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Technics Turntable Auto-return problem - please help !

I just bought a second-hand Technics SL-BD22 semi-automatic turntable. It plays fine, sound quality is great, but I'm having a *really* annoying problem....
The auto-return happens way too soon. I haven't actually managed to lsiten to an entire song yet, as it always cuts out about 3/4 through... Maybe this has something to do with the fact that I like listening to drum'n'bass, which usually has long 6-7 minute songs, maybe the turntable is set to return after 5 because most songs aren't that long, but then, that wouldn't make sense if I was listening to a full album; and a 7" would cut out only halfway through...
Now, I might have only just gotten a turntable, but I'm not *that* stupid - I *did* read the instruction manual, and there's a little screw for adjusting the auto-return. One way makes it cut out even sooner, the other way makes it cut out later. I turned it all the way both sides (just to see) and in both cases it still cuts out way too soon...
this is extremely annoying, as I have only just gotten my turntable and was hoping to listen to all my records, but they all cut out half way... is there any way to manually adjust the auto-return so it cuts out later; or even better - to disable it, making it a sort-of manual turntable ?
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate all and any help I can get here :)
P.S. if nothing else works, I doubt very luch it's a good idea, but how about bending the tonearm ? I don't like that idea at all, and I don't want to break anything but I'm wondering if it's the only way...

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  • methoddan May 30, 2009

    Hello Charlie,

    don't worry, I'm not that kind of person. I'd really like to get this problem sorted, as it's such a shame such a silly thing is ruining all the fun (vinyl sounds much better than any other audio format I've ever heard... and it's only the first day I've used my turntable), any help - even if it doesn't work - is really appreciated, so I'll be sure to rate you and leave feedback, just for the effort.

    I've been told by enough people that beding the arm is the worst idea possible, so that's not going to happen.

    I find it hard to clarify the problem further; as that's just it - the auto-return on my table kicks in too early.

    I have tried adjusting it with the auto-return adjuster screw, and after a short experiment listening to the same vinyl twice, once with the screw set to minimum (auto-stop is earlier) and the second time with it set to maximum (auto-return is later) , it stopped at the same point.
    The screw seems quite loose (by that I mean easy to turn, not tight) , and only goes 1 half-turn between min and max; not sure if that's normal or not.

    I'm wondering if something has slipped or disconnected on the inside, as whatever I do with the adjuster screw, it still cuts out early (after about 5-6 minutes.... that's annoying with 7 minute songs all the time)

    It's a shame there's no easy "on/off" button for the auto-stop, I'm starting to wonder if I should have bought a manual turntable, but it's a lot of bother to sell it and buy another one, so I'm hopnig there's a way to adjust the auto-return so it happens later - like, when the song's finished and not halfway through.

    I'm new to turntables; I can use them, and I usually learn quick with things, but I have no idea about the insides and so don't wnt to mess around too much if it might damage it. I don't know exactly how the auto-return screw works, but maybe there's something on the inside I could adjust manually, as the screw doesn't seem to be doing anything.

    I've doanloaded a service manual PDF file, which gives disaassebmly instructions and an exploded view; but doesn't help with my problem.

    I hae no idea, but is this a case of opening it up and turnibng whatever the screw doesn't seem to be turning, or re-aligning some cogs (if there are any) so the auto-return happens later ?

    A way to disable the auto-return is just as good; I'm sure I can manage to put the arm myself back when the record's over.

    Again, any help is greatly appreciated; and if I can give any further details just tell me what you need to know.

    Thanks again,


  • methoddan May 30, 2009

    Hi Charlie,

    that would make sense, I have a feeling there's some way to set this from the inside.

    Unfortunately, I can't see much through the tiny hole, and it seems it opens from underneath, too so I doubt I'll be able to see it working whilst open, unfortunately.

    the service manual came from the Vinyl Engine.

    I can send it to you, if that's any help - it might be easier through direct e-mail (mine is ?

    I haven't tried anything yet, as I don't want to mess around too much without having much of an idea of what to fiddle with, as I don't want to damage anything.


  • methoddan May 30, 2009

    Success !!!!

    It's done - all that was needed was for a part to be removed from the auto-stop mechanism.

    I didn't even need to open up the table - I removed the platter and mat because I was going to open it; but then underneath where the platter was I could see the whole mechanism, and work it out from there.

    I needed to remove one thin metal rod joining the arm to a plastic 'trigger' on the inside; now it plays record until the end; and is sort-of still semi-automatic as the 'stop' button still works, and it brings the arm back to the beginning, all I need to do is press the button when the song's over - a million times less annoying than having it cut out halfway through !

    Thanks again !!!


  • methoddan May 30, 2009

    Happy you could help out, too !
    No problem leaving feedback, it's the least I can do to say thanks - I certainyl didn't expect to get ann answer so soon, and to have everything fixed within a day; and for it to be something so easy to do , thanks again !


  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010


    I think this is the key:

    " maybe there's something on the inside I could adjust manually, as the screw doesn't seem to be doing anything."

    The screw adjustment on the tone arm causes a mechanism to trip ("inside" the unit). There is some problem with that mechanism is my guess. So, I think it's remove the turntable from its base and place it somewhere which will allow you to watch this mechanism operate.

    If you could tell me how to get to the pdf file you found, that would be very helpful.



  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    I would like to help with this. I'm reluctant because I fear I willI spend a lot of time on it and you will stop responding giving no feedback or rating -- this is true with 80% of the posts fixya experts enter.

    If you are interested in working with me on this, I'll do what I can to help get this thing working right. It may take a while. I don't have any simple quick solution. I have worked on many turntables -- they are the most amazingly complex mechanical devices I've ever seen.




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Great!! You're Happy, I'm Happy.

Now there's some kind of rating procedure on this screen. If you could rate my asistance, I'd appreciate it, Dan.



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SOURCE: Trying to track down a tonearm plug in connector and stylus for an SL-BD22. Is it possible to get the connector separately? Can you recommend the best place to get them?

Hi, Is it the headshell you want like this?
If so I have 1 in stock $39.90 USD. I also have an original Technics EPC 24 P mount cartridge with stylus which were fitted to SLBD series $49,90 USD. Cheers John.

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