The base was optional as many people in the 1960's had audio consoles that would fit the unit. This unit may benefit from vibration isolation cones. United Audio is the U.S. distributor for Dual of Germany, but this plinth came from Germany and has no United Audio logo.
Complete with 3 spindles (not shown), replaceable headshells, short dustcover and factory base. The dustcover can't be lowered with either multiplay spindle installed. On the other hand, it does not need to be removed.
The dustcover is a stiff thick smoke colored acrylic material. Polished very nicely with a multi-step polishing product. Like most acrylic dustcovers, this one will likely chip or break if dropped. The dustcover is not hinged, but it fits nicely into the slot on the back of the base that acts as a hinge.
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. Notice that the tonearm lever is not in the locked position as it should be. It needs to be bent upwards a little so that it will lock into the notched space on the tonearm head.
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 repacked 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. 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. 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.
The RCA connectors were replated and polished along with other silver plated connectors. The internals have never been anything other than super clean. A little lubrication and a few adjustments is all that is needed. With one exception, the cueing lever needs to have the silicone grease replaced. This can be a little tough since the hydraulic action is dependent upon an exact grease viscosity to work properly. Something along the lines of 300000 centistokes silicone damping fluid would probably work.
Inside view of the factory plinth has original instructions.
Bottom of the plinth.
Front view of plinth has aluminum inlay.
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 $175 - $425