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Tone Arm skips past first song

I just got a Crosley CR-249 USB-enabled Turntable for Christmas, and went out and bought a whole bunch of albums, but when I tried to play the first one, the tone arm skipped about 2/3 of the way past the first song. When I place the arm on the edge of the album, it rips across about a quarter of an inch into the album, instead of starting right at the edge.

I think the cause of this is the auto-turn-on feature for the motor. The arm "clicks" after I start to swing it over to the album, thus turning on the motor and causing the album to spin. BUT, that little click is what pushes the arm over too far.

Is this just a problem with the CR-249 (along with the fact that the case itself is TOO SMALL to be able to close the lid while an album is on the turntable... sad...), OR is there some fix to this?

Thanks!!

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  • stephenjlind Jan 08, 2009

    Thanks Lovesmesumca :) I didn't try to close it after the first "oops" (fortunately nothing broke!).



    There is a cue lever, and I have been using that, but with or without it, the tone arm does the same thing. I saw on the Cosby Show tonight that Cliff had to put a quarter on his tone arm to keep it from sliding over. That extra weight solves the problem 1/4 of the time.

  • i1234 Mar 17, 2009

    i have the same problem! did you ever fix it? I tried taping a nickel and that actually works but you have to place it really carefully at the beginning. it's natural positioning places 2/3 into the song. it's kinda annoying. i called crosley but couldn't get thru

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Hello, A. Do not try to close the case when there is a record inside!! The fact that the turntable cannot do this is not a design flaw--you'll be hard pressed to find a portable turntable that can close with a record inside because if you were to pick up the player with one inside, it could easily slip off of the spindle and scratch against the sides of the player.
B. Are you using the cueing lever to lift the tone arm before you place it on the record? Read the instructions to see where the cuing lever is (it's a little switch on the right side of the tone arm). When you lift it, the tone arm will lift up and allow you to position it wherever you want on a record, then you depress the lever to make the tone arm touch the record and being playing.
I hope that helps!

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