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sharkyfreeman
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AR ES-1 Cracked thrust bearing !! *&)%^&$

Can I find a bearing somewhere?
I just brought my AR ES1 turntable out of storage and was setting it up for the first time in over ten years.
I just finished working on it after nearly 6 hours, staying up late and until over-tired. Sweated every detail; the cabinetry, belt cleaning, agonized over the cartridge alignment, cleaned and replaced the oil in the bearing.
DROPPED the ball bearing down the tube. (Had a bad feeling about it at the time.)
During first test, I heard a subtle intermittent ticking from the platter. Sure enough, I shined a light down the bearing tube and I can see the impact point and spider cracks in the sapphire crystal.
ANY IDEAS would be greatly appreciated.
I feel terrible.

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Re: AR ES-1 Cracked thrust bearing !! *&)%^&$

Ouch. What a dreadful way to end the day.

I don't know where to get a replacement other than to contact the manufacturer and/or distributor.

Good luck!

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Re: AR ES-1 Cracked thrust bearing !! *&)%^&$

Thanks, ELK, for the moral support.
I checked out AR online last night, right after the mishap. It seems that AR is now in the "Audiovox" family of companies. I will call, but I'm not hopeful that anyone there speaks other than boom box.
Perhaps my watch repair person can find or fabricate a watch crystal that I can seat at the bottom. It will raise the platter a few mm, but the AR should handle that OK. A longshot, perhaps, but I thinks that's all I may have.
Please reply if any good ideas come to you.
Thanks again. Mike

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Re: AR ES-1 Cracked thrust bearing !! *&)%^&$

There are some very knowledgeable vinyl people here - perhaps you will get some help after the week starts and there is more activity on the forum.

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Re: AR ES-1 Cracked thrust bearing !! *&)%^&$

Check out the Vinyl Engine website and I guess if you cannot find anything there...then it is back to the valium...I will attach a link to the forum which is for AR eclusively, and please note I think you might have to join (but if so then that is easy) and the site itself (www.vinylengine.com) is very user friendly indeed.

http://www.vinylengine.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=34&sid=6d31b8c6065ced60254ca609c1dbc790

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