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Wilcox gay head

Unread postby timmy1 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:38 pm

On the machine I might buy the person says that the head has to be magnetized because it does not play or record. Is there a coil in that type of head?
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Unread postby Steve E. » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:46 am

What is the model of this machine? Can you find out?
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Unread postby timmy1 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:55 am

the guy is away for the weekend I will try to find the model I got email back from Gib he says send head in 75.00. I wonder if I could find the parts and do it mmy self I am pretty handy doing things I am a small engine mechanic. The guy says it is a a Wilcox-Gay Recordette with radio
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Unread postby EmAtChapterV » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:31 pm

If the head has a magnet, it has coils, but if the magnet is weak or dead, the coils aren't the problem. A head remagnetizer is a pretty big, specialized piece of equipment, iirc. I suppose you could design and build one, but for what it would cost, you might as well just send the head to Gib.
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Unread postby tragwag » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:19 pm

the recordette is a finicky little piece.
it has a crystal cartridge.
the pickup and cutter arm are one in the same, you change out the stylus for each intended use.
do you have the manual?
it's around the forum somewhere for sure.
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Unread postby timmy1 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:38 pm

tragwag wrote:the recordette is a finicky little piece.
it has a crystal cartridge.
the pickup and cutter arm are one in the same, you change out the stylus for each intended use.
do you have the manual?
it's around the forum somewhere for sure.

Thanks I do not have the manual yet. Gib says the head is too hard to rebuild myself and he said needles are 20.00 not sure if the cutting needle or the playback one.
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Unread postby Angus McCarthy » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:41 pm

He probably has some steel or stellite styli at that price. He sold me a sapphire stylus for $35 last year.
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Re: Wilcox gay head

Unread postby tragwag » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:17 pm

Angus McCarthy wrote:He probably has some steel or stellite styli at that price. He sold me a sapphire stylus for $35 last year.


sapphire for $35?!
I got one from him for $75 I think...
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Unread postby Angus McCarthy » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:46 pm

These were some of his left-over standard stock, I think.
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Unread postby Deke Dickerson » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:11 pm

I have a Wilcox-Gay rack mounted power supply that I'd sell, if you have any use for it. Email me at eccofonic@earthlink.net for pics if interested. I've had it in my storage for years.

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Unread postby Angus McCarthy » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:29 pm

Deke, those pictures alone would be quite welcome in the reference section - or on the wiki!
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Re: Wilcox gay head

Unread postby RecordLabelTroll » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:20 am

How to repair a crystal cartridge YOURSELF for like $5

http://www.angelfire.com/electronic2/radiosean/tv/Cartridge-rebuild.htm
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Re: Wilcox gay head

Unread postby biasply » Mon May 06, 2013 5:56 pm

I'm considering a Recordette and I'm wondering if someone could give an indication of the fidelity the results would have? Certainly this machine is from the 1940s so I know we're talking lo-fi, but how low? Frequency range? Does a rebuilt head offer any wider range?
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Unread postby biasply » Mon May 06, 2013 6:23 pm

please ignore the previous post, I tried to delete, no success....
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Re: Wilcox gay head

Unread postby timmy1 » Mon May 06, 2013 10:31 pm

The recordettes were made in the 50's because some of them had 45 speed also.
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