Post by Peter Walsham on Mar 28, 2021 19:54:38 GMT 12
I have a Sanwa multimeter and a couple of RCA VTVM's all with analogue meter movements that are in need of someone who can help me with the cleaning out of the pole pieces and/or cleaning/lubricating (if applicable) of their pivots. I am not game enough to have a go at doing this myself, so if someone who has the knowledge & experience who is willing to help me out, I would be very grateful. I don't expect a 'free bee', and I am quite prepared to pay someone to do these for me please?
I can be emailed on: firstname.lastname@example.org (I do live in NZ despite my .au email address)
Post by Peter Walsham on Mar 29, 2021 19:35:52 GMT 12
Good evening DC
As far as I know, the hair springs in these meters are still OK, but I'm not 100% certain about that. The problems with the meters I do have is that they stick a little, and don't come back to settle on the 'Zero' mark after a reading has been taken.
For problems like that I think it might be worth tracking down someone who repairs antique watches and clocks. The hair springs and pivots in a meter movement are similar to those found in watches. A watchmaker will have all the tools and be set up to do this sort of work which probably involves cleaning and adjusting the movement.
Post by Peter Walsham on Mar 30, 2021 21:24:37 GMT 12
You are very right. Finding an 'old school' watchmaker would have to be likened to finding a pile of rocking horse poo! I have already tried contacting a number of different established jewellers, but none were able to steer me in the right direction. The watchmaker (Horologist) guy (Steve) on the TV show 'The Repair Shop' would be the perfect guy to do this sort of thing.
A couple of years ago I was hunting for someone to repair a meter movement as well, and I was put on to a guy down in the South Island. He was able to resurrect the meter I sent down to him, and a digital storage scope (he had an identical scope so could swap modules to find the faulty one). I kept in touch with him for some months afterwards, but a recent attempt to contact him saw my emails bounce. I also tried phoning him but the calls went unanswered so I am not sure what is going on. I might try getting in touch again, and then I can find out if he is interested in taking on any more meter repairs. I wouldn't want to just steer people in his direction if he isn't able to / doesn't want to take on this type of work. I'll report back if and when I can make contact with him.
Post by Peter Walsham on Apr 13, 2021 19:52:32 GMT 12
I appreciate your comments. I am hopeful to still be able to come across someone who is experienced and interested enough to do this work for me. I certainly understand your comment about the possibility that he may not be in a position to do so.
Some time ago (and also more recently) I sent a message to the Amateur Horological Society (in NZ) as well but, disappointingly, come up with nothing.
Peter, I have just come across this discussion. The chaps name is Neville Digby & his email is email@example.com He has done some similar work for me and I highly recommend him. I haven't spoken with him for a while so don't know if he still does foreigners but it is certainly worth a try.
I see the comment by Philconut and his contact is a different person. The chap I got in touch with was Gerard Van Royen who lives in Waimate. I have his amateur callsign which is ZL3GVR. I won't post his phone number on here but it is easy enough to search for online, so if you don't have any joy with Neville, get in touch with Gerard and see if he can help.
Post by Peter Walsham on May 15, 2021 15:23:17 GMT 12
Thanks for your message.
I sent an email to Neville. he replied (quickly) to my initial message, but not entirely in my favour, but asked for me to send more information & photos which I did a week ago. I have heard nothing from him since. I am guessing he isn't able to hep me.
I have tried to find contact details and/or an email address for Gerard, but come up with nothing. Maybe you could email it to me please? firstname.lastname@example.org