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Califone 2155 plays fine but heats up like crazy

I bought this 2155 K player on ebay, found a new stylus and cartridge for it and now it plays great...except I could literally fry bacon on the top of it after ten minutes of use. It heats up even without the platter spinning. There's no electrical burning smell but I haven't played it more than 30 minutes

The heat generates from the top right (if you're looking above it), away from the controls and platter, and radiates from there. Anyone else with this problem?

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  • Walter Harrington Apr 09, 2013

    I recently purchased a Califone 2155 on eBay - exhibits the same behavior (super hot near tone arm base). I've had it apart - there is a giant heat sink on that side in which I believe the "cin-tran" transformers are mounted. I need to do more diagnostics, but the size of the heat sink would indicate that this is endemic of this model. By the way, what cartridge/needle did you find for it? I've ended up modifying Astatic 1150 cartridges to fit around the tone arm light.

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SOURCE: platter spins very slowly

Well hope fully its something small. check your pitch control first make sure its not set at a slow speed. then check your start stop knobs at the bottom of the table. roll them one way then start it see if that works, then the other way... if its not that then its possibly its a malfunction ,, Numark with there new awesome products but sometimes faulty that turntable wigs out goin slow then normal then slow ect... If its less then a year send it in it is coverd by warrantee

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