So, yeah, M loves gramophones but does not necessarily want to pay full price for one in pristine condition that actually, you know, works. Well, a little while ago he bought a lovely little tabletop model from a yard sale in White Rock for $40. Did it work? Of course not. The spring, aka the motor (how’s that for analogue?), was broken. In this case you have two options: a) hand it over to a qualified gramophone repair person who will do the job right and charge you $150 or b) repair the spring yourself and risk being decapitated/severing your fingers if the spring, which has super sharp edges, decides to, well, spring (I’m not making this up – every site M checked said: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS YOURSELF).
As Caesar said, “Veni, vidi, vici.” In other words, M tried and succeeded, head and fingers intact. If anyone out there aspires to fix a gramophone spring, watch these videos: