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Author Topic: Rowe/AMI RI-5 Amp swap issue:  (Read 599 times)

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Rowe/AMI RI-5 Amp swap issue:
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:02:05 pm »
My apologies if this has already been tackled in another area of the forum, but I searched and couldn't find anything.

I have a RI-5 Romantica with a dead right channel. I bought a new amp on eBay that was listed to work in a RI-5 but it turns out that might not be the case without finding new connectors for my speaker and mute cables. The amp I bought is a  6-07438-02 125watt amp with ROUND connectors for those two cables. Turns out I needed the block-type Molex connectors. I know I should have looked at the picture harder, but the seller had it listed as compatible (which I'm sure it is if I feel like re-wiring some connectors after I find a set) and I didn't have my jukebox nearby when purchasing to make sure it all lined up.

So, I know everything else will match up just fine (volume control, phono input, etc) if the seller decides to not play nice and swap it out for the right one (they have several) what connectors do I need for the speaker and mute lines, and does anyone know how to wire said connectors properly (speakers need a 7-pin male connector using only 4 of the pins and mute only uses 3). Thanks in advance!
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Re: Rowe/AMI RI-5 Amp swap issue:
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2018, 09:52:42 am »
Hello tallen702,

Welcome to the forum.

I suggest that you get your original amplifier repaired assuming that it is a Rowe Ami amplifier and not a substitute.

The original amplifier should have been a 50 watt 6-09189-02 or could have had the optional 130 watt fitted.

Dependant on which country you live in, we can make suggestions where to send it for repair, in the UK and Europe and most of the world we offer repair services for Rowe Ami electroic boards and amplifiers.

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Alan

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Re: Rowe/AMI RI-5 Amp swap issue:
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 09:44:21 am »
Thanks for the response.

Luckily, the vendor who sold me the wrong model is making good on the mislabeling and is issuing a refund. I have a Rowe repair guy who will fix the 50-watt stock amp for $150 + shipping, but it's going to take some time and I want to keep my jukebox up and running while the original is out (and have a backup amp for down the road as it gets harder and harder to find spares or people to fix things). I found a 125 watt Rowe amp with the correct Molex connectors from (IIRC) an R86. It's P/N 6-07438-04. Not the 130-watt one, but will work from what I understand. Once it gets here and I get it set up, I'll send the original 50-watt out for repair and put it back in the machine when it comes back.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying my RI-5 even though only the left channel is functioning. I purchased a stylus tracking gauge and set the tracking force properly (it was all the way up at 5.8 grams!!!!) so that my 45s don't wear out prematurely, checked the condition of the belts, put a new stylus in (it came with two unopened spares as well as an unopened spare cartridge), and gave it a good once-over cleaning. Once the amp comes back from repair, I'll have the local coin-op specialist come out and shop it just to make sure everything is in as good a condition as can be expected. The wife is even finally coming around to it. I found some great 80's 45s in near mint condition at the local antique mall the other day, so I'm slowly but surely changing out the play list.

Thanks again for the reply! Glad to know there's somewhere to turn online for this kind of stuff.


  
 

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