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  1. Many thanks. Were did you find it, it's not showing on any of the online lists I normally use. Thanks. Paul
  2. Lighter fuel if based on Naphtha does not affect Shellac, IPA on the other hand does. I looked at some of the common watch cleaning fluids and most of the common ones seem to be a mix of Naphtha and Mineral Spirits with a few other additives. I tried just Naphtha & Mineral Spirits but was unimpressed with the results, the additional ingredients were obviously very important. I have just gone over to Elna Red and was astonished how good it was compared to just Naphtha & Mineral Spirit. It's supplied as a concentrate for under £30 which makes up 10Ltres when mixed. It's mixed with water rather than spirit but don't panic about rust, as long as you don't leave it in the solution for a few days nothing is affected, after all they recommend a cleaning time of 15 minutes so no time for oxidation if it was to affect anything, which it does not. After cleaning it's rinsed in a bath of water, then IPA (Avoiding the Shellac parts) Give it a try. Paul
  3. Hi all Just finished a service on a Citizen 8200 which I understand uses a Miyota movement. Anyone know what the correct lift angle is for this movement as it's not mentioned in any of the online lists I use. Thanks for any help with this Paul
  4. If you bought it from a dealer then it should be returned for them to sort the problem. Paul
  5. The only thing I can think is the 10 piece set comes with a better quality stand. Perhaps it's as simple as that. Paul In the end I settled on the Cousins set made by A*F in France and are of excellent quality and only £2.50 each a bit of a bargain compared to some other options. Paul
  6. Thanks. I did manage to persuade the Chinese 8200 winder to fit, with a little fiddling. Will keep an eye out for the No6 as I have a few that will need doing, as I work through them. Paul
  7. My Turntable is an old Thorens TD160 Mk1 from the mid 70's, HiFi is all Yamaha from the early 90's, Speakers are the only modern kit and they a Monitor Audio Bronze Floor standers. Not the best by a long shot but more than good enough for my aging heavy industry damaged hearing. I was going to have a big update after an inheritance came in, but after auditioning many of the high end items I decided I couldn't hear any improvements so stuck with what I had, which turned out to be fortunate as the inheritance was stolen, thanks to the corrupt legal system that makes it easy to change a Will of a Dementia patient, as long as you can find an incompetent, corrupt, negligent Solicitor to do the paperwork, which apparently is quite easy. And the legal profession will do all it can to protect a fellow solicitor that's been up to no good, mainly because they never know when they might need protecting themselves The Author Michael Connelly was right when he wrote, "What's the difference between a Lawyer and a Cat Fish, one a bottom feeding scum sucker and the other is a fish" Rant off
  8. There is some utter nonsense spouted on HiFi forums, most if not all defy the laws of physics Captain How about a fuse for the mains plug costing a grand Listen to the music not the equipment, it's cheaper and more enjoyable. Paul
  9. It's coming through the walls, from the Russian Spy living next door
  10. As long as Audiophoolery is not allowed. There is enough my £20k cables sound miles better than my old £10k set on the Hi-Fi forums to last a lifetime ;).
  11. This was for actually cleaning the movement parts, not the bracelet. Been looking into some of the expensive ready mixed options from L&R and Elna and they seem to mainly just be a mix of Naphtha and Mineral Spirits with a splash of Ammonia and a dash of oil. I already have the first two so might have a go at mixing my own, would be able to do something similar to the L&R 111 for about £10 for 5ltrs, which is better than the £40 plus L&R are asking for under 4ltrs. Paul
  12. Hl. The Pro-ject range of preamps are often recommended as a good starting point, cost is around £60 ish, there a loads of cheaper ones on the likes of eBay, just stay away from the little bear tube amps. There are lots of options from next to nothing to more than you paid for a good car, many of those at the bottom end of the market are good enough for most people. Unless you are cursed with what they call golden ears. ;) Then you will never be satisfied no matter how much you spend. Go budget and be happy with what you are hearing, and if not it may not be the preamp that is limiting in your setup. Enjoy your music, and listen to the sound, not the equipment. Paul
  13. Hi all Anyone watched the UK TV Show the Repair Shop In this show their resident Clock repairer Steve uses a simple process to clean his watch parts (Assuming we are seeing the whole process that is) were the parts are placed in a heated solution and just left to clean, the parts always come out looking like new, compared to how they looked going in. They show no agitation and no Ultrasonic component. Assuming they are not hiding most of the process anyone know the cleaning solution he uses is. Thanks for any input on this Paul
