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What is the PS-F5 & PS-F9 Cartridge? (It’s not P-Mount)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Well, having wondered for a while about the type of cartridge used, I had read somewhere that it was a P-Mount (also known as T4P), which was a standard mount used by Technics and other Japanese manufacturers on some of their turntables in the 80s. I’m now certain it’s something else.

I saw this UK eBay listing for a P-Mount with a decent photo:

This is what a VL-44G cartridge from a PS-F5 turntable looks like (with stylus installed):

The difference is plain to see

So the question remains, is there another Audio Technica model number that these cartridges go by? That would surely help in tracking down replacement/ upgrade cartridges. The quest continues…

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Retr0Bright – De-yellow your Sony?

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

After the question posed by A.R. on this post, and my request for a “magical chemical solution” he did some amazing detective work and found a possible solution to the yellowing problem that many Sony PS-F5s and PS-F9s exhibit in their old age. This is mainly brought on by exposure to Ultra Violet radiation which reacts with chemicals in the ABS plastic of the case.

Some vintage gadget enthusiasts have come up with a home-brew chemical gel that can be applied to yellowed plastic which restores it to its original colour. This wonderful sounding product’s called Retr0bright.

“We have now proved on several forums that plastics yellowing can be completely reversed in hours without damage using our mixture.”

There are a number of recipes on their Wiki. Thankfully all of the chemicals involved are easily obtainable (at least here in the UK) and all are safe apart from Hydrogen Peroxide, which is the main ingredient in hair bleach and is to be treated with respect. Be sure to wear gloves and goggles and work in a well ventilated room.

I was initially concerned about any chemical solution affecting the printing on the case, but then I saw this Lego piece in the Retr0Bright gallery, which is painted. The paint appears unaffected by the process:

Although the Problems and Pitfalls page on the site does show some examples of label fade, the printing on the PS-F5 is generally of good quality with a heavy black ink, so hopefully this won’t be too much of an issue, especially if the Sony’s not too yellowed, and therefore doesn’t require many applications.

There are other examples in the gallery with stickers and paint too, all of which suggest that it should be safe. Something I’m not sure about is whether the smoked transparent plastic on the front of the case would need to be removed prior to applying the gel. Maybe masking would be safest, attempting to remove the glued in smoked panel may cause breakage.

I’d like to give this a try, but would really appreciate it if anyone out there has a spare case (or piece of case, ideally one with some printing) for their PS-F5 that they’re willing to experiment on and report back to the site so I can let everyone know for sure that this works on our Sonys and is safe.

“There were an incredible number of people at first that said this was impossible – that was until they saw the pictures, then tried it and proved it for themselves. The usual reaction was ‘No way!’ then ‘WOW!!’.

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Minty Sony PS-F9 for sale on U.S. eBay

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

This looks very nice, but you’re going to need deep pockets to get this one. It’s already over US$500 with 3 days to run!eBay LinkUpdate: It sold for US$910!

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PS-F5 and PS-F9 Stylus Review

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

OEM Replacement Stylus for Sony PS-F5 / PS-F9

Need a new or better stylus for your Sony PS-F5 or PS-F9? Patrick Radzewitz has researched the options and written up his findings which are now available on the new Styli Page. Thanks Patrick!

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Sony PS-F9 for sale on US eBay

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Doesn’t seem to be working, but seems a reasonable price if you’ve got the skills and want to take the chance that you can get it going.

Sony PS-F9 Linear Tracking Portable Turntable Vintage – eBay (item 270529575845 end time Mar-12-10 13:15:07 PST).

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USB Power Cable

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

USB Power Lead

Someone in Canada is currently selling a power lead for the PS-F5 and PS-F9 which plugs into any USB port.

They do a 3.5′ white version with Apple branded USB plug, and a black generic version @ 10′. Both sell for the same price of $14.99 plus shipping of $4.99 inside the U.S.

As of September 2010 the seller hasn’t had them for a while, but this link will show you what PS-F5 related stuff they’re currently selling.

USB Power Lead.

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