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Basically, have just bought 1210's mark 5's one of them, the tone arm makes the Brand New cartridge skip when it gets to certain points, its because the tone arm sort of swivels, like something is not tightened properly./. Please help :-x

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I have this case now, i bought some mk2's. If u have a record that is single sided, put the side that dosent play on the slip matt, put the needle on it...add more weight if needed. it should stay where u put it, if it dosent...then it should be a case of moving the anti-skate, untill you are satisfied that it is not moving anymore. If u dont have a record like that, like i dont....i took the stylus off...and the slipmatt off...and let the cart run on the platter at 33, i hope it helps your problem, if i dosent then i would take it to a technician.

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Although I live in Canada now, I was born in the former
Czecholsovakia. While I spent a year in the Czech Republic in
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comparison to Canada or the US. If you want modern technology,
Prague is the place to go. Anyway ...

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and down. This setting must be set to match the stylus and
the cartridge !!! The wrong setting is very bad.

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5) Now, adjust the weight (with the dial) to read the desired
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7) Your tone arm is now balanced, and you should not
touch it after this, accept for minor adjustments.

For brand new records, you may lighten the tone-arm
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8) For some tone-arms and cartridges, the cartridge pitch
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Is it the lift consistent or does the tone-arm drop down
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