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Frequent sound alright. i have technics 1210s mk5 and every ten or tweny mins during a mix one monitor speaker will cut out with my left turntable, the right turntable is still fine. also my left headphone cuts out or can be heard at a very low sound, but the right one still works fine. i was advised to slightly lick my finger and brush over the four cartridge connectors to leave them slightly wet, i did this and it worked fine again. then thirty mins later it will do it again. i have changed the entire cartridge and stylus and it still happens.now it is starting to happen to my right turntable. and i have also put the turntables on an entirely different sound system and this problem still happens. its been like this for about a month now. frustrating to hell lol. cheers. AaRoN

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  • progress_lif Dec 15, 2008

    a friend switched my turntables around so its only the one turntable that's at fault. I have replaced all the equipment to see if the problem is still there (also the whole needles). ta

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Its one of the 4 the wires not connected properly inbeetween the needle and the arm. the bass makes it connect and disconnect.

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You are probably using Ortofon Concorde series cartridges or similar - cartridges that look like the Concorde airplane. These all in one designs, do not connect well to the Technics 1200s series tonearm. So, you'll have connectivity issues during play.

Licking the cartridge is not recommended, as it will eventually rust out your tonearm, and then you will have permanent sound issues, and the only way to correct this is to replace the tonearm.

Ortofon has addressed this issue by issuing the OM series Cartridges, which are the same models as the Concorde series, but mounted to Technics Headshells. Using Technics headshells is your best option, so optimally, you'll want to eventually get this replaced.

If you do not want to get this replaced, then I would suggest investing in some sort of contact spray. Instead of licking your cartridges, spray this inside the tonearm, and you'll be good throughout the night. Since it is an oil based spray, it will not dry out so easily, like saliva. In addition, it cleans, and provides protection on the contacts.

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Hi,

Please re-check all your other equipment, as its highly unlikely to be the 2 turntables at fault, let me know how you got on.

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