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Tone arm replacement

Do you know of anyone who can replace the tonearm of a technics 1210 mk5 turntable based in the West of Ireland or antwhere in Ireland?

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Any TV repair shop will be able to perform that repair for you as well as get any parts necessary. Steve Medley

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2) Technics RCA Cables - This is more than likely the culprit.

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If not, remove the headshell so it won't be damaged, remove the turntable from its base and lay it upside-down, being careful to keep the platter engaged so it doesn't fall off, on a thick soft fleece blanket supporting the whole thing by the platter so nothing stresses or interferes with the tonearm. Once again, rotate the tonearm and observe. I'm sure you'll hear or feel where the problem is. The next trick would be to resolve it.

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If you would like to try it yourself, check out this site - http://djprolab.com - their are DO It Yourself repair videos for this model.

NOTE: This is NOT an easy fix, and if you had to ask this type of question, I am going to assume you don't have much knowledge with electronic repair.

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