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Unsteady Sound I bought a refurbished At-PL50 through (I couldn't pass up $40)  I just got it and have found that the sound is kinda off.  I'm not sure if its slowing down then speeding up but its slight.  My old Pioneer (dead after 6 yrs.) had a dial to adjust the speed.  But this one doesn't so I don't know how to fix it.  Any ideas?

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Re: Unsteady Sound

This is a BELT DRIVEn turntable. There will be variation as the belt gets worn, and they tend to have low threshold voltage regulators. So if your lights dim when say a dish washer, hair dryer or AC unit kicks on, you will see a noticable drop in speed/pitch on the record if there is a spike or surge in current.

Your old pioneer was probably DIRECT DRIVE, so the electromagnet can adjust itself, and is more stable.

try lubricating under the plater, on the spindle, and the motor, and check how worn the belt it.

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