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Pioneer PL-L1000 parts

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Posted on December 29, 2012 at 13:42:40
kotms
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As if I had nothing else to do, got myself another pet project: Pioneer PL-L1000 tangential tracker. All essentials seem to be working, but it needs the usual: belt that drives the arm lift, rubber boots that cover the suspension springs, and an "arm clamp" pin, which broke during shipping. Anybody could steer me in the right direction where I can try to find those?

Thx

 

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PL-L1000 parts, posted on December 29, 2012 at 20:26:12
hifitommy
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maybe from pioneer in compton california. the little drive belt for the cuing is the most important of all those parts. i replaced the boots and they promptly died in the LA air.

SO o put 4 childrens arm floaties for swimming (find the kind with cloth covering) under the plastic base and the platter will never rub the inside of the plinth again AND the table will be impervious to mechanical or airborne feedback, ever.

leveling is very staightforward (use a bullet level first left to right, then front to back) by adjusting the air pressure in each floatie. an inverted wooden box could be built to cover the floaties if desired for aesthetics. the floaties arent pretty.
...regards...tr

 

RE: PL-L1000 parts, posted on December 30, 2012 at 05:52:03
kotms
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Thx! Interesting approach! I found some belts and ordereda couple. There are also reproduction boots on ebay $30 for a set. My main problem is a broken "arm clamp" pin... Pioneer doesn't seem to carry anything anymore for this table...

Thx

Mark

 

PL-L1000 , posted on December 30, 2012 at 08:13:04
hifitommy
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it seems the only real time you will need a hold down clamp is during transit. this doesnt happen very often so using a wire tie for that seems ok as aesthetics arent important then.

my PLL1000a has a button to push that locks down the truck for transit.
...regards...tr

 

RE: PL-L1000 , posted on December 30, 2012 at 08:29:02
kotms
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Thx

Actually, no. For transportation, there are four substantial screws that you secure the arm carrier with from below, as well as two specially molded plastic spacers... The pin is used only to hold the carrier from moving while table is not in use/play mode. It is so skimpy, that I wonder what they were thinking about. It appears that most tables have them broken off or missing altogether.

How do you like your table?

 

PL-L1000A, posted on December 30, 2012 at 08:53:55
hifitommy
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its a good tt but not as wonderful as the BAS Speaker review of the phase linear 8000a (the same tt) glowed about. my grace 707 on a kenwood kd500 revealed the diffs between cartridges more apparent.

it is nice to have auto shutoff and tangent tracking is my favorite method and has some real advantages. when i fleck of food causes a locked groove (quite common) i would switch off the tt drive and cuing to prevent the arm raising.

then i rotate the platter until the fleck JUST passes the stylus and its accompanying thup (the sound made by the fleck), and then rotate the platter far enough to scrape the fleck off with my fingernail.

this usually has the affect of completely removing the particle and leaves the groove dead quiet afterwards.

the advantage of tangential tracking here is that the stylus doesnt jump a groove as an arm with an antiskating device built in.

i had many happy hours with my pio but when i had the opportunity to snag my sota sapphire for a great price, i didnt hesitate.
...regards...tr

 

RE: PL-L1000A, posted on January 2, 2013 at 10:01:28
kotms
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Hello and Happy New Year!

I found all the parts. Actually got it going. Got the service manual, till have to re-adjust the zero position, but it is playing. It is ok with the Signet MM I have, but it is a disaster with the OC-9. All in all I am somewhat disappointed with the sound this thing produces. Really mediocre mid-fi from the 70s - early 80s. I am surprised to hear how much praise this thing got. It is as colored as a rainbow, with a multitude of ringings and resonances. Ok, I tried, out it goes!

 

PL-L1000A and the OC9, posted on January 2, 2013 at 15:41:24
hifitommy
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i used one with pretty good success, it sounded great (within the limits of its capability). actually it was more than ok. i could easily discern one cart from another but my grace 707/kd500 combo was much more revealing.
...regards...tr

 

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