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#348267 - 05/15/11 10:56 PM Tuner out of alignment or what??
Ichigo_Kurosaki Offline
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Hi guys! Just got my stereo tuner and it seems to me that is out of alignment. I am not getting too many stations tuned but one I got was supposed to be 89.5 but the tuner reads out 78.5 I guess. There is a huge difference on the numbers. Is it possible?
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#348286 - 05/16/11 09:57 AM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: Ichigo_Kurosaki]
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I remember back in the 50's and 60's if you had said this, I would have said, "It must of been made in Japan." grin

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#348287 - 05/16/11 10:00 AM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: CatBrat]
J. B. Offline
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i would have said the string that moves the needle is slipping on the pulley. simple to adjust...
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#348294 - 05/16/11 10:32 AM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: Ichigo_Kurosaki]
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Ichigo,

How "vintage" is your Marantz tuner? Is it an analog model, with manual tuning? Is it vacuum-tube or solid-state? And if solid-state, does it have a digital readout with pre-sets?

If it has a manual tuner with a horizontal tuning dial and manual pointer, then J. Bellemare is correct. The pulley may be slipping and the pointer has become dislodged.

If it's a vacuum-tube model, then tubes drift all the time and deteriorate, and it wouldn't be worth having it realigned unless you simply like the idea of a retro analog tuner.

In theory, digital tuners should not go out of alignment, although I owned one in the early 1980s that did malfunction.

One other factor: the FM band in Japan is different than in North America, but such a degree of error that you cite would not occur.

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#348296 - 05/16/11 10:39 AM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: alan]
J. B. Offline
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Quote: "In theory, digital tuners should not go out of alignment, although I owned one in the early 1980s that did malfunction."

i used to have a very good tuner: Technics ST-G7, and it happened one time i phoned the CBC to tell them their FM transmitter was slowly slipping off frequency.
they asked "how do you know that?"
i said: my tuner is a Technics STG7.
they said: ah, ok.
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#348306 - 05/16/11 12:01 PM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: J. B.]
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Ha, ha. Doesn't surprise me. I remember the Technics ST-G7. Many of the Technics products were first-rate (not their loudspeakers) and I owned several myself over the years.

It's too bad that the parent company (Matsushita, now Panasonic) discontinued the Technics line.

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#348308 - 05/16/11 12:02 PM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: alan]
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That's awesome.
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#348309 - 05/16/11 12:06 PM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: Ken.C]
J. B. Offline
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"awesome"

talking about me? thanks. ;-)


Edited by J. Bellemare (05/16/11 12:07 PM)
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#348310 - 05/16/11 12:07 PM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: J. B.]
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Yeah!
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#348339 - 05/16/11 07:41 PM Re: Tuner out of alignment or what?? [Re: Ken.C]
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That was a good story! I agree, Ken--awesome.

Thanks, J.
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