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|CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 42 • 10/17/1998|
From: ALCHUS Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 11:56:29 EDT To: email@example.com Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 41 TOM I just wanted to add my two cents regarding your site. To the fellow that was critical of your site, I suggest that he sell his player and disc(s). [if you give me a list of titles I will make you an offer]. It seemed that he was disappointed that with a click of his mouse someone didn't show up at his house and fix his player back to "brand new" status. Keep in mind that this is yesterday's technology. The reason some of us retain our interest in the CED format is that we have dozens (or hundreds) of titles. I think that if RCA called each owner of a CED player up and said that they would trade a DVD machine for our CED machine and replace each title with a new DVD disc for no cost there would be no need for this CED site. But that trade-in program will not happen in my lifetime. In my case, I had a CED machine that I took apart to see what was wrong with it. It stayed apart for over 5 years. I knew that at the least I needed a take-up belt. But I wasn't sure that if that was all I needed. After reading the tips at your site, I was convinced that the belt was the only problem with my machine. You sold me a belt and now I have a working machine. For the 5 years that this machine was sitting in my basement, I keep telling myself I might as well dump it (along with my 75 titles). If it wasn't for your site, my machine and discs would be sitting in some landfill. I applaud you for taking the time (and cost) to run this site. I'm sure that somewhere down the line my machine will give out. I then will use your site in trying to sell my small collection of discs and even my machine for parts. I don't expect your site to fix my machine for eternity. Again, much thanks. Alchus ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 17:21:00 -0400 (EDT) From: return To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: "Getting Machines repair'd for all Ceder's" And Be Wary Tips!! My, My, My..... Aren't we suddenly a lively crowd again. This site had been deserted for sometime like Death valley, Calif. Gee, We have suddenly come alive again talking about helping others get there machines repaired, or atleast some help to others again. You mean that "Gift-Horse is on the move again?" Actually, it would be reather selfish for me to take the credit. I think we all should give Donald Barf a big round of applause and express some appreciation for his willingness to be direct and honest about his feelings. There's some folks around here who don't have that candor or ability apparently. Donald Barf got everyone talking again. Isn't that something. Why did it have to come down to that? Atleast we are all back on the subject of how we are going to organize a process or system of how to "Better" address and assit CED'ers out there who need serious help with machines. However, I have another agenda besides this. Something just as important to us all. It seems we have another type of problem. problem no# 1.-- Everyone be on your gaurd. There is a person who is going around and breaking other persons deals and agreements up. We have a person who swarms in on other peoples deals and "High-Balls" the seller by offering more money than what the others have already agreeded to pay, thus shaking loose those agreeded buyers. Then the High-Baller turns around and LOW-BALLS the seller after he is ready to sell. The seller is then faced with accepting far-less than before, and also very upset are the other buyers as well. No#2) It has been discovered that this same person is also contacting other CED Disc owners to encourage them to do "PRICE FIXING"! The sellers were being contacted and then were told not to let certain titles go for less on a certain dollar amount. For example: selling a certain title for no less than $20.00-$30.00 a pop. All other parties (sellers of disc) were contacted by the very same person also. A pattern had emerged from the parties which lead a trail back to the CED-Magic web-site. That same person also uses the site as well. So, Heads-up folks, be careful who your dealing with. Protect yourselves by not paying way over or to much for a disc. If it is outrageous then don't pay that much for it, chances are the seller has been contacted by this person. Also, if your selling something be careful of persons who contact you out of no where with an astronomical price for an item and your common sense tells you its too good to be true, then follow your common sense.... Smoke them out by asking questions, and asking for C.O.D. or other assurance's. This will usually flush the person out. No.#3) Another problem is sending machines to trusted persons for them to work on for you..(this also connects with our previous agenda on machine repair) Always be very cautious of this. The person on the other end may tell you they will look at it. The machine may only need a belt or something very simple. Once the machine is received by them they will tell you that it is not repairable and refuse to send it back to you"""then you know you've been HAD! This recently happened to a person dealing with a SJT-400 player. No.#4) also, be careful of certain parties who claim they will pay you for machines or disc, and then they turn around and want them as Free donations. You will later see that very same disc or machine show up for sale later on. This is being issued to all on the site, and to new persons on the site who have not been around long enough to know about Predators out there who do use this site for other purposes... Take care to all and be careful in your dealings. This party still uses this web-site so be on your guard!!..................... ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Daniel P. Cayea" To: "Tom Howe" <email@example.com> Subject: CD-ROM Project Report Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 20:58:25 -0400 Dear Tom: Just out of curiosity, I and I am sure that many of the other CED Hobbyists are wondering how the CD-ROM project is coming along. I am also wondering if you have an expected date of when the project is to be completed. Thanks Daniel P. Cayea ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 13:13:59 -0700 From: Tom Howe To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: Dragging Turntable on SJT-100 and other J/K Players Michael: You're right about there being a turntable height adjustment screw inside the adjusting nut on the bottom of the player. There should also be a lock screw directly below the adjustment screw, but this was an add-on in mid-manufacture, so many players are missing it. With the adjustment screw absent the turntable sits in the lowest possible position and rubs against the lower panel. There is also a thrust plate that sits in the turntable spindle well between the spindle and the adjusting screw. This is just a tiny round holeless washer, and it's common for it to get lost when the turntable is removed and the player is placed upsidedown. Sometimes it gets drawn to the magnetic ring of the turntable, and can be found clinging there even years later. The player will still operate without the thrust plate, but there will be more friction and wear on the tip of the spindle with it directly contacting the adjustment screw. The adjustment screw is no longer available as an RCA replacement part, but it's an industry standard part that can be obtained at most large hardware stores. The threads inside the adjusting nut are SAE standard 6-32, so the formal description of the part is a 6-32 by 3/8" socket head set screw. The lock screw is the same part, but 1/4" in length. To adjust the turntable height follow these steps. With the player unplugged and the cover off, rotate by hand the large white second reduction gear adjacent to the function motor until the disc transfer rod retracts below the turntable. Elevate the player on a couple of blocks so you can spin the turntable by hand while raising the turntable with the set screw. The socket head accepts a 1/16" hex key, and a good rule of thumb is to slowly raise the turntable until the drag is eliminated, then rotate the set screw another full turn to provide an additional 1/32" of clearance. You also asked how to determine if a stylus cartridge is good. There is no way to be absolutely certain short of testing it in a working player, but some cartridges can be visually determined to be bad by the absence of any point on the stylus tip. If you're going to buy a function motor drive belt, attach a reminder note and I'll include 3/8" and 1/4" set screws in the envelope. This should be enough for you to get the player running mechanically, and there's a good chance that's all it may need to be fully operational. --Tom Howe ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: TMANDRAKE Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 12:24:50 EDT To: email@example.com Subject: selling out I have 2 non-working CED disc players. One needs a new stylus and the other is beyond my very limited abilities to repair. I also have quite a few used discs. Could anyone tell me if its worth my time to try to sell or should I just trash this stuff? Any advice here would be greatly appreciated.
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