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Philips AF-829 won't pick up at the end of an album

When the tone arm reaches the ''end of the side'' position, the arm won't return to its normal resting position. I can hit the Stop button on the faceplate, and the tone arm will return so I know that mechanism works correctly. Some guy on another site said to check this as well, so the solutions posted here line up with other solutions as well.

I've never done anything like this and don't know whether I need to buy any special kind of LED and/or LDR. I'm hoping it's just something that will fit right in and plug in... any ideas on what sort of replacement parts I might need?

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There should be a set screw that you can tighten in order to adjust the height return. If you do not have anything like this, perhaps your record is raised too much. How thick is your rubber mat? Do you have any other mats sitting on top of this?

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Hi, Try this. with it turned off. Lift tone arm across a record to the run out groove and set it down. Now power up and hopefully it will reset itself. In all honesty I would sell it and get a decent old school player. John. Styluscity.com

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