Wiring for a European turntable

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spacejay
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Wiring for a European turntable

Unread post by spacejay » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:15 pm

I have just bought a turntable from Germany and it came with a 2 prong plug. How do I rewire it (which would be to an IEC plug to slot into my regenerator) ie which is live and which is neutral (I have read that it doesn't matter) and what about earth wire, is there one? I haven't cut into it yet because I may have to send it back but if I don't am I going to find 2 or 3 wires?

And my other question is about earthing too - it seems to introduce some hum into the system so is there a way around this?

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Re: Wiring for a European turntable

Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:28 pm

Just get an adaptor and forget about it. Perfectly safe unless you want to give yourself a shock :mrgreen:

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Re: Wiring for a European turntable

Unread post by Nigel » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:07 pm

Is the two prong plug moulded? Couldn't you just undo the screws and see the colour of the wires inside? If not, I guess you could check inside the turntable itself. What make is it? Also, has the tonearm got an earth wire attached?

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Re: Wiring for a European turntable

Unread post by Geoff.R.G » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:16 pm

Depending on when it was made, the standard wiring colours for European cables are Brown = Live, Blue = Neutral and Earth = Green and Yellow.

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Re: Wiring for a European turntable

Unread post by scotty38 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:24 pm

My first post here and I'm not trying to be funny but if you're having to ask I'd take the Doc's advice and leave it at that.....

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Re: Wiring for a European turntable

Unread post by spacejay » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:19 pm

The turntable was made in 1979. The reason I ask is that on reading about these plugs it wasn't apparent what the colours actually were and as I haven't cut into it I don't know what is inside - I am aware of the present European colours and have wired the odd plug in my time as well as making a few psu's and dac's and other stuff. But it is probably less hassle to re-arrange the plugs and as I am quite lazy think I'll just do that.

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