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    Default Linn Sondek Dust Cover Hinge Repair

    The Linn Sondek LP12 turntable I recently acquired had a broken hinge on the dust cover and wouldn’t stay open. The other hinge spring was about to pop through. No wonder, with a steel spring rubbing against a thin piece of plastic. I got a quote of around $40 for new hinges that did not appear to be made any better than these, so I decided to fix them and put the dollars toward a better cartridge.

    I’ve seen other dust cover hinges designed like this so the repair could work with them. I drilled a 3/32” hole through the hinges and put a slight bend in the leg of the spring. I held the leg of the spring down and inserted the smooth shank of the drill bit through the hole. The excess bit was nipped off with a cutoff disc mounted in a Dremel tool. Now the leg of the spring is held by a metal rod.

    The hinges were fixed but they looked shabby from the backside. I split an old computer floppy disk in two and cut some overlay patches out of the thin plastic case. Super Glue was used to adhere the patch to the back of the hinge.
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    I saw this in person last Sunday. It was a remarkable fix considering I thought the hinges were shot. It looked brand new. Rich never ceses to amaze me with the ingenious fixes he can formulate. My hat's off to you Rich.
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    EXC.

    Yankee engineering, some of the Southern folks might learn something.

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    I need you to come and work on my house. Bring the Sondek.

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    Thanks for the kind words.


    Bring the Sondek.
    There were moments during set up I would have given it away. Good thing I found some patience laying around.:D
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    You should change your moniker to "Mr. Fixit"!

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    Can I send some of my gear your way for some much needed revitalization?

    Way to go fountain of youth on those hinges with MacGuyver like resourcefulness.
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    Awesome!!! Richie, you need to move closer to where I live!!!

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    Default Another Fix Idea

    My Sony turntable (PS-LX3) has the same hinges. I discovered a fairly simple fix for you do-it-yourselfers. Drill a hole on each side of the plastic portion just above the pin and insert an additional pin that retains the spring.


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    (Ignore the hole I drilled in the center of the hinge, that was a fix that was unsuccessful)

    There is more information on the problem at the following URL:

    http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/analo...nd-wanted.html

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    what kind of "pin" do you use?

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