Features a rebuilt 3 vacuum tube mono amplifier. Has a spring loaded well to hold the 45 adapter. All capacitors and resistors have been replaced with modern ones. The rubber drive tire has been reconditioned and is in excellent condition. All mechanics have been cleaned and lubricated. Has been retro fitted with a modern diamond tipped ceramic cartridge. The original speaker is in excellent condition, but could be replaced easily since the cabinet interior is spacious. The sound is loud and clear. In excellent shape electronically, mechanically, and cosmetically.
The platter has been electrostatically and pneumatically re-flocked. A process used to apply tiny fibers in order to have a soft surface texture.
The platter is driven by a rubber coated metal idler. Its rubber has been reconditioned with "Rubber Renue" every year since the year 1999. It is in excellent original shape.
The body is made of Bakelite and polished very nicely. There are no chips or cracks. The deck is an enamel coated steel and blends well with the body. There are a few minor paint blemishes that need to be touched up.
The side of the platter looks as if some of the flocking is missing. This is not the case as it is a photographic anomaly. The Bakelite finish is not scratched as it may look from this picture.
The original crystal cartridge with dual sapphire needles has been replaced with a modern ceramic cartridge with diamond needle. The diamond needle will handle 78 records and should get 600 more plays with it as opposed to the original one at only 200.
Tonearm has a stylus force adjustment screw at the back end of the tonearm.
Bottom side view of the original stained plywood that holds the 3 tube mono amplifier. The rubber feet are original and in excellent condition.
The amplifier has been rebuilt. All of the paper capacitors and old resistors have been replaced with new modern ones. All of the tubes test good as there is no noise or hum even at loud volumes. Comes with an extra set of tubes listed from front to back of this photograph : 35W4 Rectifier, Half Wave; 50L6GT Beam Power Amplifier; and 12SQ7 Diode, Dual Triode. The speaker is original and has had 2 very minor repairs to the paper cone.
The motor has been cleaned and lubricated. Close up of the internal mechanics shows a broken cable tie which has been replaced with a new one. The old one was not disgarded, but glued back together and packed away. You really shouldn't throw out any parts even if they are broken.
The platter after it was re-flocked. Used a high output air ionizer connected to a mini pneumatic flocking device in order to apply the nylon flocking material to a wet heavy enamel paint surface. Excellent results can be had if great care is taken and proper materials are chosen.
The platter really looks stellar and adds value to the unit overall. A real eye catcher.
The side of the platter shows a little bulging toward the bottom. The paint was applied in a very thick pattern quickly. Needed to rotate the platter evenly without touching any of the fibers until it dried 24 hours later.
The bottom side was painted the same color as it originally was.
The original platter after sitting on a shelf for about 18 years. It looked a lot better a long time ago.
The surface really needs to be clean and smooth in order for the flocking application to work well. It is appropriate to primer the surface first since we're dealing with bare metal.
The "Voice of Music" adapter works on this unit since this player was actually designed by V-M originally.
Notice the instructions tell you which direction the arrow should point to in order to work properly depending on the model of player used.
The adapter faces a different direction on other models. On the RCA player the manual states to have the RCA logo facing front. I suppose the arrow should point to the front for this one.
1952 RCA Model 2-ES-31 Bakelite Record Changer
A collection of images from a restored 3 speed LP and 45 multiplayer. Plays 78, 45, and 33 1/3 speed records. Can stack up fourteen 7 inch records or ten 10 to 12 inch records intermixed.
The camera flash makes the unit look more dusty or dirty than it really is. You can zoom in on the images if you mouse over them. During autoplay zoom is disabled.
Valued in the range of $275 - $375.