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How do I fix the tonearm of my Technics SL-1950 so it doesn't keep pulling to the right when in neutral balance?

I've tried spinning the platter clockwise ten times as the manual suggests, but the tonearm continues to pull right. I would like to avoid placing more weight onto the record by adjusting the balance to the headshell is heavier, but so far, that's the only way that it will track properly.

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    Jonathan Hurst Dec 11, 2014

    Never mind. Managed to fix it. I was calibrating the balance wrong.



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The anti-skating control adds an outward pull to the arm to compensate for the inward pull exerted on the arm when a record is being played.

Setting the anti-skating control to "0" should virtually eliminate the drift you mention when the arm is in neutral balance. Also make sure that the whole unit is level as this may also affect the arm's tendency to drift.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014

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    Jonathan Hurst Dec 13, 2014

    Thanks John! I managed to figure it out. I was calibrating the balance incorrectly. Once I actually saw someone do it, it made much more sense than just reading it and I was able to correctly calibrate it.



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Hi, Assuming the the turntable is on a level platform and that you have "adjusted the weight and anti skating correctly", might it not be just the styli/cartridge that's left in question? Visually check the styli/cartridge assembly, look for unevenness of wear on the needle itself, compare with a known good styli the angle. On some rare instances, it is the shielded wire inside the arm. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things are or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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Tonearm lift is probably a deteriorated belt. Google it, it's pretty common. The platter spinning might be due to a bad control board. You'll probably have to go to a repair shop to diagnose it.

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No continuity means you have an OPEN, not a short.

Before you tear the tonearm apart, check each of the 4 contacts for continuity to the various RCA cable conductors. Two will be to the outer conductors (ground) and each of the other two should have continuity to one and only one center conductor, NO grounds.

The wires are very fine and crimps may have failed, or oxide has built up on the contacts within the headshell. Sometimes repeated plug/unplug action will clean them up.

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SOURCE: I've just set up my Technics SL D212 turntable after moving house. It keeps skidding across records. I've tried the usual adjustments and leveled the turntable. Any clues?

Please make 100% certain the needle is still in place... To test this *GENTLY* rub your fingertip over it and you should hear noise from the speakers when you do. If there is NO noise then there is likely no needle.
Did you put the protective device on the needle/arm for the move? Is it still on there?
Sorry Mate, that the only thing I've got to help....

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