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User Name Remember Me? Collaro Conquest - a pictorial guide to servicing this deck. I've now had the opportunity to strip and service one and will describe how its done with pictures that I've taken.EKCO RP329 With Collaro Conquest deck after overhaul 1959 model
Find More Posts by Michael Maurice. Re: Collaro Conquest - a pictorial guide to servicing this deck. Turn the turntable the right way up Lift out the overarm. Loosen the two screws that hold the pick up arm in place lift off the arm and put it aside safely. Remove the turntable idler wheel and put it aside, loosen the two screws on the larger changer pulley and lift it off.
It might need a bit tight. Pull off the motor pulley complete with spring, do not lift out the fan, you'll distort the blades. With a suitable tool, gently tap the top of the motor spindle so the armature falls of of the bottom, the fan can then be taken out. Remove the five screws arrowed that secure the sub chassis to the main deck.
The sub chassis should drop out from the deck. Remove the speed changer knob Remove the circlips holding the shaft and manual lever in place Ensure that the shaft arrowed is clean and free from oil, grease and dirt, it must be easily moved up ad down and the spring should return it to the down position, Remove the speed changer shaft and clean it. Thoroughly clean the motor bearings, the felt absorbers and the shaft of the armature.
You should ensure that the felt pads are full with oil. When this is done refit the armature to the motor, and refit the bottom bearing, what I do is to gently tap this bearing into place then tighten each screw a little at a time until they are tight. Check to see that the shaft rotates freely.The next year,stuff started getting sorted out. Engineers took to the task and came up with some remarkably sound solutions:. Within two years, this overarm changer completely eclipsed all Webster changers using a side shelf, because it was so much easier to use.
The side shelf changers quickly disappeared from the Webster line and most other linesleaving Garrard as the only major producer of record changers with side-shelf record dropping.
Garrard made them until they quit making changers. Notice that with some of the early designs, the 7" record was just accommodated, more than it was really assimilated into the design. This is especially evident with the two record changer designs listed immediately above.
Many designs required that 7" records be treated differently than the other sizes were. But the next two designs treated the 7" record as an equal to the other sizes in every way, large-hole or small-hole but both changers did require that only one size at a time be used, because the shelf had to be set for record size in all cases.
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The 45 spindle for the Philco M was a fat duplicate of the standard spindle that slipped over it. It nodded with the standard spindle and dropped the records just as the small spindle did - but without spiders. A later version of this changer, the M, returned the arm to rest, but left the turntable rotating after the last record.
It checked the position of the record clamp before the record dropped. One would wonder why people accepted record changers that repeated the last record over and over. Of all of the little 45 changers, only two were ever made that could shut themselves off. And many of the early 3-speed changers repeated the last record too. Some of them were even pesky enough to repeat the last record the wrong size. Did people accept them because most prewar drop changers repeated the last record, or did they not find out that the changer repeated the last record until after they already bought it?
From this point on, all record changers made shut themselves off after the last record - excepting most little RPM changers. Those continued to be made without automatic shutoff into the s.
The ad showed the changer loaded with all three sizes, in a stack just like the one on the Thorens - a stack it could not play automatically. The changer was also loaded with two different speeds visible because the 7" records had spiders in their large holesand no V-M changer ever had automatic speed change.
This basic mechanism was sold from towith only minor modifications. And it is the most copied design in record changer history. In the next few years, record changer manufacturers became even more ingenious in the way they made their equipment work:. This changer was unique in the way the overarm was used to shut the changer off with large-hole records.
Placing the overarm on the records sitting on the large-hole spindle made the records tilt, so it couldn't be used that way. So they designed it so you place the overarm against the edge of a stack of large-hole records. The overarm shaft was designed so it pressed the overarm lightly against the edge of any record up on the spindle see small image at right.
So when the last record dropped, the overarm first swung toward the spindle, and then dropped down below the record shelves. On the next cycle, the changer shut itself off because the overarm was low. The overarm is shown in that position in the large photo.Disassembling Collaro Conquest changer questions.
Posted: Aug Wed 26, pm. Am a little gun shy about these things! It looks like if I remove the tone arm, the cycling idler, and three screws around the spindle and two screws around the tone arm base the whole shebang will come off in one piece? I need to degrease the thing! Post subject: Re: Disassembling Collaro Conquest changer questions. I don't blame you. What's the model number?
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Hold off for some other replies. I'm not sure a breakdown of that nature is necessarily required. I have a few around here and it didn't take that to get them going. Others can give their thoughts.
Bill J. Rather than disconnecting it from the platter entirely, I flip it over and start from the bottom and work up. Take lots of pictures and lay paper towels down in case you drop a c clip or tiny spring or screw. The Conquest I rebuilt needed to be taken completely apart and cleaned. The lube they used back then reallly seizes up.
Lots of info on the tear down of these TT's on this forum. Just search and you shall see. Don't know why I didn't post the model number. A long day apparently! Numbers I can find are Ref No. It says Collaro "Conquest" on another sticker. This is an old Magnavox stereo, with tubes! The trip lever is gunky, trips before the end of the record.
Posted: Aug Thu 27, am. One of these? You will need to disassemble it and clean it. I you are going to do it, PM me and I'll send you the service docs. Good luck. Posted: Aug Thu 27, pm. I just finished one of these from a Magnavox Concert Grand I restored.
