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Installing Clear Tops on J/K CED Players
This page provides instructions for installing see-through covers on J/K CED players by cutting a rectangular hole in the existing cover and closing it with a piece of transparent acrylic plastic. The procedure is designed so that a few simple hand tools can accomplish this task, while still maintaining a professional appearance in the finished product. The purpose of having a clear top is so onlookers can observe the caddy extraction mechanism on these players, as well as other operations, like the movement of the disc between the load and play positions, and the playback of the disc itself. RCA made a few clear-top SFT100 players in 1980 for this very purpose, but I’ve never seen or heard of factory-manufactured J/K models, which being motorized, have the coolest mechanisms of all CED players. The only retail player model with a see-through opening was the Toshiba VP100 which had just a tiny little window useful only to verify that a disc was loaded and spinning.