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Panasonic automatic turntable model sl-hm42

A bit to fast....johnny mathis sounds like a chip munk

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  • vbello Feb 20, 2009

    I am having a similar problem.  The speeds are off.  Is this a motor issue?

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I'm having a similar issue - except my panasonic sl-hm42 platter is moving too slow on 33 1/3 settings (don't have any 45's to try). It's a DC model, so I would think there would be some kind of pitch control settings or screws somewhere on it but I can't seem to find them.
Does anyone know if it's possible to adjust the pitch on this model turntable? Thank you!

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Recently purchased used Panasonic SL-HM42 turntable. Works, but turning a little slow on 33rpm (30-31rpms) says DC Servo System on the front. Don't see any set screws on bottom. would like to get platter...


How to tweak the playback speed on Panasonic SL-HM42 turntables
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You will need:

  1. 1x small Philips screw driver
  2. 1x small flat-head screw driver
  3. An ear for correct pitch and a little bit of DIY skill!

Step 1 - Remove the wooden base plate

After ensuring that you've removed the the rubber turntable slip mat and securely docked the turntable arm, carefully flip the turntable over onto its lid to expose the wooden base plate, as per below.

Using the small Philips-head screw driver, remove the screws holding the wooden base plate in place, then gently lift the base plate off the turntable.

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Step 2 - Expose the pitch adjustment screws

Once the wooden base plate is removed, you will see the speed-controller circuit board on the right-hand side.
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To expose the the two speed/pitch-control screws, firstly remove the screw holding the speed-controller circuit board in place, then gently lift the circuit board up on the free side.
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Step 3 - Correct the turntable playback speed and pitch

The easiest way I found to correct the playback speed was to flip the turntable carefully back into the original position, allowing the speed-controller circuit board to hang free as shown below.

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Next, play a record that you know well and are able to tell when the speed/pitch is correct (assuming you have an ear for correct pitch, that is!), then at the same time using the small flat-head screwdriver, gently turn the speed adjustment screw(s) to adjust the playback speed up or down until the correct playback speed and pitch is achieved (or at least until it no longer annoys you ;).

Turning the screws clockwise (to the right) will increase the speed/pitch, and anticlockwise (to the left) will decrease the speed/pitch.

NB - Both screws allow for fine pitch control, so if the second is already at maximum speed, you can use the first screw for additional speed.
Step 4 - Reassemble the turntable again

When you're happy with the speed of your turntable, remove the record, the mat again & locking the turntable arm, replace the screw holding the speed-controller circuit in place (as per Step 2) and then finally replace the screws holding the wooden base plate, as per Step 1.
Happy listening!

Aug 29, 2013 | Audio Players & Recorders

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Panasonic SL-HM42 turntable runs a bit too slow on 33rpm. Hasn't been played in a while. How do I the plate off to check the belt?


Most turntables need you to lift of the matt and then round the spindle is a horseshoe clip which you need to take off.

Aug 29, 2013 | Sony PS-LX250H Turntable

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My turn table is going to fast when i play an record , what can i do to fix this? thanks


Hello the turn table has two speeds. 45rpm and 33rpm (rotations per minute) If you are playing a record that takes up the entire turntable you need to set it on 33rpm. For the records that only take up half of the turntable you want to set it on 45rpm. Setting the turntable on the wrong setting for a certain size record can make the record play to fast of to slow.

Mar 24, 2011 | Panasonic Technics SL-BD22D Turntable

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I have a SL-HM42, it has a small flat white plug on it and I'm not sure how to hook it up. Am I missing something?


I'm trying to work out the same thing too. The stereo unit that came with the sl-hm42 stopped working recently and I'm trying to work out a way get the record player going again. By the looks of things I'm going to have to invest in a pre-amp to boost the output of the record player but that will be no good unless I can work out what each of the wires do....

Let me know if you work it out yeah?
Also, just to check, does your flat white plug have 6 wires?

Jan 02, 2011 | Panasonic Technics SL-DZ1200 Turntable

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I got a panasonic atomotive turntable - ser.no. SL-HM42. I require a needel for above


Check online. There are plenty of places that sell needles for turn tables!

Dec 03, 2010 | Panasonic Audio Players & Recorders

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I HAVE A TECHNICS TURNTABLE SL-QD35 THAT IS DIRECT DRIVE AUTOMATIC THAT IS SPINNING TO FAST.


i got my turntables repaired by these guys www.technmics1210repair.co.uk
i did they made my setup work like new so im going to spread the word.
give them a shot

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