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Tonearm lifter in UP position - how to fix

Hi, I have a Technics SL-1900 turntable, the tonearm lift control handle moves up and down fine, but tonearm remains in up position. Is it possible to fix so tonearm will lower to play the record? thanks, Steve I have the same problem. It seems to be a hydraulic issue that would involve getting inside the 1900 to repair -- way beyond my expertise. A simple workaround is to:

Move the start/stop switch to "start" to engage the turntable. The turntable will lift the tonearm and move it over the record. After about 30 seconds, the plastic bridge that keeps the tonearm raised will "unlock" and you can push it down manually to drop the needle on the record.



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I have also had this problem with the same model turntable. I opened mine up and the problem seems to have been that the grease on the arm lift and cueing lever was gumming up the linkage between the two. (I suspect that my turntable hadn't been used in some time.) I managed to free up the parts by manually working the the arm lift (pressing it down) several times. I'm not sure that I needed to open up the chasis for this fix but it did help me to see what was going on. Good luck with yours.

Tim Orange

Posted on Jul 19, 2009

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