Taking Apart of Talking Box on a Pee Wee Herman Doll from the 1990s
When we moved recently, I finally gave away the Pee Wee Herman doll that my kid had played with in the 1990s. I loved the doll, but the pull-string talking box had long ago died.
Seeing this Fran Lab with the same Pee Wee doll and the same problem, I was fascinated to see the inner workings and how it might be fixed.
The tear-down is very interesting; the way the little plastic record player randomizes which track you hear each time you pull the string.
Fran narrows the problem down to the belt that drives the governor/clutch which regulates the pressure of the stylus to the platter. Sadly, she doesn’t have a suitable O-ring on-hand so she orders one and promises to do a follow-up when the ring arrives.
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