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Turntable Sound Goes Flat

I have an Onkyo turntable that I've been enjoying since the early 80s. I noticed recently that the sound of every record I play goes flat when the tonearm reaches the middle of the record. More specifically, it sounds like the record is dragging, but it only lasts for about 10-15 seconds before it eventually corrects itself, and then plays fine until the record ends. I've tried adjusting the counterweight & anti-skate based on several suggestions I found online, but the problem persists. Am I forgetting something? Is there anything else that needs to be adjusted? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  • richman666 Feb 27, 2009

    Thanks for the input, Duncan. Does your solution involve opening up the turntable, or is this something I can do without dismantling it?




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It could well be that the arm needs a re-wire. There could be a bad connection or a broken wire that makes a contact most of the time and then has a poor connection during the time you mention. Usually it is the wire that runs from the arm bearing to the wires that run out of the deck to the amp, as these are moving all the time. I find it is best to replace all the wire to save time in the long run. If you replace one part something else will always need replacing soon after.

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    Duncan Watson Feb 27, 2009

    I'm affraid it may need to be opened up. The wires for the arm go into the turntable, where they join the phono leads.



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