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No matter what I do, I can't eliminate the occasional skip...

No matter how careful, I can't eliminate skipping and on one album, the needle gets stuck in a groove and does not proceed.  Except for this annoying problem, I like what I have.  The Albums have not been played for twenty years and the storage has been good and the quality is good.

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Re: No matter what I do, I can't eliminate the occasional...

Try cleaning that lp with an anti static felt record brush, and look for either groove glide or d4 cleaner....Sounds odd, but ive ad records kept in tip top, climate controlled, and funk still gets in the groove.

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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 Turntables

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I have a technic sl 1200 mk2 , my anti skate is

I gather you don't know how to adjust the tonearm. First put the stylus pressure, and antiskating to zero. Balance the tonearm for a free floating position. Ortofon cartridges will list the stylus pressure, generally 1.5 grams. Dial in the correct pressure, and set the antiskating to the same as the stylus pressure. If you require more assistance, or would like to inquire about repairing your Technics, please visit my website at You may contact me there. Thank you.

Dec 09, 2014 | Turntables

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Turntable skips regularly

Once adjusted to the correct weight for the type of cartridge then the arm should only jump on a bad record. If it keeps on jumping then either there is something wrong with the platter, being warped or a bad matt. Or there is something in the mechanism that is causing the jumps. Either of these two causes is possible if it does it in the same position on two different records.

Mar 05, 2014 | Technics Turntables

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Turntable skipping

It sounds like you need to adjust the need tension (counter-weight thingy on the other end). If the needle is too "light" on the disk, it will float around and over the groove walls. Make sense?
Another thing is th tracking resistance of the stylus arm (if your player has this adjustment).. This one puts resistance on the horizontal movement to keep it from "skipping" when a deep scratch is encountered playing an album.

The higher end players have these and many more adjustments which were made to counter scratches and deformities in vinyl records. My father had one which used a laser instead of an actual needle to read the track groove so that no wear occurs in playback.. (star wars stuff, right?)

Goiod luck to you, but I think those two are your issue.

Jan 29, 2014 | Crosley Turntables

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Jensen JTA 450 turntable skips?

Try moving the arm up to the end of the vinyl, if it does go till the end of the vinyl then try adjusting your counter weights, a penny will do, if it doesn't go till the end of your vinyl then there's a mechanical problem check any obstruction at the botton of your arm.

Jun 09, 2010 | Audiovox Jensen JTA450 Turntable

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The cartridge arm does not go back to the off position.

it's a "manual" turntable so this is normal. You would need to buy an "automatic" turntable to have the arm return back when done.

Apr 22, 2010 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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Tonearm skips imediately to center of album

Your stylus is damaged or worn. Or some one may have spun the balancing weight at the rear of the tonearm. Reset the weight so that it will drop when two postage stamps are lain upon the stylus end of the arm.

Sep 08, 2009 | Turntables

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Needle skipping & not pushing down

There should be an "anti-skate" adjustment to control the arm moving across the record. It is possible that lubrication has stiffened up as well. This unit may need a general overhaul/cleaning.


Jul 20, 2009 | Technics SL-1210MK5 Turntable

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Needle keeps skipping

It was the counterweight. I found the instructions a bit confusing for my feeble brain! :) I went back and tried again and must have gotten it right as no skipping now. It works great! I love it.

Jan 10, 2009 | ION Audio TTUSB10 Turntable

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