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?
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.
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Yes. you need to set the travel on your arm. I don't know your specific model but they are all the same concept. On the back by the pivot point there should be a small screw that you can adjust the travel before it returns.
You will need to get to the underside of the turntable. There you should find that the arm when it gets to the centre of the record it will push on a switch. This switch might be out of position or just get stuck by grease or dirt. Correcting it should solve the problem.
Being a portable model, it is very easy not to have the turntable level. It is very important that it is level as a tilt can lead to the head "skipping", amongst other things.
You can get a full User Guide here http://0bee184f253cf7f48610-d2b1caba160808a264f409f8f32a9b54.r0.cf3.rackcdn.com/Crosley%20CR6019A%20%20Executive%20Turntable.pdf
Another possible problem is that the balance has become upset by being moved around. The correct balance is achieved b the positioning of a weight on the tone arm on the opposite end to the needle. This can usually be moved short distances to balance the tone arm so that the needle is held in the record groove, by the minimum necessary weight on the needle.
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Try moving the arm up to the end of the vinyl, if it does go till the end of the vinyl then try adjusting your counter weights, a penny will do, if it doesn't go till the end of your vinyl then there's a mechanical problem check any obstruction at the botton of your arm.
I didn't see the tone arm balance adjustment in the user manual, however that is what needs to be done. At the rear of item #39, on page 10, is there a dial with numbers from 0 to 4 or 5? If so, set the dial to "0" to see if the tone arm will "balance" (like a see saw) If not, the dial assembly (which is a weight) needs to be slid either forward or backwards to achieve balance. After balancing, turn the dial to a number higher than 0 to increase tracking force..keep increasing the tracking force until it stops skipping, but no more than necessairy. To much force causes wear/damage to albums. If there is no tracking force adjustment on the tone arm, I would suggest contacting Crosley @ http://www.crosleyradio.com/Support.aspx
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actual old units (not sure about modern nostalgics) sometimes had a lever that said 7 or 12 inches for 45's or 33's this would tell the mechanism when to set down the arm. If your unit does not have something like this then it sounds like an internal failure that would require it being opened by a tech or sent in for warranty repair.
Just guessing, but it sounds like you haven't counterbalanced your tone arm. When a tone arm skips, it's usually because there's too much counter weight on the rear of the tone arm. You want between 3-5 grams, but first you have to calibrate your tone arm (balance it so you know where zero is). If you don't know how to do this, refer to the Ion directions called "Tonearm Setup" in the instructions.
Tonearm is misaligned. This usually happens when you've moved the unit, or something has fallen on the tonearm, causing it's bearing to be misaligned. This is not an easy fix, and you will more than likely have to take it to a service center to have it repaired and looked at.