I bought this some months ago with a view to restoring it. I was relaxing in the south of France and just looking through some old hi-fi on eBay, this one caught my eye as it was not far from where I live in the uk and it was going very cheap. Supposedly fully working except for needing a cartridge. Normally that wouldn’t be much of a problem, but in the case of B&O only the original cartridge will fit and with it being ‘vintage’ there are no new ones available. So after a quick internet search I found a few companies that refurbish the damaged cartridge, not a cheap service but the only option if I wanted to bring this lovely old music centre back to life.
On further investigation I found that the tuner worked perfectly but the tape deck didn’t work at all. So after stripping it down and removing the tape mechanism I soon discovered that all the drive belts had degenerated to something resembling liquorish. Not a problem as a belt kit was soon ordered up from Germany. It’s great that parts are still available considering the age of it. A few years ago I was able to order a set of rubbers for a B&O turntable, a very specific part, nothing else would do, yet they were still available.
So as time goes by I’ll update this post with progress on the refurb, but for now a couple of photos –
A photo below of the awful state of the main drive belt, it had melted onto the flywheel!
All belts now replaced, everything on the tape mechanism either cleaned or lubricated.