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Technics SL-10 does not rotate

This is a linear tracking turntable with the tonearm in the cover, given to me in virtually unused condition. With everything connected properly, when a record is placed on the platter, the cover is closed and the "start" button is pressed, the platter does not rotate. Nothing happens, except the "repeat" LED begins blinking. If I press the manual button with the cover open, the platter rotates correctly - but of course the tonearm is in the cover, so you can't play the record. The only thing I can get with the cover closed is the blinking "repeat" LED. I've tried pressing the buttons available to me in various combinations and looked for other switches or buttons, all without success. I've also checked to see if anything is interfering with the tonearm, but can find nothing out of place. This is conceptually a very simple turntable, only a few buttons and nothing else. I have a manual, and I am doing what it says to do, but no joy. I hope someone out there has experience with this turntable and can tell me the secret to making it work, or whether it's FUBAR and I should give it up. Aside from the fact that it doesn't work, it is a very nice piece of equipment and I'd like to use it if I can. Thanks in advance Damon Fever

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  • Damon Fever Sep 11, 2007

    Thanks Shuttle83; that makes sense. I've had the cover closed, but I will look for the switch and make sure it is triggered.

  • Damon Fever Sep 12, 2007

    I tried the turntable again last night, paying close attention to closing the cover, but no joy. Pressing "start" (with a record on) only produces a blinking "repeat" LED and no movement of any kind. I poked and prodded everything I could find (short of dismantling) that might be connected to a switch, but nothing changed. The cover closes and locks solidly. If you think this switch is where the problem is, I guess I will have to disassemble the base to find it. I'm traveling for a week or so and won't have a chance to do that for a few days.

  • Damon Fever Sep 12, 2007

    OK, thanks. At least I can now open it up with some idea of what to look for. I appreciate it.

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OK a blast from the past. There is a switch that is in the base which senses that the cover is closed and this unlocks the arm and disk motor can rotate. The reason that the disk rotates when the cover is up is because this allows the disk to spin up to speed before the arm comes down. Once the cover comes down the switch unlocks the arm and the arm then moves this switch also can stop the disk if the arm does not unlock.

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  • Henry McKelvey
    Henry McKelvey Sep 12, 2007

    Hello Damon,

    I believe the switch is the problem, The model I have worked on in the past had a manual switch but I have heard of those having a magnetic switch.

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