Dual 1219

This had been stored for a few years prior to coming my way
Arm actuation was a little jerky and the auto return was not functioning

After a clean, lube and some minor adjustments, I managed to get all the mechanisms (including the stacker bar) working perfectly.


Some relatively minor scuffs on the dust cover polished out simply enough


And the original Dual CK 20 plinth just needed a thorough clean and polish


This has now replaced the Thorens TD-160 as my second deck, principally due to the fact that it's fully automatic
I also have a number of cartridge sleds all shod with a variety of reasonably decent but sonically different carts
Unlike the fixed head Linn/Ittok, it's a 30 second task swapping carts allowing plenty of rotation

It now sits proudly alongside the Sondek and is the table of choice for general, background listening
The auto cue and shut off being a big bonus - I never touch the arm and it doesn't matter if I forget when the side is at an end

These fully auto units truly are a mechanical work of art!

I didn't believe I'd ever be going back to a fully auto unit again - Never say never eh!


UPDATES: Some mods and servicing actions delivered along the way

After plenty of use, the motor became a little nosiy, needing a strip down & lube which is captured HERE
This then led to a recommendation to mass load the platter which is also referenced in this thread

It also suffered from intermittent channel drop out which was eventually pinned down to perished tonearm wires
There's some background and plenty of pics of the tonearm re-wiring that followed HERE

I also built a simple jig for assisting in cartridge alignment which is a bit of a pain with this arm - Details HERE

Finally - after similar success on the Sondek, it got treated to a new cable of which there are some details HERE


Created by Mail To: davey_w@hotmail.co.uk: October 2011 (Updated May 2017)