Make sure you get all the old grease off everything as it just has turned to glue. My main problem was the front motor bearing was frozen due to old grease, secondary was the speed control stepper was also gummed up by old grease. Make sure you put a film of new grease on any parts that slide and light oil on anything that spins. Hopefully your idler and drive wheels are still pliable, if you can find replacements they aren't cheap. I tend to agree with Bill J. Certainly old gummed-up grease and lubricants need to be cleaned up.
But so far I have never had to completely disassemble a Collaro Conquest, thankfully.Collaro Ltd was a major early British manufacturer of gramophones, record players and tape decks in the early to mid 20th century when gramophones came into their own and sound reproduction took off. Founded in Barking Essex, in by Christopher Collaro originally from Constantinople, Turkey, but who had immigrated to London in his early teensthe company began creating spring motors for gramophones.
Because of the very high quality of Collaro motors, demand was high and with exports to the US increasing, Collaro moved to larger premises in Peckham, London and bythe company was producing around 10 motors, now affordable to the general public, not just the trade. They also started manufacturing electric gramophone motors which revolutionised the audio industry. During WW2, Major Christopher Collaro and his workforce were moved out of London to Langley Mill in Derbyshire, where the factory was refitted, the workforce enlarged to and they were set to producing munitions for the war.
After the war, Collaro moved down south again and set up at Barking, Essex. They resumed manufacturing gramophone parts. Now concentrating on record changers and also producing Collaro branded record players and related accessories. Christopher Collaro and Collaro Ltd held dozens of patents for improvements in gramophones from toand by the s was one of the largest manufacturers of record changers in the United Kingdom.
It also manufactured fan heaters! So, changing our experience of sound and warming us up at the same time! At some point in the late s it's believed that Isaac Wolfson, a major British industrialist and head of Great Universal Stores, a large chain of retail outlets throughout Britain and Continental Europe, became involved with Collaro, taking over as MD when Major Collaro retired, and inthe company was sold to the American Magnavox corporation - with Wolfson still being involved providing Magnavox with a retail and distribution network.
This changed the direction of Collaro and opened up international manufacturing and distribution for Magnavox, as their first international acquisition. In Collaro was described as the largest manufacturer of record changers in the United Kingdom and its record decks comprised the mechanical unit incorporating a turntable and pickup, without electronics, built into many manufactured and home-constructed record players of the time.
The pioneering Collaro Transcriptor and Collaro Studio were tape decks mechanisms without associated electronics that were incorporated into many home tape recorders at the time. InMagnavox was acquired by international electricals conglomerate, Philips and the Collaro name finally died - only to be re-born in by Collaro Audio Ltd! History of Collaro - years of innovation 12th June The beginning Collaro Ltd was a major early British manufacturer of gramophones, record players and tape decks in the early to mid 20th century when gramophones came into their own and sound reproduction took off.
Wartime effort During WW2, Major Christopher Collaro and his workforce were moved out of London to Langley Mill in Derbyshire, where the factory was refitted, the workforce enlarged to and they were set to producing munitions for the war.
THE COLLARO CONQUEST RECORD CHANGER
The rise of Collaro Christopher Collaro and Collaro Ltd held dozens of patents for improvements in gramophones from toand by the s was one of the largest manufacturers of record changers in the United Kingdom. A new era In Collaro was described as the largest manufacturer of record changers in the United Kingdom and its record decks comprised the mechanical unit incorporating a turntable and pickup, without electronics, built into many manufactured and home-constructed record players of the time.
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It is the responsibility of Bidder to make full arrangements for knowing shipping costs prior to bidding and to provide payment for shipping apart from item invoice for shipping.My favorite record changer is the Collaro Conquest. Appearing in several different forms, it is one of the most useful record changers around. Standard features include:. The 4 photos show in sequence my Collaro Conquest at rest, feeling a 7" record, playing the 7" record, and feeling the absence of records at the end of the stack.
The pickup arm itself is used to feel the record size. During the change cycle, the pickup arm rises from the record and swings out over the restpost, clear of the record stack. It then does something a little different from what most other record changers do. Before the record drops, the arm rises up to the height of the unplayed stack, and moves toward the records on the spindle. If there are records on the spindle, the feeler bar on the left side of the pickup head strikes them, measuring very accurately the diameter of the largest record in the stack.
This, of course, means that larger records must be placed before smaller records in the stack.
After the arm feels the size of the record, it returns to a position over the restpost, and the record drops. Then the arm lowers down below the records on the spindle, swings in over the starting groove of the record that dropped, and sets down on it. If the arm doesn't find a record when it feels for one, then it stays over the restpost when it swings out the second time, and the power shuts off as the arm sets on the post.
Autospeed is activated by starting my Collaro Conquest in 33, holding the Automatic control in the REJECT position, then changing the speed control to 45, and then releasing the Automatic control. If you do not know that Autospeed is there, you will not even notice it unless you try to change speed after starting a record stack. During each change cycle, the brass feeler arm comes toward the spindle just after the arm rises from the record that finished playing.
It contacts any record larger than 9" that is up on the spindle. If the brass feeler arm contacts a record and Autospeed is active, the speed will stay at 33 RPM. If it does not contact a record, the speed automatically changes to the current setting of the speed control.
Autospeed never persists beyond one stack of records, unless the stack is stopped by hand.
If this occurs, starting a change cycle with no records on the spindle will clear Autospeed.