  14. Hi all I am trying to repair a Seiko 7009A movement, what is the correct size Mainspring winder needed for this size watch movement. I have one of the Chinese Winding kits bot nothing fits this spring, so was going to get the proper size Bergeon winder as I have quite a few of this movement to work on in the coming months. Thanks for any input on this Paul
  15. Hi all. Although I am currently using a couple of sets of cheap eBay Watchmakers screwdrivers and once the blades have been ground and hardened they actually perform quite well, I have still been hankering after a set of Bergeon drivers, I have been looking at their offerings at Cousins and am a little confused. They after 3 basic types, Aluminium, Chrome & Stainless Steel, in both 9 & 10 piece sets but the price difference seems to make no sense. In Aluminium the 9 piece set costs £135 but the 10 piece set costs £215, so £80 for one extra driver. In Chrome the 9 piece set costs £97.95 but the 10 piece set costs £215 so £117.95 for one extra driver. In Stainless the 9 piece set costs £93.95 but the 10 piece set costs £174.95 so £81 for one extra driver. What am I missing here as their prices do not add up to me, how can one extra driver cost so much. Thanks for any input on this. Also on the subject of Bergeon drivers what's the best blade material, their Hardened steel or their hardened stainless steel. Thanks. Paul
  16. The last time I did any Hardening and Tempering of metals was 50 years ago in School so it was a miracle I remembered how to do it and how quick and easy it was. Just using one of those small cooks blow lamps, just heat the tips till cherry red, then quench in water, a quick clean with wire wool, then back in the heat until the tip turns blue, then back in water to quench. Don't know if I was just lucky with the two sets I bought but one H&T they perform faultlessly, no chipping, no distortion, no bending. I will still probably get a Bergson or Horotec set one day but I am in no rush to drop £100 on something that may not be better than the £5 set I am using now. Now if they came with a lifetime no questions asked guarantee like ifixit or snapon tools do their price may be justified, but they don't do they. Paul
  17. Some of the cheap sets are not that bad, I have a couple of 5 driver sets that once the tips were ground and they were hardened and tempered actually work very well. These were £5 sets from China sold on eBay, it took about 10 minutes work to get them up to a working condition. Paul
  18. Hi all. Excuse the newbie questio. When honing the tips of my screwdrivers whats the best or most appropriate angle to hone them to. Thanks. Paul
  19. Hi all. A quick oil question (I hope). Before the use of Synthetic oils what was the oil used for fast moving parts in a watch, most seem to recommend Moebius 9010 for this use nowadays, but was just wondering what was the common choice before 9010 arrived, was it something like Moebius 8000 or D1 or something else. Thanks Paul
  20. How about the self adhesive copper tape sold in garden centres as an anti slug tape, also sold in model railway and dolls house shops for electrical wiring but at a much higher price. Paul
  21. Hi all Been looking on ebay for watches and noticed a huge number of what looks like mint Seiko watches being sold as fully restored and all coming out of India. What's to story behind them are they genuine or is it just a scam maybe a Seiko case and dial but not the correct movement, I am new to all this but even to me something looks a bit off. What's the story with them. Thanks Paul
  22. As said there are lots of females learning to be watchmakers, they just don't seem to get into content creation on the tube, unlike men, was just wondering why.
  23. Hi all. This is just an observation, but was wondering why. Being rather new to watch Repairs I have been binging YouTube repair videos trying to expand my knowledge and after searching and watching hours upon hours of videos one thing has struck me and that's the lack of female content creators, why is this. I have seen videos produced by various watch repair schools around the world and they seem to have a good 50% female students do it must be something that they do, but on you tube there a no female content creators. I have other interests, Photography, Angling, Model Making, Electronics, even Vintage Fountain Pen restorations, and with those subjects there are Female content producers. Why are all the Watch creators male . Just wondering. Paul
  24. Hi all. For my sins I have been looking on EvilBay for watch movement to learn the art of watch repairing, one thing has caught my eye with watches being sold as restored is the seller often mentions is that the face/dial has been repainted, but looking at the accompanying photographs the face/dial looks like it's a new original. So just wondering what is the process of repainting a dial to get it looking do original. Anyone got any links as showing the the process. Thanks for any input on this. Paul
  25. Thanks. Will try and have a look. Talking of watchrepairtalk, anyone know what's going on with the forum admin, I signed up weeks ago but my membership is still pending, I did email admin but got no reply, I also note that Mark has stopped posting his Videos on YouTube, seemed to happen after his move to Thailand, I wonder if something has happened to Mark. Anyone know anything. Thanks. Paul
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