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Pitch and Strobes

I had a question about the strobes on my turntables. What does it mean if the dots don't stop at the percentages shown in the diagram next to the power switch but stop in the same place on both turntables. For instance the diagram shows:                                 +6.4%                                            +3.3%                             0.0%                                            -3.3%

The strobe dots on my turntables stop at roughly:      +7.0%

When I hit the reset button to lock the pitch at 0% this will also make the largest dot stop on both turntables.
I'm pretty sure this is the way they were when I got them.
Does this mean that I should replace the pitch control or have my turntables serviced?

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  • jedah Sep 19, 2008

    Sorry, what I meant was that the diagram shows: +6.4%, +3.3%, 0.0%, -3.3%

    The strobe dots on my turntables stop at roughly: +7.0%, +4.3%, +0.5%, -3.3%

  • jedah Nov 05, 2008

    Thanks man, I guess I may have read a little to much into it. I thought the pitch was supposed to match the strobes exactly. I guess I need some more practice mixing considering I thought it was the turntables when all along it was me. I was about to schedule some repair work to have the pitch calibrated. Thanks for saving me some dough!


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There is nothing wrong with your turntables. The Strobe dots are only a guide to give you an idea of the speed your platter is rotating. Nothing more, nothing less. The pitch control decal is not 100% accurate, it is simply a guide to tell you where the 6% position lies, 3.3%, etc.

As long as the quartz lock function works, and the large middle strobes are nice and solid, and do not move, your fine.

You can check out these videos for more insight into these wonderful turntables:

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