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  • #43896

    scudie
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    Have built a Seeburg Sc1 with all the workings transformer etc including the wb2mp3 board inside it.
    The wallbox that I bought was missing its credit unit so I had to figure a way of putting it in free play with out the credit unit.
    I have also found a way of utilising the three volume control buttons on the front of the machine if any one is interested on doing this on there own Seeburg Sc1-4 I can help with a description / diagram of how these were done.

    #43910

    Klaatu
    Moderator

    Hello,

    Let us know how you did it for the volume buttons.

    I did it too but with a cdadapter, and though it was possible with the wallbox2mp3 because only one ground channel…

    #43913

    scudie
    Participant

    Hello , Bonsoir

    Yes you are correct the Seeburg consolettes use a common ground for both speakers, & this is not allowed with the wb2mp3 unit as the speaker grounds / negatives have to be kept separate.

    I will post an explanation with photo’s during the weekend, my photos of this are on my phone which is  not currently available.

    Cheers Scudie

    #43915

    Klaatu
    Moderator

    Curious to see your solution. I have another Seeburg SC1 to convert.

    #43918

    scudie
    Participant

    This is how I achieved working volume control buttons on a Seeburg SC 1-4 wallbox.
    First of all this description is for models that have a speaker relay located behind the volume switches, the SCH models that take half dollar coins are slightly different and are not covered in this description. (They can be done)
    First remove the screws that secure the switch unit and the single screw that secures the relay, the relay screw is accessed from the underside.
    Then identify the two wires that Connect the switch unit to the relay these are normally green with a white trace and yellow with a white trace but can also be white with a green trace and white with a yellow trace.
    For ease of access I un solder these two wires after noting their positions on the relay.
    Take note of the speaker wire positions and disconnect the four speaker wires then loosen the screw on the large terminal block that is marked GRY there should be three wires, they are normally grey but could be white with a grey trace.
    You should now have the volume switch completely free, on the underside of the volume switch you will see three pairs of resistors, The 2 ten ohm resistors (brown two black and grey/ silver stripe) are located at the low button end of the board these two resistors are connected to a common terminal which will also have a single grey or white and grey wire connected to it.
    The 2 Ten ohm resistors have a brown two black and a silver stripe on them, if you hold the board lengthways with these two resistors closest to you there should be a yellow speaker wire on the left and the green speaker wire on the right.
    You need to separate the 2 ten home resistors, I cut the left hand resistor as close to the soldered central connection as possible then solder a new length of wire to the free leg of the resistor, insulate it and then put a blob of glue (hot glue gun) to bridge the gap to the board to give it some stability.
    Now remove the board from the mechanical section of the switch and clean all the terminals and there associated sliding contacts, these are on the opposite side of the board to the resistors.
    Reassemble the cleaned and modified volume switch.
    Now back to the three ground wires that were disconnected from the terminal block one will go to the right-hand speaker ground, one will be connected to the United modified ten ohm resistor, the third will go to the left-hand speaker ground.
    The left-hand speaker ground wire needs to be separated from the other two and then paired with the new wire that was soldered to the left hand ten ohm resistor.
    As there is insufficient space on the main terminal block for left hand speaker ground wire and its new 10 ohm resistor wire, I use the redundant coin switch terminal block this will have three wires which I remove and insulate, one red, one brown, one orange, that come from the coin switch, once removed the terminal block can be used for the left hand speaker ground.
    Before re-fitting the components it’s worth taking the time to clean the contacts of the speaker relay, once cleaned I fit a small cable tie around the relay to hold the contracts permanently closed.
    Once you have reassembled and reconnected the switch unit and the relay, including there associated wires the speaker wires from the wb2mp3 unit can be connected to their respective terminals on the two terminal blocks.

    Hope this helps Cheers Scudie.

     

    #43919

    scudie
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    #43920

    scudie
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    #43921

    scudie
    Participant

    The first photo is of a un modified volume switch the second one shows the ten ohm resistors separated and with the new wire connected (brown)

    Cheers Scudie

    #44037

    Klaatu
    Moderator

    Great more difficult to explain than to do it 😉

    Will try some day, if I redo a Seeburg SC1.

    #44038

    scudie
    Participant

    Yes you a right it is quicker to remove the switch unit, convert it & clean all the contacts than it is to type out a description of how to do it. Especially if you type like me rather steadily. I have also  done one SCH machine these differ slightly because the speaker  wires go through the credit unit & have no speaker relay. They have a 15 pin connector for the credit unit plug apposed to the normal 12.   Again the credit unit had been removed to make space for an LED control unit and remote sensor. I think they routed the speaker wiring like this  to stop people listening to selections made by other people. Will have to take the cover off of it and take a look how I wired it, the mod on the resistor board is the same.

