Michaela – Ultra 6018
I bought these two things on eBay from a seller in Seaford, East Sussex. They were sold for spares and parts only. They were cosmetically in near perfect condition apart with a few blemishes due to age, considering that they needed a full overhaul and restoration because they were not working accurately. This was probably why they were only sold for spares and parts? However, when I did a google search for record player restorations, I discovered “Restore Galore”, which is a place for sending old record players, speakers and maybe radiograms? The place is based somewhere outside of York town in Yorkshire. I am from South East London and live in a town called Forest Hill in Lewisham. I packed the items and posted them to Darren at “Restore Galore” who appears to be an expert restoring, servicing and reconditioning these items. Where else would you find people of that kind? So, when he looked at the record player and speaker, it was discovered that there was too much grease under the platter, notably known as a turntable, which had to be removed and cleaned; it also meant that the whole unit had to be removed for a complete overhaul. This also explained why the arm would not return back to its rest because of that. The operations of the platter work in conjunction with the arm too? Darren also discovered that someone tried installing another speaker inside the unit; he made necessary corrections professionally. Some of the parts including capacitors had to be replaced. The amplifier speaker, which accompanies the record player for stereophonic sound was also serviced and overhauled. When I received these items I could not believe my eyes thinking how professionally this guy, Darren has done!!! I was so amazed looking at these two and that they looked almost like new. The mains light on the record player was working and restored in full working condition!!! Whoever reads this piece I highly recommend “Restore Galore” because wherever would you find people like Darren who specialises with these masterpieces!!!
Michaela - Ultra 6018