Normally the dust cover would be mounted around this section of the styro-foam mold (fitting on top of the platter). However, in this case the original dust cover is in great shape and doesn't require any work done on it....So we decided, why risk shipping it as it isn't required for any of the other restoration tasks.
The inner styro-foam is removed and here is the Beogram chassis.
Now it is time to look over the turntable and see what kind of wear and tear there is. Overall this is a wonderful example of the 4002. The wood is beautiful and I can't see any sign of fading. No need for any wood work type restoration on this one.
The control panel does show the usual wear from human oil. Our fingers leave permanent wear marks over time. Beolover offers a restoration of the control panel so we will see if that is something the owner will want to do here.
The two removable, aluminum deck plates reveal a bunch of deteriorated plastic pieces inside. No surprise and no concern about that. Those are the old transport lock bushings. The yellowish ones like this unit had are always broken into small pieces by now. All it means is a cleanup task and new bushings will be installed. The original guide washers for the cabinet's wood trim are also gone and replaced by regular metal washers. It would be a good idea to install the replacement guides that are eccentric shaped like the originals were.
Except for the deteriorated bushing pieces the interior is pretty clean. There is a little excess oil on some of the parts but that is easy to clean off.
The arm lowering lever operates really smooth. None of the common stiffness to the movement there.
The DC platter motor is always a question. This one operates extremely quiet so that is a good sign.
So it is time to put on the top platter and bring out the Beolover RPM measurement tool. Both the 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM speeds were off a bit.
...and was able to bring both speeds into respectable range.
To really know how well the platter motor is doing I will have to let the measurement tool run for several hours (and the platter turning) as a computer records the speed. The results will get plotted and tell us how stable this analog system is.
Here is the speed test start.
While that runs I can write this blog post about the project :)
Another item that may be on the restoration task is the Beogram phono cable. This Type 5513 came with a five pin DIN plug so an adapter is necessary when using the turntable with a non-B&O preamplifier. The original DIN plug looks okay. We often install a new one so that is an option here. Some people will never be using their Beogram with an amplifier that supports the DIN plug so another option is to install a new phono cable that has RCA jacks.
On this particular Beogram the correct adapter for the DIN plug to RCA plugs must have been lost. This picture shows it being used with the DIN 5 to tape deck RCA plug adapter.
Tomorrow sometime will have the results of the platter motor test and we will go from there.