My old ''vintage' stereo with turntable refuses to cooperate! Sound, etc. is great, but it keeps kicking off when trying to play records. I'm sure that this is just a tone-arm adjustment, but I sure can't find it. Can you help?
A very common problem with vintage turntables is that the old grease on parts of the mechanism underneath gets thick and gummy like varnish and then the parts do not move freely. One must carefully free up gummy parts with WD 40 and relubricate them with 3-In-1 oil. Look for gummy slider or trip mechanism parts that are actuated by tone arm movement.
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It needs lubrication. If it is a "rim drive" style turntable (as opposed to belt drive or direct drive), you may need to replace the rubber roller. If it is belt-driven, you may need to replace the belt.
A brand that has a solid reputation but may be hard to find in your area is technics. I would think you could find one to fit in that price range. You could for sure find a Pioneer in that price range and they are not bad at all. These are vintage, not new, I am talking about but they will outperform most consumer made ones of today.
Could be a bad patch cord, a setting on the mixer, a faulty mixer (unless it works ok with other amps), or a dirty control on the Sony amp if it has analog controls. Have you tried connecting other sources to the Sony?