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Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8848Post Hi-Fi-Mogul »

I have an acquaintance whose changer was damaged,
and I cannot repair it.

So, he's looking for one of these.

Budget including shipping: around $90.

The changer must not be completely
frozen, so we know cycling and idler
functions work.

Cartridge to be functional, hopefully.
His EV-26 is toast.

Not concerned about needing new idler,
drive wheel, or stylus.
He knows those parts are usually replaced.

Send me a PM if you got one you'd like to sell.
Thanks !!
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8849Post electra225 »

What parts do you need, Mr. Mogul? I have one that is largely picked over. No tone arm or cartridge. Most of the mechanicals, motor, wheels, that kind of thing are still there. You could have it for shipping if it would help. If you are interested, I will try to dig it out of my upstairs storage and get you some pictures. I bought it as a good changer, it aggravated me, so I parted it. Its main claim to fame for me was its good EV 132 cartridge.
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8852Post Hi-Fi-Mogul »

Hello Greg,
Thank you for the offer !

The speed selector mech is completely
damaged somehow.

The tonearm wiring is trashed.

The idler wheel will not move to contact
the motor stepped speed cam.

And other problems.

I spent hours freeing up the sub plate
assembly and cycling parts.

That now works, but it's nil, since the
idler and speed controls are not
going to work.

At this point, I need a complete changer that
is unmolested.
I don't mind the cleaning, but trying to Kreskin
the other damage is over for me.
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8858Post electra225 »

This changer worked. I bought it from a kid on ARF who used to be really active until people figured out he was only 15 years old and after he took several members of ARF for money and didn't deliver the goods. This one came out of an Astro-Sonic, so the trim is not correct for a tube model. That was my first issue. Then it would misbehave by not setting the tone arm down right. I know now that it just needed the touch that they all need. My Symphony had a wonky tone arm, so I used the tone arm on it. I saved the cartridge for my Imperial that needs a cartridge. I'll take some pictures to see if some of the parts I have will work for you. Do you believe you could fix the one you have if you had parts? Do you know what parts you need? I have a complete changer for my little Contemporary that needs a changer. It has an EV 132 and was a good, operating changer when I put it in storage. I don't know if it still works or not, so I'm hesitant to sell it to you for fear it might not. Let me know if some of this will help you. I know you are competent working on changers, so it would be cheaper to fix that one if you could. The Collaro changers are the BIG money on ebay, as you probably are already aware...... ;) :shock: :roll:

You likely won't find on on the 'bay for $90 including shipping..... :shock:

One of my Magnavox stereos (I don't remember which one) would do that. It seemed like the control didn't have anything to do with the motor. I found that someone had removed the arm that goes from the control to the motor, rotated the control 180 degrees, then connected the arm. Being backwards made it work backwards. Turning it to "on" would pull the drive tire away from the motor. I finally reversed the arm like it should be and it worked. I'm sure you've checked this, but figured I'd mention it.

This may be a tad off-topic, so I apologize in advance. Looking at the picture you posted of the changer reminds me of that capacitor they put across the switch on the changer. Its job is to prevent a pop in the audio when the changer turns on or off. I have found those damaged or defective so they are worth checking while the changer is in for service.
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8863Post Hi-Fi-Mogul »

Hi Greg,
The extra amount of labor for removing
the damaged parts and rewiring the tonearm,
at this point is not worth any more of my time.
I've spent 8-10 hours back and forth with
dis-assemble, clean, test, dis-assemble,
and on and on.

Now it's a point of real diminishing
returns. You know what I mean.

I'm doing this as a trade of skills in kind,
so I'd rather have an S600 that is ready,
except for sub plate removal, cleaning
and a few parts' replacement.

Again, thanks for your generous offer.

There are some S600s w/in budget
on e pay, that I told the owner about.
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Post: # 8869Post electra225 »

Sorry I couldn't help. Sometimes you need to cut your losses and move on. I hope you can find a changer and get it sorted like you want. Good luck.
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8953Post Motorola minion »

I have enough of these to spare, an have a good extra or two.
I hope you're no too far away but the budget is fair.
Which model is this going into?
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8961Post Hi-Fi-Mogul »

Hello Dave,
I don't have the model # yet.
I sent you a PM w/some info.

Here's the W621 changer with its 3 wire Molex
AC to motor connector.

Thanks !
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8962Post Hi-Fi-Mogul »

The owner says the model # is FT-659A.

I asked him if it was tube, and he said yes.

He has some ephemera that is dated 1963,
possibly a bill of sale or service.

He does not use a computer, just a cell phone,
and does not know how to send me a photo of the
console.
I didn't press him on it, not worth a conflict.
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 8963Post electra225 »

Maybe a model 1ST659? I think that someone on this forum has one of those, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe a 1962 or '63 model. I think that model was built in both years.
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 9132Post Motorola minion »

I do have the 1ST659 and a 1ST622, both dated August 1962 and similarly equipped;

9300 amp - 79-10 tuner - MPX 70-02 - W600 changers with EV-150 cartridge

The Micromatic for the 1ST659 was marked "Imperial" the other is not. Odd?
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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

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Motorola minion wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 11:04 am I do have the 1ST659 and a 1ST622, both dated August 1962 and similarly equipped;

9300 amp - 79-10 tuner - MPX 70-02 - W600 changers with EV-150 cartridge
The Micromatic for the 1ST659 was marked "Imperial" the other is not. Odd?
Dave,
Did you ever see my PM about purchasing the changer ?

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Re: Magnavox Micromatic Changer S600/ W600

Post: # 9157Post Motorola minion »

PM sent.
The changer I'm offering has all the parts you need, including an EV26 cart. It will need a few items (like a spindle) to be complete but Ill make sure its 100% on the motor-speed control and tonearm/wiring. So sorry that other one is such a bear, but some get excessively worn, leading to extreme abuse occasionally.

You could transplant the "Imperial" parts so its correct, otherwise its a 1962 Micromatic with the AMPlok connector.
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