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Technics1210, the treble and midrange is very distorted, tried different needles and swapped channels but other deck still sounds crisp and sharp, been told it could be the leads????? from dan h.

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Hi there, yes there's a chance it is ur leads that are the problem.
Have you tried other needles/headshells in the problem deck?

A bad headshell connection can also possibly be to blame.
Firstly i would suggest that u unscrew the headshell and have a close look into the end of the tonarm.
The 4 little contacts in there are supposed to be sprung a little, check that these aren't "stuck". Sometimes they get stuck all the way pushed in (usually a result of dirt, age, or most likely - headshell has been overtightened).
also check they are clean, if not use a cotten bud to carfully clean them.

Not the problem? try checking:
- Check the headshell contacts are clean, i find buffing the headshell contacts by carefully and vigorusly rubbing the base of the headshell on my trouser leg (or a dry duster streched over my leg) an effective way to get them nice n shiny :-)
- Check the 4 little wires connecting the catridge to the headshell arein good nik + connected properly (google search if u need to check which way they go)
-if none of these help then I would suggest checking with a continuity tester/multi-meter from each of the tonearm springy contacts to the phono plugs. Each spring contact should bell through to one of the phono connectors contacts, check all 4 wires bell through, failing this put ur meter on ohms and repeat this step checking the resistance when belling them out, find 1 with a high resistance then thats your problem.
Hope this helped
:-) Dj E-mission

Posted on Sep 10, 2008

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