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WernerRes
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WernerRes posted on Wed, Jun 13 2018 1:30 PM

Hello,

I've had a Beocenter 5000 for a couple of years now and worked perfect for all that time (after an initial clean up by a B&O specialist). 

Since I moved to the UK 9 months ago I have been having issues with the record player: When pressing "phono" the arm moves to the record - needle goes down and locks in the groove but then you hear a click (like when you press stop button) and the arm returns to standard position only to click again and repeat this whole process. Same happens when you press "stop": arm returns back to standard position but then there's that click again and the arm returns back to the beginning of the record - goes down - lifts up again and goes back to standard position. 

I can only overcome this by doing the following: I press "phono" and immediately after press the "45" rpm button. Needle goes down, locks in the groove and all is good. I press 33 rpm and can enjoy my record. But same for stopping or ending a record, I have to switch it to 45 rpm before pressing stop or before the record finishes in order for the arm to lift, go back to standard position and for the record to stop spinning. 

I have returned it since to the specialist and when he tested it (in Belgium) all worked perfect. Brought it back to the UK, seemed to work for the first record and then just did exactly the same.

Does anybody have experience with this? Could it have something to do with the UK power net? The mains switch on the bottom is set to 220V. Have tried to switch this to 240V (UK is 230) but no difference. Uk power is 50Hz, same as Belgium. 

 

Thanks a lot!

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solderon29
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The functions are controlled by a solenoid,that makes a gear engage with the turntable boss.It seems that your's is sticking,so that the mechanism is continually cycling?

Also,there is a sliding mech that makes the gear engage with the boss when the arm reaches the centre.This may be sticking too?

If no work has been done on the unit,it is ready for a service at least,but you may need to find an Engineer local to you with B&O experience,to help.

Nick

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Dillen replied on Thu, Jun 14 2018 12:05 PM

What Nick just said.
And check for cracked solder joints at the controller board, particularly at plugs and connectors.

Martin

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Hi Nick,

Thanks for your advise. I brought it in for service when I took it back to Belgium last month but if he looked into detail to those parts I don't know as it worked fine when he tried it.

Yes, if I just leave it, it just puts the needle down - picks it up - returns to standard position - return to record - needle down - up again - and so on. But it doesn't do this when you switch it to 45 (maybe because then there's enough power to release the sliding mech or the solenoid? I am good at mechanics and very handy with DIY stuff but not very good with electronics. Should I leave this job to an Engineer? If it's just a matter of opening and cleaning/repairing parts I am more than happy to do this myself. But if it would require electrical repairs I'm not very good at that.. 

I live in Uppingham (Rutland), any Engineer you could recommend?

Werner

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Hi Martin,

Thanks for your advise. See my reply to Nick for some more questions.

Werner

solderon29
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This seems like a mechanical problem,and as an Engineer you may indeed see something awry in the mechanism.

What we love about the old B&O equipment is not only the build quality and innovation employed,but also the fact that it was designed to be repaired if necessary.

The unit dismantles logically,and access is good to the record player mechanism,but you will need to see the service manual for more info.

Why not upgrade your membership to gain access to the manual library?Once you have repaired and used a piece of B&O you will want some more!!!

Regards,

NIck

WernerRes
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Okay I will give it a go this weekend. Thanks! If I'm not able to fix it, do you know any B&O technicians / engineers in my area (East Midlands)

Cheers,

W

solderon29
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I'm too far away from you,but there must be someone in your area.

Is there a B&O dealer anywhere near you?They may have a techie on board,or could recommend someone?

Nick

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