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Pin stuck tonearm

There has got to be a fix witout replacing the tone arm

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Marantz 530 skips after playing only 30 seconds the tone arm won't progress. It consistently stops (skips) regardless of whatever album at the same place


Make sure that the wires leading from the tone arm are not binding. And you might also want to check for bearing friction in the tone arm. Under light stylus pressure conditions, low friction is mandatory.

Mar 22, 2015 | Marantz Audio Players & Recorders

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I have recently removed the tone arm assembly and replaced the tonearm rest on my 1210's and now the tonearm is stiff horizontally so it stays in the same place and won't move across with the groove....


Check the arm wires have not got caught around the anti skate mechanism.
Did you adjust the screw / lock nut on top of the arm?. It's not supposed to be moved but if you did it might be to tight.

May 19, 2010 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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Technics 1210 MK11 - 'Click' in tone arm movement


It's clearly a mechanical interference under the hood, so to speak. If you're comfortable with this, unplug the power and signal from the TT, remove platter and manually rotate the tonearm across its arc, listening or feeling for the drag. Maybe you will see the cause with the platter off.

If not, remove the headshell so it won't be damaged, remove the turntable from its base and lay it upside-down, being careful to keep the platter engaged so it doesn't fall off, on a thick soft fleece blanket supporting the whole thing by the platter so nothing stresses or interferes with the tonearm. Once again, rotate the tonearm and observe. I'm sure you'll hear or feel where the problem is. The next trick would be to resolve it.

I have an old Dual 1249 that had the same sympton as yours and it was a mechanical binding near the mechanical pivot area beneath the base. One of the links to the auto-eject mechanism was rubbing and you could see the wear on it. The tonearm assembly had come unseated in its cut-out and I just pressed down on it (from its normal top) and it popped back into place, about 1 mm. Voila! Fixed.

Apr 16, 2009 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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Technics SL-5 Turntable will not turn.


try gently pushing the tone arm (actually the piece of plastic holding the tone arm) over to the right a little. works for me, but it still gets stuck often

Apr 06, 2009 | Audio Players & Recorders

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Tonearm lifter in UP position - how to fix


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

Mar 20, 2009 | Technics SL-BD20D Turntable

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Difficulty balancing the tone arm on kd-1033 turntable.


A new stylus should not change the tone arm balance setting if it is the correct stylus.

Does your arm have a sliding balance weight at the rear of the arm? If so you can slide this slightly towards the cartridge to regain the correct playing weight.

I would suggest you get a repair shop to do this for you, or you could finish up damaging your records.

Jan 01, 2009 | Kenwood KD-291RC Turntable

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1210 mk5g tone arm pin stuck


Hey raz, i've just taken apart and put back together my turn table trying to cure the same problem. I DIDN'T NEED TO!!!!
number 1) i think the tone arm is a sealed unit so far as i can gather so if the spring is broken you need a new tone arm. however. Get a cotton swab, soak in malt vinegar and use this to gently push the faulty contact in. The idea behind this is to get vinegar around the contact shaft. This should dislodge the dirt and release the contact.

Dec 18, 2007 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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Tone Arm


It's very hard to get those screws aligned and tightened correctly. They are machine calibrated with the precise amount of torque. Once they become loose, it's very hard to get them back to original factory settings. Also, those screws are conical screws, which means they have a cone shaped tip on them. That cone shaped section sits on 4 very small ball bearings which balance the tonearm. There is a very thin piece of sheet metal which protects the ball bearings and keeps them aligned, if any of these parts are damaged, or bent in any way, your tonearm is damaged.

Unfortunately, if you can't get the balance correct, you will have to replace the tonearm. You can buy a new TONEARM HERE, however, replacing it, is a whole other process and not recommended if you have no soldering experience, as you could damage your unit even more.

Hope this helps.

- The 1200s Experts

Nov 17, 2007 | Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable

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Tone arm travel


Tonearm is misaligned. This usually happens when you've moved the unit, or something has fallen on the tonearm, causing it's bearing to be misaligned. This is not an easy fix, and you will more than likely have to take it to a service center to have it repaired and looked at. Good luck!

Sep 08, 2007 | Aiwa PX-E860 Turntable

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Technic SL1200 M3D


1) This turntable either has bad RCA cables or a faulty tonearm - in either case, none are easy fixes. FYI, If you use Ortofon Concorde series, they are notorious for causing faulty connections with your tonearm, and eventually deteriorate your tonearm over time. So you might want to think about changing them if you get a new tonearm put on. If you use the Technics headshell, you are fine. 2) This turntable definitely needs to have the tonearm replaced. Once the arm comes loose from it's bearings, it's next to impossible to get it back to factory specs, and you will have skipping issues. Both will require professional servicing. Check out www.1200s.com if your in the NYC area.

Sep 07, 2007 | Technics SL-1200M3D Turntable

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