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I have a realistic clarinette 120 turntable . How do I replace the needle?


Most are held in place by 2 small screws, remove them and carefully unplug the cartridge from the tone arm, reverse to install new one, then check the balance the tone arm and set to correct pressure..

Dec 23, 2016 | Audio Players & Recorders

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My Mt 750 Fisher turns on the table spins a moment but the arm does not move what is wrong?


What you have is a record changer; and malfunctions today are probably more likely that in the past--even after the prestigious Fisher name and price had been largely supplanted in the post war years--before mfg quality control as a customer fault under protection (for sellers) by Warranty dodges had come to the fore. (In actuality, while record changers would would have been favored by record producers--for the rapid rate at which they destroy records--they would have been looked upon with disdain by pro disc jocks as well as high-end audio equipment producers (including Fisher) in favor of single play turntables that don't destroy records that must be played "on the air," repeatedly, hundreds of times per week in successsion.)

1. Did you unclip the tone arm from its resting post?
2. Remove record and turn off platter (name for a turntable record support) drive motor, and unplug the player machine.
  1. While manually rotating platter in PLAY direction (that's CW), actuate PLAY lever to its extent, release, and watch for tone arm movement as you continue platter hand rotation.
    1. (Oh yes, make sure the record hold-down arm is up and rotated outward to prevent hold-down-arm drop from causing changer to return tone arrm to stow post and dis-actuating START lever...such features once accurately called "self stop,: today inaccurately called "auto stop."
      1. ...by the way, could your problem be that you did not lower hold-down arm onto record(s)? ...making the changer mechanism below the platter "think" that all records had been played...so that it swung and stowed tone arm and then Self Stopped the player rather than repeat-playing the top-of-stack record (in order to save changer and record wear and tear)? Is your problem now solved? Just in case not, continue...
  2. As you hand rotate and watch, the tone arm (and release spindle with no record on it) should "recapitulate" its normal, record changing and playing motions--you are simply "handing" in for the platter motor.
  3. If there is a "hitch in the changer's stride" (that means a jam) it will also occur and be felt operating the changer manually. At that point, you will have "set" the changer mechanism in conflict-fault position for facilitating inspection to find the specific problem.
  4. Note that since record-changer-/turntable-type players are permanently confined to level-only use, that means the turntable/changer platform need not be affixed to its base (some are--some aren't) so it might be possible to simply lift the turntable/changer platform assembly up off the base to inspect underneath. Some (possibly most) turntables/ changers, on the other hand, are apt to be fastened to the base (lest the furniture be bumped into...but those typically did little more than prevent tone arms from skating some ot the time) in a suspension arrangement (if not rigidly) that incorporates helical thrust springs and hold-down screws at each hold down point, typically 4 in number. Detaching the platform is apt to involve simply looseing and then over loosening the screws...or by some other obvious or not so obvious means.
    1. Being mindful of any hard-connected wires, unfasten, lift, and invert changer platform to inspect underneath.
    2. Take appropriate corrective action at point of jamming.
    3. Revert and refasten platform and re-run manual-unpowered operation to confirm corrections.
    4. Return power to player and test using a record.
    5. Thank yourself for posting your question...if all or some of the above works.

Oct 19, 2014 | Audio Players & Recorders

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How do i balance tone arm


put the weight on the back of the tone arm all the way forward.

Jul 07, 2012 | ION Audio iTTUSB Turntable

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Arm skiips across record


The tone arm needs balancing. You need more force (weight) on the front of the tone arm. Here are three links which will describe how to balance it.

Charlie

http://stereos.about.com/od/systemsetup/ss/Turntablesetup_3.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoIHn2g0398

http://balanceyourtonearm.com/

Feb 01, 2011 | Spectra SB6053 Turntable

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Record keeps skipping arm won't move toward center of record


Sounds like your arm is tracking too light. To proper set the tracking weight on most units you need to zero the arms balance so that it is balanced just at the surface of the record. Once that is done using the weight on the back of the tone arm, or whatever system your unit uses, there should be an adjustment by turning the weight on the arm or perhaps a lever near it. You owners manual should really explain all this and give the recommended tracking weight in grams and fractions of grams. Each weight is different for different styli. Take a look at your operation manual and adjust the weight. Let me know how you make out.

