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The tone arm will not drop on our Technics sl-dd33 turntable.

If we push down on it, there is resistance; it seems locked in the up position.

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  • lwfrazer Jan 24, 2009

    Thank you for your reply. Actually what it is, is that the lifting mechanism that looks like a semi-circle at the base of the tone arm at the back will not go back down by itself no matter what. If we push it down manually, it will go down and allow us to play an LP, but then at the end of playing, it will go up as it should and stay there until we push it down manually again.

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Have you left the tone arm lift in the up position?
If not: At the end of a record the mechanism lifts the tone arm, returns it to the rest, lowers it and switches off the motor.
It the motor has stopped too early, the tone arm will remain raised.
You can try gently rotating the platter clockwise by hand. This may allow the return cycle to finish.

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Although you may have mechanical problems, you may also have hardened damping fluid to control the cuing. The unit will have to be dismantled, the old fluid cleaned off and re-damped again. The is a specific fluid that you will likely find not apply correctly. If you'd like more advice, or like to inquire about a repair, please visit my website at audioserviceclinic.com. Thank you.

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