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Problem with Technics SL-BD20D turntable: Sound quality deteriorates towards middle of records; fuzzy and indistinct sound. I wonder if the tone arm weight is correct (it jumps at the slightest motion on the floor). But the company says weight and tracking are pre-set and I presume can't be adjusted. Thanks for any suggestions!

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