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-----Original Message-----
From: Ed
Sent: 28 August 2010
To: jim@percussionclinic.com
Subject: Vibraphone Motor Replacement
Jim, I'm a 70-year-old retiree who is once again playing the vibes after a 40 plus year hiatus. I still have my original Jenco, 3 octave with a three position motor. I am playing in a local band, mostly in senior homes and a local bar and having a ball. But my motor died the other day, actually it broke mechanically and can't be repaired. Do you have or know where to get motors? It's a three-speed motor but I'd take a one speed motor, any motor.

Cheers, Ed


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Hi Ed
Well I don't have specific motor info for you unfortunately... if you want to do the job as simply as possible then it is a matter of removing the motor, checking out the vital specifications, then trying to track down a replacement as close to it as possible. This can often be done with a bit of patient searching on google. Outside of that you could try going the route I did with the PV vibes which is to use a battery operated small DC gearhead motor - one with a geared head on it to give it less speed but more torque. Something I also suggest to people if they want to rig an AC motor from scratch, is to try finding an old turntable - record player. These motors are usually small and quiet and run on mains electricity - basically the main requirements. Then it is just a matter of gearing the speeds together correctly - some will even have some speed control built in - or you can usually create speed control simply if you like with some resistors or other basic circuit.

Hope this helps some Ed - good luck!

Jim McCarthy

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