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Grey HSK-33 - it lives!

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by mmcc, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. mmcc

    mmcc AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Not long ago, I picked up a Gray HSK-33 turntable with a Fairchild SA-12 tone arm from an estate auction. Coincidentally, at a separate auction I picked up a Fairchild SM2 cartridge. Since the tonearm was wired for stereo, it seemed like a good match.

    Unfortunately, while the stylus unit was in place on the cartridge, the cantilever was bent and the tip was gone. I sent it to Needlestein and he was able to fix it right up.

    The turntable itself was in pretty good condition other than being dirty. The counterweight had broken off the tone arm, which just required a bit of epoxy to remedy. It also needed a new belt, and the fine folks at Esoteric Sound helped me out. The first belt they sent ran too slow, so they sent me a couple of alternatives. I'm now within .6% of 33 1/3 rpm (which is good as there is no speed adjustment).

    After some clean up and soldering on some new leads to the cartridge sled, we are now spinning. It sounds great!

    A before and a few after pictures are below.

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  2. dtut

    dtut Active Member

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    Very nice job. Really like to see old TTs buffed out.

    If you have a moment and easy access, would you post a photo of the innards from the bottom, please? I have a 33 I want to get running, but I have a main bearing problem and I'd like compare it visually to yours.

    Thanks,
     
  3. mmcc

    mmcc AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Does this help? I can get more pictures if needed.

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  4. Winters

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    How does the cartridge sound and what is the tracking force?
     
  5. MRL_Audio

    MRL_Audio AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Damn that is a great job. Very nice. Love this table.
     
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  6. bob06

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    Looks new. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. revox-b77

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    What a nice looking table!
     
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  8. mmcc

    mmcc AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Needlestein put an elliptical tip on the cantilever and it sounds great. I’ve not done any A/B comparisons but I’m enjoying the sound.

    Based on his recommendation I have it tracking at 2.5 grams.
     
  9. mmcc

    mmcc AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Fortunately, other than a thick layer of dust and grime it was in pretty solid condition. The motor fired right up, and the power indicator even worked.
     
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  10. dtut

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    mmcc,

    Yes, thank you. That photo of the bearing from underneath tells me what I needed to know, which is that I have a bearing that really needs some help.
     

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