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Ben_S
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Ben_S posted on Wed, Sep 3 2014 4:59 PM

Spent yesterday sorting out my Beolit 600.

It was in a very good shape cosmetically, with no damage at all and battery cover included. Sadly, there was no tuning string in it when I bought it. So having ordered the string from Martin I set to work!

 

If anyone is looking to do this then I'm sure it has been discussed before, but it is a real pain and takes patience. Martin's advice of masking taping each stage was really useful. Also remembering the process and the exact amount of turns is useful. This is contained in the service manual available on site. There isn't really an easy solution but be patient and you will get there!

 

The curry 400 is absolutely fine luckily, but I have got spare string if required.

Finally, has anyone found any cardboard tubing that is a good substitute for a battery cover? I need one for the 400! 

Thanks!

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square4
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Hi Ben.

I love it too Big Smile

Henrik.

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Last weekend i was very lucky to find this very very nice beolit 1000 for only 400dkr(54euro)

It lacks the antenna knob but otherwise it is perfectly fine and plays as it should

Henrik.

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Dillen replied on Sun, Mar 14 2021 11:36 AM

Find of the year!  Yes - thumbs up

Martin

square4
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Hi Martin,we`ll see when the year is over Big Smile

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Wow,

beautiful wood color. It had to be in the dark for a long period of time, because veneer is not changed by sun.

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Hello all,

New member here. I am glad to be accepted in this forum.
My story with B&O began a few weeks ago, when on a local flea market, I found a black Beolit 700 1505, in a somewhat sorry state. The vendor was not able to tell me if it was operational or not, ant let it go for 20 EUR. Cosmetically, some good points, like the antenna which was not broken, and some less good, rusty battery contacts, broken and lost volume and tone control, an overhaul brownish colour, as if it had been either in a kitchen or a smoker's home, although, no old smoke smell came out of it.
When I tried it, it made no sound at all. After a while, I realised this device design had the battery plus  connected to the ground. This let me better test it. I have disassembled the electronics, and separated it from the cabinet, which I could deal with separately.
On the electronics side, I was lucky enough to track down a failing component, one of the BF115 inside the sealed FM front-end. I replaced both transistors with close equivalent BF240 scavenged from a Grundig radio of the same age. And this revitalised the radio, both AM and FM have worked on my workbench.
 I used worked, because, after I re-assembled the electronics into the cabinet, with two nice redesigned, reprinted Volume and tone control, it does not work any more. Then, I realised I had not re-soldered one wire, a short black wire with a small bit of blue shrinking sleeve around it. It measures 95mm. I seem to remember it was connected to the loudspeaker, that there were 2 black wires soldered together, but I am not sure.
So I am here in front of you asking for help. Could someone advice me ? 

If it may help someone here is my contribution with the 3D models of the buttons and the bottom plate slides. 
https://a360.co/39z20dg

One last request, on the mechanical side... I seem to have difficulties with the threading of the tuning index. I understand the principle, it requires 3 turns for a full trip, so when at the middle point, there should be 1,5 turns in each directions. After a few failed attempts, I had to replace the cotton wire. I have measured the old one it seems to measure about 80cm but it needs to be more accurately cut. Again, here I need some help.

I am not going to make money with this radio. I like it, and it's a keeper for me!

So thank you for your attention, and maybe time and help!

Jean-Pierre (locked down in the French Riviera)

jaypeeds
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I am not sure about the difference between the Beolit 600 and 700, and am not even sure which model exactly is mine. The last button is marked AFC.
I noticed that the service manual of Beolit 600 is more detailed on some aspects. For example the length of the tuning three is documented 82cm, as well as the number of turns. So I don't need any help on the mechanical side any more.

JP 

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I am not sure about the difference between the Beolit 600 and 700, and am not even sure which model exactly is mine. The last button is marked AFC.
I noticed that the service manual of Beolit 600 is more detailed on some aspects. For example the length of the tuning three is documented 82cm, as well as the number of turns. So I don't need any help on the mechanical side any more.

JP 

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Is that plastic or wood veneer?

I have been trying to make a wood cover for my Beolit 12, and I am not sure if I can drill holes I. It after bending. On yours of course it is flat.

I’ll put my test pictures for fun Stick out tongue

jaypeeds
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I have a Beolit 700, because it's the marking on the top plate. As simple as this. I also made some progress : Somehow, once mounted inside the cabinet, the loudspeaker is connected with blue and black wires, that the black wire should also be connected to ground, and it's not ! I tried to connect a wire between the loudspeaker lug and the ground I I do get a loud distorted sound of some FM station.
So my issue is half resolved. At the very least I am confident nothing is severely broken.

JP 

jaypeeds
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I have a Beolit 700, because it's the marking on the top plate. As simple as this. I also made some progress : Somehow, once mounted inside the cabinet, the loudspeaker is connected with blue and black wires, that the black wire should also be connected to ground, and it's not ! I tried to connect a wire between the loudspeaker lug and the ground I I do get a loud distorted sound of some FM station.
So my issue is half resolved. At the very least I am confident nothing is severely broken.

JP 

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