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Help: Mk 5 Tone Arm

Hi, I have a set of MK5 turntables (Not MK5G's) and on of the tonearms has been bent in transit... I can buy a new one for about £40, but I have no idea how to go about changing it. Can anyone help with a guide or just explain the basics behind it. I would get it done properly but at £60 to have done, I would rather save the cash. Thanks in advance

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  • mark standerline Jul 17, 2007

    Yeah thats what everyone says.
    Thing is it's £40 for the tonearm and then £60 for the fitting!

    Total of £100, which I don't have.



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Trust me when I tell you this... Get it professionally replaced. Spend the extra money. If you had to ask this question, then you do not posses the technical knowledge to repair this yourself. It's not an easy fix, and you will cause more damage than you already have. You will need to take apart the entire tonearm base, from the bottom of the turntable, and then remove 2 screws which hold down the tonearm. You will also need to unsolder 5 very thin wires. Unsoldering is easy, but soldering back on is harder for novices, and you could burn the PC Board - which is now discontinued.

You can purchase a replacement Technics Tonearm, and then bring it to your service technician for installation.

If you want to try and fix this yourself, you can check out the tutorial videos located here:

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Tonearms if not installed correctly can screw you your records over time. Personally, I'd pay the extra 20. Good Luck.

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  • Jerry Hess Jul 18, 2007

    Here's the "manual" which you should already have but in case you don't here it is again.

    Each maker has their own design but the "tonearm" uses an universal "gimble" design. It's has a very sensitive balancing mechanism. It basicly stands by itself because it is balanced. Only a couple of small screws should hold it in place. Be careful of wiring. You will need an "alignment tool" to set the correct angle of the tonearm to the spindle initially. The alignment tool depending where you buy it or it's quality will cost anywhere from $20 $30 US. The rest is the easy part if you just follow the directions in your book which you should already be familiar with.

    Good Luck and I hope I helped solved your problem.



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