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Loose tow arms

Losse tow arms how do i tighten them up

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Re: loose tow arms

If you continue to have issues with your tonearm, you will need to have the tonearm replaced. Those screws are machine calibrated, so they are very hard to get back to the original factory positions.

You can buy the tonearms HERE, and even have them replaced by them as well - they offer free return shipping on all repairs outside the NY Metro area. Within the NY Metro area, you can drop off, or schedule a pick up.

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Re: loose tow arms

Do you mean you have a loose arm? If so tighten the bolt right above the arm of the turntable lightly turn in to the right ,, not to much cause you can bust your balls.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007

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Technics SL1210 , 1979 ?
Intermittent loss of one channel.
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