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Dead left channel

The left channel in my 1200 isn't working. I've checked all the connections at the base of the tone arm and they are all connected securely. I've cleaned the phono connections. I am however a little suspicious as the right channel in my other turntable isn't working. Any suggestions can ? can the channels in turntables become blown?

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  • nboogerz Jun 24, 2009

    Hey man you had a solution to my 1200 problem to which I am very grateful. I can however find the rubberband you are talking about. could you describe again where I can find it?



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I have had the same problem on my 1210 MKII. I have taken it apart a number of times to replace the original lights with LED's, and naturally thought I messed something up in the reassembly. I actually found that the problem was in the connection between the tone-arm and the pick-up "housing".(Pardon my bad english) There is a little rubber band in between, and sometimes you have to unscrew the "housing" flip the rubber band, and screw it back on pretty hard. Also try cleaning the four contact pins before screwing it back on. I have heard of quite a few having this problem. A pretty obvious thing to do, but I had not thought of it, and it would have saved my from taking the entire machine apart several times.
Good Luck

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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    John Coddington May 22, 2014

    Please could you advise what you mean by the pick up housing.



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