Stylus pressure set in terms of manual but arm continues to skate across vinal
Although I think I have set the stylus pressure control per the manual I seem to be doing something wrong as the arm skates accross the vinal when I have used the appropriate pressure. Unfortunately I no longer have the overhang gauge so I have measured the overhang could this be where it is wrong or have you any other suggestions.
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Sounds like the stylus has been damaged. Perhaps when you were adjusting or installing the stylus, it might have gotten damaged. The stylus will only slide across a record like that when the actual tip is either damaged or no longer present.
Check your stylus first and foremost. If you still see the tip, then try adjusting the balance weight - the big weight towards the rear of the tonearm.
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The short answer is that you need a new stylus as the one you have is either broken or worn away so that it won't stay in the groove. It could also be out of place. Rubbing your finger on the stylus you should be able to feel it digging in. If you can't it's gone!
First feel with your finger at the tip of the stylus. It should be sharp. If it's not report it back to the place where you bought it.
If it's sharp, then the weight on the end of the arm might have moved, meaning there is no pressure to the stylus. You can look up what it says in the manual about stylus pressure.
The other way is to test and adjust. If the weight has numbers on it set it about the middle of the numbers. Then try a record, if it skates, stop and increase the weight by moving to a higher number, not much, then test the record again. You keep doing this till the stylus stays in the groove. However don't increase it that much so it rumbles when in the groove. If that happens reduce the weight slightly and test. I find it best to test with headphones on.
Skating is when the stylus slides across the record's surface and doesn't stay in the grooves. This can happen when the stylus is too worn and so any control to correct it called "Anti Skating" won't work. Getting the pressure right to the stylus is the first thing to do. Once this is set up if an odd record then skips a few grooves on a good condition record, you can adjust the Anti skate control to prevent it. Adjustment it is like setting the stylus pressure, a question of trial and error.
Generally the cause is one of 3 things. 1 Damage to the stylus or dirt. 2 Lack of pressure to the stylus. 3 Anti-skate control set to low.
First check the stylus you should feel it sticking in you finger a bit. 2 Has the weight on the end of the arm become lose? Adjust for the correct tracking weight of the cartridge. 3 Check the manual for what the anti-skate control should be set to.
The counterwieght should be set the tracking force for the cartridge/stylus fitted. These are expressed in grams. Typical about 2 to 3 grams. If the weight has numbers on it these will match the grams. There's no right setting for the skate. Should the stylus start to skate accross the record increase the force. Start low!
On the arm movement, has the arm moved before after pushing start taking it to a record? As many turntables just don't.
You might need to apply more pressure to the stylus. There should be a weight on the end of the arm, it should have a control to move it up and down. The only other thing is the stylus damaged from transit?
I have no experience of Crosley turntables, however, stylus arm skating across the record surface on any turntable is normally due to the counter balance weight being incorrectly adjusted. In order to track across a record properly, the stylus must press down on to the record very lightly. If there is too little pressure, skating is what tends to happen. Too much pressure can cause distortion of the sound and excessive wear of the record.
At the pivoting end of the stylus arm, there should be a counter balence weight. This is normally adjustable (but not always - depends on quality and features of the particular turntable), and is used to set the pressure the stylus applies to the record surface, measured in grammes. The manual that came with it should tell you how to adjust it, but for most turntables stylus pressure is between 1 to 3 grammes.
If you dont have the manual, have a good look at the pivoting end of the stylus arm to see if soemthing is obviously wrong, or if not whether there is something with numbers on it that can be turned or slid. This is likley to be the counter weight. Try adjusting it.
Within reason, the stylus weight isnt critical so a "trial and error" approach wont do any harm.
Hi sounds like the cartridge or stylus are not seated correctly or at correct angle (cartridge). Also weight/balance and anti skate need adjustment. Try getting the manual and using that to set it up correctly - no easy task though as lotsa info there.... :) Manual for 1200 MK3 will do as well. Hope that helps
There are two main things that will influence the anti skate settings.
1) The Headshell Weight and Balance
Firstly, check the data sheet for the cartridge and stylus you are using. It should tell you the correct weight setting which will vary from one cartridge and stylus to another. If the stylus is set too light, it can skate across the disc. This can damage the disc and the stylus. The sound will also be thin and it is likely to distort on high frequencies. If the weight is too heavy, it will not jump but will definitely damage the disc.
If you are a serious vinyl user, get yourself a tone arm balance. This is a device that you place on the turntable and you rest the stylus on a plate which is marked in micrograms. You place the stylus exactly at the correct weight marking and then make adjustments to the turntable settings until the tone arm is balanced. It's easier than it sounds!
If you don't have the data sheet for your cartridge and stylus and cannot find it online, use an old disc that you don't mind damaging, set the weight on the light side and gradually increase the weight until it stops skating.
2) Platter Levelling
Secondly, you need to make sure your turntable us on a level surface. If you are a purist, use a spirit level. to do this.
There are other things that can cause skating and jumping, especially if you use the turntable as a DJ. For example, vibration (caused hopefully by dozens rocking to your music). DJs will often increase the headshell weight very slightly to overcome this and I have sometimes placed the turntables on a thick rubber sheet such as carpet underlay to improve shock absorption.