I have one as well. I don't remember if I've redone it or not. Have you done the puff test to see if gaskets leak? Visual inspection of the diaphragm? A bit of oil on the pivot system for the needle bar may help too.
Ron L'Herault From: Phono-L [mailto:phono-l-boun...@oldcrank.org] On Behalf Of Immortal Performances via Phono-L Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:55 PM To: Phono-L Cc: Immortal Performances Subject: [Phono-L] Brunswick "Cortez" Questions I recently obtained a Brunswick "Cortez" phonograph which I have long wanted. Have taken steps to obtain the best possible sound quality from it by sealing the tone arm joints with vasoline & using putty to seal the connection between the base of the tone arm to the top of the passage leading to the horn but am still disappointed in the results, noticeably inferior to the similar size Columbia Viva-tonal 800 & 810 & the Victrola Orthophonic "Credenza" as well as the Victrola 10-50 changer. ( For playing acoustically recorded records the earlier Brunswicks with the "Ultona"tone arm & soundbox & much smaller horns than the "Cortez" actually sound better than the "Cortez" - in nearly all cases I find them best of all acoustic phonographs for playing acoustic records.) The "Cortez" horn itself appears to be in excellent condition without any noticeable cracks or open joints which might cause air leaks. This leaves only the sound box which also appears to be in excellent condition though the gold plating is worn. Have any of you with Brunswick "Cortez" machines found that the reproduction is improved by having its sound box restored? If so, who would you recommend to undertake the restoration or is this something that can be done by the local repairman? Are appropriate gaskets, etc. available for restoring a Brunswick "Cortez" soundbox? Am still searching for the knife hinges for the front doors of the "Cortez" & one missing front door knob. Any ideas will be much appreciated. Description: paderJim Cartwright IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES, INC "Austin's Eclectic Used Record Store Since 1971" 1404 West 30th Street Austin, Texas 78703-1402 USA (512) 478-9954 E-mail: jimcartwri...@immortalperformances.com Paderewski
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