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CED Digest Vol. 2 No. 40  •  10/4/1997


From: DPC16
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 11:50:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: The Future of CED's

     As it has been over a decade since the first 'CED' player first rolled
off the assembly line and many have been intreagued and mystiqued by it.  As
well since RCA Corporation is no longer an entity being bought out by General
Electric and then subsidized to Thompson Consumer Electronics the world of
the 'CED' has slowly decreased in size to near extinction.  Many at Thompson
Consumer Electronics (TCE) have never heard of the 'CED' concept perhaps due
to the time that has passed since the systems were in manufacture.  
     Since the employees or perhaps even the employers at TCE have never
heard of the 'CED' concept or do not want to remember, it might be possible
to join together with fellow 'CED'  enthusiasts to purchase the rights to the
design of the systems and perhaps even the Disc Stamping Unit that in myth is
stored at TCE.   Imagine what could be done, if all of the 'CED' enthusiasts
were to join together and give rebirth to the 'CED' concept.  
     Many believe that failure of the 'CED' was the invention of Japan Victor
Company's VHS Deck, however this is a false truth.  For example Betamax Video
Recorders and Players were better in video quality except for the length,
however they were under sold by VHS due to bad marketing strategies.  This
applies to RCA and other manufacturers of the 'CED' players and discs.  If
'CED' enthusiasts and users were to unite and purchase the rights as well as
the equipment could accomplish amazing feats.  
     Some would say that the purchase of 'CED' system rights would not be
feasilble for one person or perhaps a few.  Yet there are not just one or a
few who use the 'CED' systems.  

From: DPC16
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 11:52:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: The Future of CED's - Part Two

   I ask all my fellow CED enthusiasts to join me in this cause.  I value
your comments and feedback on this issue.  Please tell on this EMagazine.

Daniel P. Cayea
Telecom Technologies
P & O Systems

From: "John Irwin Leonard"
To: <>
Subject: Simple(?) Repair Advice For RCA 
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 14:43:18 -0400

Hello everyone,

First of all, I would like to thank Tom for his CED site.  It has been
informative and most interesting.  The links to other sites are also very
helpful.  It is because of his site that I have an interest in CED
technology and may start an active collection of discs (I have only five thus

I have two questions regarding my two players to which I was hoping to get

I recently picked up an RCA,  SFT 100 W (I already had a Zenith player, but
wanted to compare the differences and maybe use the Zenith as a spare).

It seems to be in good condition, but the turntable does not rise when the
door is closed (lever moved up from Load to Play).  It does spin when the
lever is brought down from Off to Play (with a disk already having been
previously loaded), but it still remains at the base position, maybe 1/4"
below the disk.  I need to know what may be operating incorrectly / need
repair, how to remove the turntable (if necessary), etc.

Regarding the Zenith, it works fairly well, but stutters consistently at
certain positions of the counter, mostly between 30 and 40.  When I say that
it stutters I mean that the video and audio jump slightly forward, sometimes
losing a word or two of the dialogue, and sometimes this stuttering repeats
several or more times before the play settles back to normal.  [By the way,
the Zenith's configuration/design is very much like the RCA, and they take
the same stylus cartridge].

I thought this problem might be due to a slipping stylus-transport motor belt
(my phrase, it is the small belt driving the worm gear assembly) or maybe to
uneven resistance as the stylus transport assembly is moved slowly forward
(suddenly encountering less resistance, and thus the lurching forward and
skipping of small segments of the audio/video).  I figured that perhaps the
worm gear or gear train might need lubrication to solve this, but don't know
which type lube to use and how sparingly it should be applied, etc.

Any insight anyone can provide will be most appreciated!  Thank you.

Best Regards,
John --


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