Pioneer PL-61 arm disassembly?

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  1. Raccoon1400

    Raccoon1400 Super Member

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    Does anyone know how to take apart the arm of a pl-61? I need to fashion a new anti skating lever.
     

     

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  2. Raccoon1400

    Raccoon1400 Super Member

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    Got this fixed. Was a nightmare to take the arm apart. They used loctite on parts I couldn't get a grip on. Took a strap wrench, acetone, and a mini torch. And there were 13 loose bearings that had to come out, then be put in their track. Took about two days.
     
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    Here's a few pics. The first pic shows the first part I made, but the anti skating wouldn't go high enough. There had to be a hump where the knob lifts it. The second picture shows the second part in place. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of it when it was out.
     

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  4. gadget73

    gadget73 junk junkie Subscriber

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    That looks like a load of fun. I've re-assembled loose bearings like that in tonearms before. The worst is when you get 12 in, and then something moves and one hits the floor, never to be seen again.
     
  5. mskill

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    Hi Raccoon1400. I'm currently trying to open up the tonearm on my PL-61 to get to replace the antiskate cam. You had to use a strap wrench to remove this cover? It's not budging for me, but then again I didn't use acetone or heat. Just vice grips.

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  6. Raccoon1400

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    I don't remember this one too well anymore but it took some real patience and care to get it apart.
    Vice grips will just mark it up a lot and based on the marks you aren't putting them were the force is needed. I wrapped the strap wrench around that whole piece. And then I guess I used heat and acetone as I said.

    When one of the parts finally came loose, it took some real nice reflexes on my part to stop my hand from moving before ripping the tonearm wires. I forget what piece that was, probably this one.

    And all the bearings fall out when you get it apart. Don't lose any.
     
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  7. mskill

    mskill New Member

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    Thank you, Raccoon14400. I will try with what you suggested.
     
  8. Raccoon1400

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    Good luck! Note this isn't a beginner task.
     

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