Yeah I think
I can picture the kind of spring you would need to make if you were using wire... I guess the diameter of the coiled part would be fairly critical. You could wind it around somewhere along the length of a round needle-file, maybe. I suppose the built-in springiness at the pivot-point of the original spring keeps it located where it should be?
Bob Too.. Hope it wasn't the bad example set by this thread that caused the damage. When I said: 'bust open your freewheel', that's not quite what I meant!
Anyhow that is a generous offer.. You know that thing weighs half a pound or more?
As for the Precision...yeah someone
has been messing around with it..
Guess who? My default right-hand position is right over the PU, and I get electrical noise if my fingers touch a pole-piece.. nothing too intrusive, but PITA when recording.. I hear that grounding them may help...another crazy idea off the internet! Mine could be about the same vintage as yours.. I've had it 30 years...
Doesn't matter much about going off-topic.. It'll be an uphill struggle, but eventually we'll come back around to freewheels... I've been off-topic my whole life!