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Feb 22, 2010 | Numark ttUSB Turntable

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My brandnew Songwriter is not playing records properly. When a quarter is placed on the tone arm, it plays fine. Is there an adjustment I can make??? Marilyn


http://www.crosleyradio.com/Manuals/CR248_Manual.pdf
I didn't see the tone arm balance adjustment in the user manual, however that is what needs to be done. At the rear of item #39, on page 10, is there a dial with numbers from 0 to 4 or 5? If so, set the dial to "0" to see if the tone arm will "balance" (like a see saw) If not, the dial assembly (which is a weight) needs to be slid either forward or backwards to achieve balance. After balancing, turn the dial to a number higher than 0 to increase tracking force..keep increasing the tracking force until it stops skipping, but no more than necessairy. To much force causes wear/damage to albums. If there is no tracking force adjustment on the tone arm, I would suggest contacting Crosley @ http://www.crosleyradio.com/Support.aspx
Hope this helps.

Aug 18, 2009 | Crosley CR248 Turntable

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Arm does not track properly but skips across records


Just guessing, but it sounds like you haven't counterbalanced your tone arm.  When a tone arm skips, it's usually because there's too much counter weight on the rear of the tone arm.  You want between 3-5 grams, but first you have to calibrate your tone arm (balance it so you know where zero is).  If you don't know how to do this, refer to the Ion directions called "Tonearm Setup" in the instructions.  

Jan 03, 2009 | ION Audio iTTUSB Turntable

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I balanced my tonearms correctly. i think .. but the stylus jumps off the record and when i back spin (cue) the needle skates drasticly. can you walk me through the balancing proceedure and tell me how to...


Balancing the tone arm is a two step process. Set the needle weight adjustment to zero(0) and make sure that the tone arm is balanced. It should rest horizontally without touching anything. Next, set the needle weight (usually 1.5 grams). Both adjustments should be on the rear of the tone arm. That should cause the tone arm to drop toward the record and have the correct pressure for the needle. Also, check the anti-skate adjustment. If that is off, the behavior you describe will occur as well.

Dan

Jul 21, 2008 | Technics Audio Players & Recorders

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Fisher turntable M-720 need to set weight and return levels


Hi mariahom

Setting the tracking force is an easy task. Try this method.

  1. first thing to do with the tone arm sitting above its rest, rotate the weight on the end of the tone arm until the tone arm is balanced in the middle. neither up nor down, just right in the middle.
  2. calibrate the numbered rotating collar on the weight so that 0 is exactly on the reference line on the tone arm.
  3. then turn the weight and numbered collar together to the tracking force that you are seeking. Most moving magnet cartridges need at least 1.5grams of weight. Set it for 2 grams if you are unsure of what your is or needs.
  4. adjust the anti skate dial(if you have one) to the same number as the tracking force you are using.
At this point you should be able to gently bounce the tone arm on your index finger(not above the record of course). This is about all there is to it.

I am more than happy to answer any other questions you may have about it, please get back to me here, or use the ASK function to go straight to me :) If you are still unsure, have problems, or we need to look at the situation more deeply, then before you give a rating for this advice, hit the ASK button Thanks for using FixYa, If you consider the advice I have given you as sound, a FixYa rating is a great reward for my efforts to help you. Cheers.

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robotek

Jul 13, 2008 | Fisher Audio Players & Recorders

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Well on my technics MK2 1210's, the little anti sketch settings and all the others probably arent set to what they are supposed to be, because my needle arm keeps jumping :P could someone tell me what all...


There are two main things that will influence the anti skate settings.

1) The Headshell Weight and Balance
Firstly, check the data sheet for the cartridge and stylus you are using. It should tell you the correct weight setting which will vary from one cartridge and stylus to another. If the stylus is set too light, it can skate across the disc. This can damage the disc and the stylus. The sound will also be thin and it is likely to distort on high frequencies. If the weight is too heavy, it will not jump but will definitely damage the disc.

If you are a serious vinyl user, get yourself a tone arm balance. This is a device that you place on the turntable and you rest the stylus on a plate which is marked in micrograms. You place the stylus exactly at the correct weight marking and then make adjustments to the turntable settings until the tone arm is balanced. It's easier than it sounds!

If you don't have the data sheet for your cartridge and stylus and cannot find it online, use an old disc that you don't mind damaging, set the weight on the light side and gradually increase the weight until it stops skating.

2) Platter Levelling
Secondly, you need to make sure your turntable us on a level surface. If you are a purist, use a spirit level. to do this.

There are other things that can cause skating and jumping, especially if you use the turntable as a DJ. For example, vibration (caused hopefully by dozens rocking to your music). DJs will often increase the headshell weight very slightly to overcome this and I have sometimes placed the turntables on a thick rubber sheet such as carpet underlay to improve shock absorption.

Mar 26, 2008 | Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable

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