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When i backspin the arm is forcing itself off the vinyl

Just got a 1210 and im completely new to this!! seems to be a problem with the weight? as soon as i lay the arm onto the vinyl it feels like its pushing its self off and when i backspin the record it just comes off??? really not sure why, it plays ok but just when i reverse the record it aint avin it??

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    the arm feels stiff needle sticks and slides back off vinal

  • Gerry Feb 08, 2009

    arm feels stiff needle sticks and slowly slides backwards

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1) make sure that you have the correct needle for backspinning. Standard needles touch the record at aslight angle, needles designed for backspining will be at a right angle to the record.

2) The tone arm needs to be balanced correctly as well. Based upon your description, the tonearm may be too light. I think that the standard weight is about 1.5 grams. There should be both a rough and fine adjustment available for balancing the tonearm. Set the fine adjustment to zero(0). Move the rough weight to balance the tonearm level. Then turn the dial to 1.5 grams. That should give you the proper weight at the needle.

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IMO the problem can be solved in 2 ways, either move the counterweight on the back of the arm towards the turning point of the arm ( by just adjusting it 10 - 20 % of an whole spin you can adjust a lot), or buy an other needle which is heavier then this one...

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