Nice. Just took my L70 out of rotation. I love the ultra simple bet very functional tonearm cue-on off switch combo. Hard to beat a good quiet running idler.
Thanks all. This Lenco started life as a GL69. The light pressed platter and bearing were ditched in favour of a GL75 bearing and heavy platter. The chassis was turned 90 degrees to allow the arm to mount on the plinth. This deck is unusual in that the bearing mounts directly into the plinth, the top plate only carries the motor and idler/speed change. The top plate is not solid mounted to the plinth, there are compliant mountings to try and keep noise from the motor etc from the bearing.
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I built the 12 inch arm using the bearing housing from an old Jelco. The headshell was made by hand and the SME sliding base provides the necessary adjustment.
I did a light to heavy conversion. I used a similar machine belt as yours, mounted below the platter rim. Its a nice finish.
Gorgeous work! I really like the way you crafted the arm.
Thank you. The LAD tone arm was made by Jelco and I had two of these in poor condition so I decided to rebuild them into 12 inch arms. This arm has a solid brass counterweight with the original Jelco insert bonded into it so it's still decoupled and keeps the original course screw thread. I machined an aluminium bush that was a tight fit on the Jelco pillar and a nice fit in the SME slider to marry the two together. Machining slots in the headshell is hard work for me and I like the versatility of a sliding base anyway. One of the bolt holes in the headshell is slightly larger so the cartridge can be swivelled slightly to aid set up. I made the aluminium spacer too.
I must admit I get a lot of pleasure making stuff like this and even more when I listen to it