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    • #48364
      simong_uk
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      Hi guys

      I’m considering buying a Seeburg D-3WA wallbox and converting to MP3.

      Please can anyone give any tips on how to enable freeplay on these units ?

      Many thanks 😊

      • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Klaatu.
    • #48365
      Scudie
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      Hi Simong_

      Either wire a monetary push switch to one on the coin switches probably best to use the quarter switch, so when pressed it will give 6 credits which will allow 3 selections to be made.

      Or you could register credits using the coin switch then disable the subtract credit solenoid so it will always stay in credit.

      Hope this helps.

      Scudie

    • #48368
      simong_uk
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      Thanks Scudie

      I bought the box in the end – I paid over the odds for it, but it’s in almost perfect condition 😁

      So far, everything seems to be working well mechanically and the good news is that it appears to already be configured for free play 😊👍

      Now I just need to find stock of some 1.5 boards to do the conversion

       

       

    • #48374
      Scudie
      Participant

      Wow that was quick, not sure what over the odds is for a 3wa but if it is in almost perfect condition I would think it’s worth paying that little bit more.

      I have seen restored   re chromed ones advertised in the states for around $1000 plus shipping a tax, & remember when items like this arrive in England you would probably have to pay an import tax & VAT on the total amount inc the shipping charge.

      Chrome plating is very expensive and not guaranteed to turn out well, and I can guarantee you that when it doesn’t it’s very disappointing.

      Can you see how the 3wa has been converted to free play ?

      Enjoy it, any pictures?

      Cheers Scudie

       

    • #48375
      simong_uk
      Participant

      Hi Scudie

      I bought from a local UK source 😊

      I paid £500 including next day delivery

      It looks like it’s been owned by an individual since 2004 and has service stamps from that year by a London based Juke Box specialist company as it has service stickers inside from that year.

      The only odd thing with it was that it had been modified with a wire soldered (visible in photo)<span style=”-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);”> t</span>o prevent the last two title pages being turned and the related buttons had bolts behind them to prevent them being pressed. However, I believe this is normal I’d the unit had been connected to a jukebox with only 160 track selections. I’ve removed the bolts and wire.

      I can’t see any obvious modifications for freeplay.

      Cheers, Simon



      • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by simong_uk.
    • #48378
      Scudie
      Participant

      Nice wallbox that!

      If you take into account that the price you paid included next day delivery I guess that cost the vendor in excess of £60 I don’t think you paid over the odds for it, yes you could have waited and probably bought one for £300 to £350  but it may not have been as pretty as that looks.

      Cheers Scudie

       

       

    • #48664
      simong_uk
      Participant

      Hi Guys 🙂

      I’ve just completed the conversion of this box and everything was working perfectly.

      However, when my wife selected a track earlier both the letter and number buttons are stuck in and I can’t seem to release them. I’ve tried gently pressing on other buttons but to no avail as they seem well and truly stuck.

      Is there something simple I can check or do to release the buttons ?

      Many thanks

    • #48665
      bobwiley
      Participant

      The latch bar on the right of the buttons does the releasing. Lift up and the buttons should pop up. The process of adjusting the release of the buttons is in the manual. Not that difficult to do if it keeps hanging up. Also, u got a great wallbox there!

    • #48666
      Scudie
      Participant

      Hi Simong

      As it’s the same motor that turns the wiper arm that also releases the selection button mechanism, I would think that for some reason the wiper arm motor has maybe stopped part way through its cycle hence the buttons remaining in the pressed position.

      Cheers Scudie

    • #48667
      simong_uk
      Participant

      Thanks Skudie

      the wiper arm had stopped too early, so manually turning it to its stop position released the buttons 👍

      Selecting another track had the same issue and it seemed to be binding, so I’ve applied a small amount of sewing machine oil to the gears and that seems to have sorted it 😀

      Thanks for the advice

    • #48668
      Scudie
      Participant

      It’s a good idea to clean & lube any part of the mechanism that may be gummed up with dried out grease and dirt. Behind the large brass gear on the motor is a sprung loaded plunger that is prone to sticking, probably a motor off job to do though.

      Cheers Scudie

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