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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Beogram 4000: MMC Cartridge Mount Restoration

I recently received the tonearm of a Beogram 4000 located in Western Australia. Like in many Beogram 4000s the MMC cartridge mount had broken off.

This Beogram still had the 'old style' tonearm, that elegantly plugs into the base of the arm, instead of featuring soldered signal wiring. However, this makes it more difficult to replace the MMC mount since the insert that goes into the aluminum profile tube has an adapter at the rear that has spring loaded contacts that 'grab' the circuit board that reaches into the back end of the arm to make contact. This shows the sad condition of the MMC mount as received:

The first step of any MMC mount replacement is removal of the broken one. They are usually glued into the arms. Luckily, the glue softens when the arms are 'cooked' for 30 min or so. I heated this one together with the also broken one from a Beogram 4000 from the UK that I am restoring right now:

Replacement of the MMC mount is part of my standard Beogram 4000 restoration package since all mounts seem to be quite brittle at this point in time, and it is an unpleasant event if the broken off tab sticks deep in a cherished $800 rebuilt MMC20CL...This shows the liberated insert after the cooking process:
This is the 3D printed replacement part with installed flex-PCB based contact traces:
The back part with the plug-in contacts mounts onto the thin tab at the end of the part:
This shows the signal wires soldered to the new mount:
And this picture shows all the component put back together. I was able to re-use the bottom part of the mount with the grounding contact for the cartridge housing:
After checking all leads for continuity (sometimes these thin wires can be broken inside the insulation) the next step was inserting the assembly into the arm tube:
I put a bit of white wood glue on the sides of the insert when I push it in to make sure it stays put when cartridges are mounted/pulled off. The defunct cartridge makes sure that the front end components of the assembly are positioned correctly to receive cartridges without any gap between housing and arm tube:
And this shows the final result of the operation:
This tonearm is ready to travel back to Western Australia!

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