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J. I. Agnew (52)

Testing Directly-Heated Triodes

In the darkest corner of the catacombs under the lab, illuminated only by glowing directly-heated triode filaments, top secret experimental research is being conducted…

Presto 1-D Cutter Head Feedback Modification

Presto 1-D and 1-C cutter heads are frequently encountered on our lab bench for repair and restoration. Some are just regular repairs to original spec, others are rewound to a different impedance, but some undergo more comprehensive and exciting modifications!

We have previously examined modifications where a feedback system was added to a Neumann MS-52H and an Audax R-56 cutter head. This time, we shall discuss adding feedback to a Presto 1-D, which arrived with damaged coils.


Rebuilding an Audax R-56 Cutter Head with Feedback

This Audax cutter head arrived with a fried coil and a completely crusted armature. The damping material had not aged well.

A complete disassembly, cleanup and reassembly would be required, with the renewal of the damping material and drive coil. This was yet another perfect candidate for our feedback modification.

Fitting a Neumann Cutter Head to a Presto Lathe

Neumann cutter heads have a rib along the back, for mounting. Presto lathes, on the other hand, together with the vast majority of non-Neumann vintage lathes (Rek-O-Kut, Fairchild, etc.), have a mount with two slots, for cutter heads with two threaded holes on the back (Audax, Presto, Fairchild, RCA, etc).