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Technics 30th Aniv Edition - help with break speed.


I've started messing around with the break speed on my deck, thing is it went from slow stop to so fast that the plate goes backwards now when it stops and I can't seem to fix it...


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Turned out that i didn't have the right screwdriver, so I went out and got one. That sorted it out, it is really sensitive. But now it's all good.

Thanks for helping.

Posted on Nov 05, 2007

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Re: Technics 30th Aniv Edition - help with break speed.

Do you recall the adjustment you made? That brake switch under the hod is real sensitive. For starters, try pulling back half way from which you adjusted, to get a sense of sensitivity. Did you alter the pitch switch at all?

Keep me posted.

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