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On/off switch won't stay turned on

My technics are quite old and i went to turn one on the other day and the on/off knob just turns off straight away. It would stay on if i held it in place but otherwise it just flicks off by itself... very frustrating. any ideas??

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Knob shaft is probably dirty, or has dislodge inside. Unfortunately, you will have to open up your unit to see what is going on inside.

You can view a video on opening these turntables, by going to: TECHNICS REPAIR VIDEOS.

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