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Tone arm skipping/not moving on especially at end of record

One of my turntables keeps skipping especially at the beginning of the final set of beats. I have got new needles and tried every weight and height adjustment with no luck. I have even fixed a weight to the top of the cartridge which kind of helps but distorts the sound. Any answers would be appreciated.

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The issue is with your tonearm, and not your tracking. You probably have slight damage to the tonearm bearings, which will cause this. There are 2 options... you can try to adjust the pivoting screw at the top of the tonearm ... However, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS, because once you mess with this screw, it's EXTREMELY difficult to get it back to the correct setting, as this screw is machine calibrated at the factory. So, we only recommend this when you have no other choice, or it's an emergency (the middle of a set).

You can view a video on how to do this, by going here - http://djprolab.com

Eventually, your going to have to have your Technics Tonearm replaced. This should be done by a professional, as it is not an easy replacement.

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Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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Hi,

It sounds like you have a tone arm tracking problem, this may have to be re-aligned.

Regards.

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Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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