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45's won't play through

I just purchased a Crosley CR245 and the 45 records won't play all the way through. The needle automatically picks up before the record finishes playing. I called the Radio Shack where I purchased it and they say there could be an adjustment that needs to be made, but don't know how or where. Of course, I can't get away from the Crosley phone number in the manual. Any help???

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  • MooT BooXLe Dec 27, 2008

    Man! I'm having the same problem! I bought mine from a place that's going out of business, so I figured there'd be no returns, and I'm an audio engineer with some electrical know-how - I took it apart (voids the warranty I suppose but oh well...), for a few reasons.
    One, I want to see if there is a trim pot coming from the phono preamp, so I could adjust the level it outputs to the CD recorder. When I open up audio in my mastering software that I have created by recording CDs from vinyl on this Crosley machine, the level is way too hot - it clips quite often. Not good. Analog clipping: no big deal. Digital clipping: very, very bad. By clipping I mean the meter going "into the red", or past 0dB full scale.

    The other thing I wanted to see if I could fix is disabling the automatic return on the tone arm. That's annoying! Good turntables that I grew up with (and probably you did too) didn't do this - the needle just got caught in that run-out groove loop at the end over and over and over and over until you finally got up and manually put the tone arm back in its resting place, and turned over the record.
    That's the way I want this one to work! I SHOULD DECIDE when the record's over, Mr. Crosley, the impatient DJ! Not you!

    If I do figure out a simple way to fix this problem, I'll let ya know!
    How's that?

    Matt Baxley
    Naples, FL



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I FIGURED IT OUT! Here's how to fix the problem. 1. Remove the c clamp that holds your turntable in the box. Do this slowly so you don't over stretch or break your belt. 2. There are 3 screws holding the entire record player mechanism in the box. Take those out. 3. Look just under where the arm (the thing that holds the needle stylus) attaches to the mechanism. See that long wire rod that runs from that spot to just about the center of the turntable? It's being held at the arm by a little plastic piece that has a screw. The screw needs to be tightened. Once you tighten the screw, that will make is so that the arm has to be moved less to the right to start the record, and more to the left to turn it off. This makes it possible for you to hear the end of your songs! 4. Screw the mechanism back in the box (not too tight, you want those shock mounts to work). 5. To get the belt back on the wheel, first look under the wheel. See the big circle that is about half the size of the wheel? Place the belt around that. 6. Now look further out on the wheel. Do you see a plastic peg (actually 2 pegs....they are across from each other on the wheel)? Stretch the belt to one of the pegs. 7. Place the wheel back on the mechanism with the stretched part over the motor. Now spin the wheel slowly until the belt falls onto the motor. 8. Reattach the c clamp on the wheel and you're all set. Oh, I forgot to mention that you should put a record on and make sure you adjusted that screw under the arm enough. I had to do mine a couple of times. Hope this is helpful! Here's a video I found that better explains how to get the belt back on.

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