After reports last year about noise coming from the 3rd generation Philips 951 and 730 during FFW and Rew (not playback), we started investigating. Slawa reported this first and mentioned the cam gear. We now have several units with this problem all over the world.
We have concluded the research and it is indeed the cam gear. It will crack at some point. A similar situation we have with the 2nd generation DCC players.
The good news, is that the cam gear on the 951/730 is easy to access and relatively easy to replace.
Krzysztof and his team have been forwarded this information and we can used harder / basic resin for reproduction. The material can be similar to the Technics AR-1. We will do a few test runs and make them available after being ok’d by the dccmuseum team.
The pictures will show the location for the gear. The video is an example of the sound to be expected when problems do occur.
Pleas let us know if you have a player suffering from this problem