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Plays too fast


I just got this turntable and am having a problem. The RPM is too high to play my records! Whatever the setting is for 30, it must be wrong because "Aqualung" sounds ridiculous. As far as I can tell, I'm not missing any settings.



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I had this same problem. You can adjust the speed, although it is a bit of a pain. If you turn the unit over you will see two little holes on the bottom labeled "33" and "45". You will need a small (jewelers) flat head screw driver. If you put the screw driver in the hole you will encounter a rubber cover. Push the screw driver through the rubber and go down a bit further and you will feel a screw. Turning this screw to the left (counter clockwise) makes the speed slower. Turn the screw to the left to make the speed faster.

For a picture you can download the service manual:

You can check the speed visually by downloading a strobe disc (I found one I like at To actually be able to see the strobe you need to do this under a lamp with a single fluorescent light bulb (fluorescent bulbs actually flicker a little bit at the same frequency as the electric supply).

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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    This worked perfect!!! I just played it along with an mp3, adjusting it while it played until it matched up perfectly. Thank you so much!!!!!!


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To be fair, Aqualung always sounds ridiculous. I kid, I kid.

The setting of "30" is probably a lever on top, right? If so, and the other setting is "17", you are looking at the record size selecter (it's in cm, so you're looking at LP vs 7").

There is a push button on the left front, says "speed". If the button is raised, it's 33 RPM. If the button is pushed in, it's 45 RPM.

I'm betting Aqualung is a 33 RPM, and you've got it set to 45 RPM.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008

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Hmm... there really isn't much to this turntable. It's belt driven, so unless the belt was installed incorrectly, or the belt motor/spindle is damaged, there really isn't anything else to check. So, just make sure your belt is installed correctly, and check to see that the spindle the belt wraps around (this is the motor), that is spins correctly. If it spins too fast, then there is an issue with the motor. You might also want to check your voltage setting for the model. Not sure which country you have this plugged in, but make sure it matches your local voltage (115V or 220V). The switch should either be on the back or bottom of the unit.

NOTE: Not all units have this switch. If your's does not, then make sure you purchased a model compatible to your countrys' power rating.

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