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Platter problem Hi im having trouble with one of my turntables, last night while i was mixing i noticed that the pitch adjustment light was staying on even though I moved the slider up and down it didnt stay as bright as in the zero point but faded a little, then all of a sudden  my platter started going crazy i moved the slider up & down and the platter stuck then went backwards & forwards & it's been the same ever since. Can anybody help me out at all?

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Re: platter problem

THE PITCH slider or the variable resistor could have gone faulty. A new pitch is only $25 i think. They may need to salvage the pcb from your old one as technics no longer manufacters them. I've never seen the pitch led stay on lock when the actual pitch is not at zero. Hopefully the pitch did not short out the brake or the variable resistors on the motor's circuitboard.

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Re: platter problem

Hi man

lift the metal disk of your table gently remove screws from the plastic cover beneath it . under the cover there is a small sircuit and tow magnetic tuning wheels. one for the pitch and the other for the start and stop button. maybe they will help if u tune them as u desire

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

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