Gears, bearings, shafts, and other moving parts of antique phonographs need to be greased at least once a year. Proper lubrication is essential to keep the motor running, gears working, and music playing  especially on often-used machines. Chatelaine's Antiques Collectibles Appraisals

 

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OILING OLD PHONOGRAPHS
 
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Gears, bearings, shafts, and other moving parts of antique phonographs need to be greased at least once a year. Proper lubrication is essential to keep the motor running, gears working, and music playing especially on often-used machines.

Some old Victor machines came with a small paper label that provided lubrication instructions.

What do you do if your phonograph doesn't come with directions:

  • Use a small stiff-bristled brush to spread petroleum jelly on the gear teeth.
  • Apply small amounts of light oil to shafts, bearings, and motor housing any place where metal rubs against metal.
  • If needed, wipe areas where oil has dripped onto the casing.


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