High failure rate
rate never better than 90% within 3 months.
According to Mike Solomons, the failure rate of these music
centers was "never better than about 90%, on or within three months of
These music centers represented "leading-edge technology at the
time", he says. Once these music centers had turned out to be a failure, Schaub-Lorenz must have
regarded the sending of their engineer (Schaub engineer visits Henson's) as a "damage limitation
exercise", and so the manufacturer had "no incentive to research all the defects" in their
Mike, an expert audio and hi-fi
repairer, found "a number of design faults" in these Schaub-Lorenz machines whilst repairing
them back in the 1970s. Slowly but surely, however, he managed to work out appropriate solutions
for all the faults. Although he still has and uses the original three-language service manual
 that was given to him by the visiting Schaub engineer, the manual did not provide any
workarounds for the faults that he came across during repair work. When the manual was
published, Schaub-Lorenz had "clearly not yet identified any faults", Mike says.
Despite all its faults, and the
fact that the machine is, by modern standards "very early technology", Mike Solomons still
regards the Schaub-Lorenz Music Center to be "a very well-thought-out device" and "a fascinating
piece of equipment", when it works!
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