I’ve just serviced a Sonab 85S belt-drive turntable. The Sonab 85S is an unusual belt-drive deck and very solidly built. This one should give many years more good service, after a major service.
The Sonab 85S is a high-quality 2-speed, belt-drive turntable with an integral tonearm. It came with a moving-magnet cartridge back in the day but these have mostly been replaced with newer designs by owners over the years.
Specifications, courtesy Vinyl Engine:
Motor: AC synchronous
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Platter: 300mm, 1.2kg
Wow and flutter: 0.08%
Tonearm: static balance type
Stylus pressure: 0.5 to 3g
Cartridge weight: 5 to 12g
Cartridge: Ortofon F 15 EO
Stylus: 18 x 8um elliptical diamond
Frequency response: 20 to 20,000Hz
Recommended tracking force: 1.5g
Dimensions: 440 x 370 x 160mm
This old girl needed a new belt, some cleaning and lubrication and a careful setup of the tonearm and cartridge. Once these jobs were done she worked perfectly and sounded really nice!