters, we may not be able to test to assure that the center arbors
are connected properly without your motor to test and wind them with. We cannot possibly have all of the 1000's
of possible motor styles complete and ready to test springs with. Should there be a spring that needs to be returned due
to this problem, the shipping costs would be the responsibility of the customer and will need to send the motor on the board anyway for
proper testing. The difference in shipping cost is minimal between sending the entire motor and just the springs as
the bulk of the weight is in the springs anyway. Also, we can look the motor over to be sure that all is well.
Price: $34 per spring (The cleaning of the spring barrel is included in this price)
New Mainsprings:If your motor doesn't wind up, more than likely your mainspring(s) are broken. Usually one
spring breaks at a time but it is possible that all springs are broke. When servicing a broken spring, the spring is
removed from barrel and the barrel is cleaned. We install the new spring(s) with fresh grease and test the springs
to make sure everything is hooked properly. It's not recommended to try removing the spring barrels on your own.
If you're uncopfortable with handling the motor or have no experience, it's highly recommended to send the entire
motor to us. While we have the motor, we can also clean it for you at the cost quoted in the Motor Cleaning
section above. We can also test everything to make sure your machine is playing at it's potential. If you have any
questions about this service or any of our services, please feel free to call us (800-239-4188) or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pricing: New Springs- $40 to $65 each plus an installation fee
The cost of the spring depends on the size you need and the "cut" of the spring
*** Installation fee of new/used springs- $30 per spring above the cost of the spring.
Reproducer Rebuild:After 80-100 years, your reproducer has lost it's original sounds and tone. There are
rubber gaskets inside that have hardened producing a harsh, tinny sound. If you are going to restore your
phonograph, this service is a must! Send your reproducer to us, we will dismantle, thoroughly clean, inspect it for
damage and replace the hard gaskets with soft new ones. Then it will be re-assembled, adjusted and tested. If the
diaphragm is damaged or missing, it can be replaced or repaired (extra). You won't believe the difference.
Give us a call if you are unsure how to remove the reproducer from the tone arm.
Price: $45.00 plus parts
Additional parts (if needed) other than the gaskets are extra and will be quoted during estimate.
** NOTE: Brunswick reproducers with "double sides" (Ultonas) are subject to 2 reproducer rebuild fees.