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Needle keeps skipping

Just bought this product, anxious to use it, followed set up instructions faithfully, I think. Although unsure about the counterweight situation. Cannot get even one full track recorded without needle sticking and or skipping. This happens even on an LP that had only been played once and was cleaned. any suggestions, thanks for any help. Sandy

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It was the counterweight. I found the instructions a bit confusing for my feeble brain! :) I went back and tried again and must have gotten it right as no skipping now. It works great! I love it.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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