    Cheers Scudie

     

    #45955

    Sooner
    Participant

    Scudie – Thanks for posting this. I figured out what you’ve done and plan on using it when my emulator arrives. I’m curious how you wired the speakers from the wallbox2mp3 . Did they go through the relay or directly to the speakers/volume button mechanism.

    #45956

    scudie
    Participant

    Hello Sooner

    I guess you could bypass the volume control relay, I have normally cleaned the contacts of the relay then placed a small tie wrap around it so that the contacts are held in the closed position & disconnected the power to stop the relay energising so that it can’t overheat.

    #45958

    Sooner
    Participant

    Here are a couple of photos of how I set mine up to bypass the relay and use the volume control buttons. The first photo shows I basically did the same thing as scudie. I separated the 10 ohm resistor and attached a wire to the end. Instead of taking the grey wires back to the terminal block I took them straight to the speakers. I don’t have my wallbaox2mp3 unit yet so I tested it with my iPod. The second photo shows the connections points coming from the iPod. The positive goes to the top terminal on the right hand side of the volume control unit and the negative goes to the speaker.

    Thanks again scudie for the tip!

    #45964

    Sooner
    Participant

    Scudie – I received my emulator and tested it out today. First I should note that the photo above is incorrect. I had to reverse the grey wires to get it to work. The revised wiring is shown below. It works well using my iPod but with the emulator there is distortion on the Low and Medium settings. It’s particularly noticeable on the Low setting. Do you notice any distortion on yours with the Low setting?  Also can you please explain how you have the positive side of the speakers are connected?

    Thanks,

    Steve

    #45969

    scudie
    Participant

    Hello Steve

    Yes the distortion that you mention is a known problem, there are several posts on the forum that talk of  a humming / buzzing from the left speaker,  some of the posts are in English and others if French.

    I have been told that Fabien is currently looking into this issue with a view to eradicating it.

    I am not 100% sure what you mean by How I have the speaker + connected, all I can tell you is that both audio output positives from the wb2mp3  board connect to the large terminal block using the connections marked YEL & GRN

    Hope this helps Scudie

     

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    #45971

    Sooner
    Participant

    Yes that helps. I didn’t see any directions in the manual for how to hook the speakers up. I actually have two noise issues. The low level buzzing occurs on both speakers but is only noticeable when the volume control on the Wallbox2mp3 unit is very low.

    The other issue is distortion that occurs when I set the Seeburg volume to low using the push button mechanism. I think I have the modification to the mechanism done similar to what you did so I’m wondering if you notice distortion when you set your volume button on low.

    I also notice when mine is set on low the sound becomes mono instead of stereo so I suspect there is still some connection between speaker grounds. The same thing happens on the medium volume setting but to a lesser degree.

    #45973

    scudie
    Participant

    Hi again

    I have not noticed any noticeable level of distortion of sound quality, in any of the volume switch position settings, with the three buttons level ie non pressed in, I get a very low volume level, with the low button depressed the volume rises ,with med button depressed a little louder, and the highest volume achieved with the high button pressed. The rise in volume for each stage is quite subtle.

    I was wondering if you had cleaned the electrical contact surfaces of the volume switch components while you were modifying the resistor section? Or do you have a damaged speaker cone?

    Cheers Scudie

     

    #45974

    Sooner
    Participant

    My speakers are good. There’s no distortion on the high setting and it’s not really noticeable on the medium setting. I didn’t clean the contact surface because they looked good. I can try that but don’t think it will help.

    From your post I think I had mine set up like yours in the first photo I posted. I think I have mine reversed from what you did but not positive. I do get a modest volume change between the 3 buttons but the distortion is noticeable on the low setting. Also I tried it with a music file that only had music on ones speaker. It played fine on High but on medium and low settings there was sound coming from both speakers. I’m pretty sure there is still some connection between the two speaker grounds on the low and medium settings. I plan on trying to get a schematic for the volume control and see if I can figure out what’s going on.  I tried to draw the schematic myself but can figure out exactly what the switches are doing without taking it completely apart. You might listen again closely and see if you get distortion on the low setting and see if it becomes mono instead of stereo.

    I got your emails from wallbox2mp3.com. I can’t reply to them so I’m replying here. Didn’t realize you worked for them.

    #45975

    Sooner
    Participant

    Here are some video clips.

    This is the buzzing that I get on both speaker when the emulator volume is low. https://youtu.be/KSYTuM4OjV4

    This is the distortion when the volume button on the Seeburg is on low.  It’s not as evident in the video as in real life but if you listen closely you can hear it. It also plays in mono instead of stereo on the low setting (and somewhere in between on the medium setting) but you can’t tell that from the video of course. https://youtu.be/1PXzhC3sN4A

    #45976

    Sooner
    Participant

    Looks like the copyright police blocked the second video. Here’s another. I’m switching between the high and low volume buttons. The change in volume and distortion are more noticeable in person but you get the idea.

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