The base was optional as many people in the 1960's had audio consoles that would fit the unit. The isolation cones are a modification to the original base and actually do help with the sonic quality. United Audio is the U.S. distributor for Dual of Germany.
Complete with 3 spindles, replaceable headshells, tall dustcover and factory base.
The dustcover is not a stiff acrylic material, but a flexible softer plastic which polishes very nicely with a multi-step polishing product. Unlike most acrylic dustcovers, this one is not likely to break. Although the dustcover is not hinged, it does have the ability to have either multi-play spindle with the dustcover on.
The tonearm head was originally painted black at the factory, but this one's paint wasn't so good. After sanding, polishing and clear coating with a specialized lacquer it looks quite nice and adds a little more character to the unit.
The platter is made of aluminum and weighs 7 pounds. The deck is supported by a three spring suspension and can be locked down during transportation.
The turntable has an exquisite ring to its mechanism as it cycles and includes a hydraulic dampened cueing lever. Includes adjustments for tonearm weight and anti-skating. Also has fine tune adjustments that can be accomplished from the top of the unit.
Turntable without the platter and the clip that holds it down. A couple of points to notice during reconditioning process : The idler wheel needs to be abraded with rubber reconditioner. If any cracks are present then it needs to be carefully re-vulcanized. Next, the idler is driven by the motor pulley which is made of brass except for the very top that is made from plastic (operates 16 speed). It cannot be fixed if it breaks. Sanding lightly with 400 grit sandpaper is better than polishing to ensure solid connection with rubber idler. Lastly, The center bearing needs to be pulled out and cleaned of all old grease and then re-packed with new grease. Will look a little messy when done (like this one), but will work well.
Multiple headshells with different cartridges can be useful for situations where mono records and 78's come in to play.
Bottom of the deck reveals a rather complex set of levers and switches. The motor is very strong and typically only requires a little lubrication. Rather easy to work on if you know what you're doing.
This particular unit has had the old silver corroded tonearm wires replaced with new copper ones. The ground has been reconditioned too. RCA connectors have also been replated with silver. Made a serious difference in the audio quality.
The headshell has had the cartridge wires replaced with new ones.
The contacts have been replated with silver. The solder points have been insulated with synthetic rubber. The brass has also been polished.
On the headshell end of the tonearm arm the contacts have also been replated with silver.
The underside of the tonearm head needed to be polished so the headshell would slide on nicely without resistance.
Tonearm before wire replacement, but after head clean and polish. The lever that locks headshell often needs to be disassembled, cleaned, polished, lubricated and adjusted in order to function properly.
Notice the corrosion on the bottom bar. This was not visible on the previous restored shots of the bottom. Typically, if you sand out the corrosion, polish, and clear coat; the problem is solved.
The tonearm wires come out of the upper left of this photo and require special attention and adjustment if the wires are to be replaced.
The center plastic gear is often loaded with old congealed grease which may cause problems during cycling. No problem cleaning out and relubricating. The plastic gear is tough, but can be broken.
Lastly, the cueing lever needs to be disassembled, cleaned and new damping fluid applied. This is no fun task since it takes a couple of years for the fluid to stiffen up a little if the incorrect viscosity fluid is used. Something along the lines of 300000 centistokes silicone damping fluid.
1965 Dual turntable advertisement.
Another Dual turntable advertisement, circa 1965.
1969 Dual turntable advertisement.
Dual 1019 Fully Automatic Multi-Play Turntable, Circa 1967
A collection of images from a semi-restored precision turntable considered top of the line during its day. Produced from 1965 to 1969 it is a very fine piece of German engineering. The early models are not quite as nice as the later ones. An idler driven system that offers the best of direct drive and belt drive at the same time. A multiplayer capable of stacking 6 LP's and with the optional 45 stacker 12 to 14 45's. Plays at speeds of 16 2/3, 33 1/3, 45 and 78 r.p.m. with ± 6% pitch control. Also has a setting for the size of the record : 7, 10 and 12 inch. The base, dustcover and 45 multi-play spindle were all optional items; and as a result, most of the turntables out there are incomplete. Carries a wide range of values depending on condition and accessories included. Retailed for $130 in the 1960's; however, if you wanted a plinth, dustcover, 45 spindle and cartridge with needle you were looking at a price closer to $300. That was a lot of money for a turntable in the 1960's.
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 - $425