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Pitch Control Problems

I was at a gig last night and found that my pitch was extremely inconsistent. Today I turn it on and it seems to be working fine. I'm afraid I might encounter this problem again. Is there a reason why my pitch would jump form 33 to 45? It felt like I was holding down the 33 button and hitting the 45.

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Re: Pitch Control Problems

How old are your decks? common this problem,,,, sounds to me that you have a dodgy switch probably where you have been using the 45 to pitch up intermittently from 33 this isn't really an expensive fix, though if you have warranty use it! if you are going to attempt this your self parts are gonna cost about 15 bucks! but get a service manual and take the greatest of care heard a few horror stories which is why if you need an engineer to work it for you out side of the warranty you are probably looking at 70-80 bucks, i fix my mark 2's when i need to ,,,just be sure you have read up b4 you start! Kind Regards Junior J (Ministry of Sound) London

Posted on Jun 26, 2007

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I have a Sherwood PD - 913 R and the pitch seems to be spinning out of sync which makes the RPM"s not right for 33 or 45 speeds, any help on what could be the cause is appreciated. There is a pitch...

The turntable motor might be the problem, if the grease is old it becomes hard causing the turntable to run slow, by your description we can rule that out since you indicate it runs to fast. therefore it is the voltage that powers the motor with a regulator "keeps voltage constant" or the motor itself will be the problem. The pitch control allows a small change in speed when required.

Dec 30, 2010 | Turntables

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Pitch Control Problems

More than likely the pitch needs to be calibrated. Although not very hard, I would suggest getting this done by a professional, as it does require opening up your turntable.

Here are instructions - TECHNICS PITCH CALIBRATION

If you cannot perform this, then find yourself a good technician who knows what they are doing.

If this does not work, more than likely either your pitch control, the pitch gain, or one of the IC's need to be replaced - at this stage, only a qualified service tech can help you.

Good luck!

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Aug 28, 2009 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

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One of my technics' 1200 turntable's tone gets too high

You can try adjusting the pitch's gain, which is located on the pitch control circuit board. Only problem is that you'll have to take apart your turntable in order to get to that section (its on the bottom).

If that does not work, your pitch might be bad, or one of the main circuit drive IC's might be bad.

Hope this helps some.

Master Tech,
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Aug 27, 2009 | Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable

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Pitch Control issues on Technics 1200 mk2

The pitch pots have been altered.
there located under the platter & cover on the main circuit's a peace of **** to sort them.
if you help e-mail me

Jul 20, 2009 | Technics SL-1200MK5 Turntable

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Pitch control drops drastic in middle of set

it sounds like the problem is the pitch control. this is a common problem that can be fixed pretty cheap check out 1200s website they offer alot of help and replacement parts for this issue.

Jul 05, 2009 | Technics SL-1210MK5 Turntable

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Pitch problem out of nowhere!

HI Mattgood2

I believe this is a common problem more evident in decks that have a very hard life,
You pitch controls are probably due for replacements so I suggest you take then to the service agents to service them,
unless you know how to do the servicing

I grew up with Decks under my fingertips so I have seen this before and remember the only satisfing fix was a service and the pitch controls had to be replaced,

I thought I would have a go re-servicing myself and found far too many things to cover once the covers were off,

There are many things that need attention on the inside of these decks and the precise placement of each component is vital to the correct operation of this unit,peace of mind really

It takes a small amount of care to maintain these decks,
when they die or fail get a pro to fix the problem.
guess work only makes you look like an "Amatuer"

Please dont be offended (by my words) Ive done it too,LOL
I had a full dance floor and then nothing,the decks got replaced

What have you used to clean the pitch control sliders???

Aug 01, 2008 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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Pitch control center moved

Hello, Mr. Dixon.
I had the same problem and i decided it whit this procedure:

1. Restoring Factory Default Settings

2. Set the PITCH Slider to the center ( 0 ) position.

3. With the CDX-05 in the start mode displaying “no Disk” hold down EJECT and TIME/ENTER and press FILTER. The TEMP display in the LCD reads 0.0 and the procedure is complete.

Good luck!
Peter Petrov

Dec 08, 2007 | Vestax CDX-05 Turntable

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Technics 1210 Mk 2 Pitch Fade Problems

You have to understand any sort of calibration meter will only tell you if the pitch control is faulty - or excessively too fast/too slow. If your units are just 'off' then that is a matter of a simple calibration of your pitch controls back to original factory specs. Also, just so you know, the pitch controls on the 1200s are not really calibrated when they leave the factory. They are basically installed, set a default setting, then shipped off. So, you'll often times have 2 turntables with sequential serial numbers, but they are both off.

Here is a tutorial on calibrating your unit back to original factory settings: TECHNICS SL1200MK2 / SL1210MK2 TURNTABLE PITCH CALIBRATION

You can also print this out and give it to the technician who serviced your units. Also ask him what kind of calibration meter, or unit did he use to test? Just curios.


Dec 02, 2007 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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