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9. Posted 04-01-19
Since   restoring   my   Ditchburn   MK2R,   i   decided   that   if   another   early   Ditchburn   Jukebox   came   along   at   the   right   price   i would   look   at   buying   and   restoring   a   second   machine…   it   wasn’t   going   to   be   a   Jack   Hylton   MK1   as   we   know   there   is only   one   of   those   known   to   be   in   existence,   that   is   unless   a   miracle   was   to   happen   and   another   was   to   surface…   so   i was   set   looking   for   a   MK2   machine,   and   then   just   before   Christmas   a   MK2   machine   appeared   on   Ebay…   although   it had   a   few   visible   issues   …   in   all   it   was   still   all   original   and   seemed   mechanically   and   electrically   complete..   although the   Ebay   price   was   rather   high   for   its   condition   the   seller   was   open   to   offers,   so   i   did   some   rough   calculations   of   costs based   on   my   previous   restoration   and   also   what   other   items   would   be   needed   to   restore   this   to   a   working   machine, also   as   the   machine   was   currently   in   Devon   and   i   was   in   Lytham…   i   would   have   to   factor   in   the   cost   of   transportation as   well   …   after   working   everything   out,   i   contacted   the   seller   and   made   an   offer…      eventually   we   agreed   on   a   price that   was   acceptable   for   both   of   us,      The   seller   was   a   nice   chap   who   was   very   helpful   and      that   over   the   years   had bought   and   sold   a   few   Ditchburn’s   so   he   was   quite   familiar   with   them.   So   i   set   out   on   my   road   trip   and   drove   down   to Devon   to   bring   another   baby   back   home   to   Lytham,   When   i   arrived   the   seller   had   powered   the   Mech   up   to   show   me that   it   was   all   working   and   turning   over.   we   loaded   the   Cabinet   into   the   Hatchback   first   and   then   loaded   the   Mech   in last. this would be the safest way to transport the machine back to the place it was made.
So   i   started   my   journey   of   over   300   miles   back   home,   with   a   Ditchburn   Mk2   as   company.   as   i   mentioned   the   machine had a few known issues.. but these are fixable, and they are as follows…. 1, The back door is missing, i should be able to make an identical replacement from ply wood using photos i have. 2,   The   front   has   a   crack   in   the   bottom   perspex   directly   behind   the   Music   Maker   letters   ,   I   could   get   a   complete   new perspex   section   made   but   this   would   be   very   expensive,   the   alternative   will   be   to   cut   the   bottom   cracked   section   off and   replace   with   new   square   perspex   bottom   perhaps   using   a   strip   of   chrome   trim   to   cover   the   gap   between   old   and new sections  3,   The   selector   pushbutton   bezel   is   missing.   the   chances   of   finding   a   replacement   is   very   slim,   but   i   should   be   able   to get a reproduction one made and engraved in trafforlite. 4,   The   machine   has   been   converted   to   7”   45rpm   (   as   were   most   of   the   MK2   machines   in   existence   )   one   of   the   78   to 45 rpm adapter trays is missing,  so I’m on the lookout for a replacement. 5,   The   Acos   crystal   cartridge   was   in   a   bad   state   and   non   functional   (   i   have   a   working   similar   type   of   acos   cartridge that   i   can   modify   and   fit   if   required   )   but   i   would   rather   fit   the   original   HGP39-1   LP   if   i   can   source   a   working   unit   at   the right price. there   are   a   few   other   areas   that   need   a   strip   down   and   light   lubrication   and   some   paint   touch   up,   but   in   all   the Jukebox   is   in   excellent   condition   for   a   1948   machine.   on   a   plus   side   I   have   tested   the Amplifier   by   putting   it   into   in   my other   MK2R   Jukebox   and   it   works   fine   and   sounds   great,   but   i   will   get   it   serviced   by   Geoff Young   (   the   Jukeboxman   in Lincoln   )   as   the   capacitors   are   looking   a   bit   swollen   and   leaky   so   better   be   safe   and   get   it   recapped.   but   the   KT66s U52   and   B65   valves   all   look   good   and   more   importantly   sound   great.   I   will   add   the   restoration   of   this   machine   to   the website   (   that   reminds   me   i   must   upload   the   rest   of   my   MK2R   restoration   first   )   here   are   a   few   more   photos   of   this wonderful machine in its un restored state .