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Needle drag Lately, my arm has failed to play the enitre record. It will play the first 3 minutes of a track then get "stuck" and not continue towards the center of the record. This causes the stylis of my needle to drag and causes terrible sound quality. What should i adjust to help the arm continue on its correct path and not get "stuck"

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Hi, i know this sounds stupid but have u tried using a different record as the record your using may have a defect which wont allow it to play any further. I would also make sure that you weight the tonearm as much as possible but not to much that you wear ur needles out. Let me know how you get on. Gud luck!

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