Hi all. On the heels of a great "freebie" find (Technics SL-1301), I was working on a real "dud", a BIC 914C turntable for one of the local record store's customers. He said he had a "minor" problem, and I guess he was hoping I'd fix it in 5 minutes AND for 5 dollars (guess he was wrong, VERY wrong). Needless to say, I did have a look at it and tried a few things, if only for curiosity's sake (and now I know I hope to never see one again ...or at least this one, anyways). Sorry for the harsh criticism, but the first thing I didn't like was the mechanical pitch adjust. While it appears similar to the Dual (1237, 1257, and possibly others), it has a cheap looking plastic pulley, held in place by 2 o-rings. On this example, it seems the mechanism for the pitch adjust is non functional (possibly an internal belt?, like the aforementioned Duals - I didn't even get that far before discovering other pressing issues with this turntable). The previous owner lost a thrust bearing washer, so the platter's bearing sleeve was riding DIRECTLY on the bearing, wearing it down quickly and causing the platter to slowly drop (and nearly scrape the top plate). When I informed him of his options (look for a better turntable or at least a parts unit if he insists on a BIC), he said he didn't want to spend much (in Pennsylvania Dutch talk, that's "I want it fixed, and for free"). I kindly replied that he's more than welcome to pick up his (my thoughts: "trash") "turntable", (and I'd be glad to not have to fix it). Anyone here have any similar experiences with the BIC 914 c? (or similar?) I was just curious if anyone had information on fixing the pitch adjust mechanism? It is a mechanical type, with a fixed speed A/C synchronous motor, and a 5-split "expanding" (cheap) plastic pulley system. Although I'm not going any further on this particular turntable, I'm half curious if it could be fixed and how easily. As for my opinions on this turntable, I think I already summed it up. I'm not too fond of the build quality, and if it were my choice, I'd rather scrap it than sell it (based on the aforementioned unit). I already "parted out" a Dual 1237 turntable, simply because the "proprietary" belt and the "trial and error" costs involved in "getting it right" would have made it too prohibitive to resell (i.e. I'd be losing money with what the parts cost vs the table's value "as working"). On a positive note, I'd almost like to keep this BIC 914 turntable and would probably consider a complete used one for dirt cheap, if only for it's dustcover (for my custom builds, since it's just about the right size). My thoughts.