This is a follow up to my recent post about the redesigned Beogram Commander remote control board, which now works in both (DC-motor) Beogr...
Friday, March 20, 2015
Beogram 400x: Cleaning and Re-lubricating the Tone Arm Lift Mechanism
The Beomaster 4002 (5513) that I am currently restoring exhibited the usual issues with the tone arm lift mechanism: The mechanism occasionally failed to lift the arm up in time before the carriage started moving back (scratch & ouch!) to its home position after pressing the 'Stop' button, or at the end of the record. Also, the relay sometimes clicked before the arm was completely lowered. All this pointed towards time-hardened lubricants in the lift mechanism. The cure for this type of behavior is to take the mechanism apart, clean the old lubricants out and re-lubricate it with a suitable grease. I use a silicone grease. This type of grease is well-suited due to its generally non-corrosive behavior, its compatibility with rubber and plastic parts, and its long-term stability.
The restoration process is straight forward, but requires a bit of insight into the mechanism. For this reason I took the opportunity of this restoration to add a short video about the process to my Beogram 400x YouTube playlist. The video also shows how to adjust the arm lowering time to achieve precise coordination with the output relay activation. Here it is: