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Turntable buzzes I have an old Technics turntable (Model SL-D2) that makes a buzzing sound. I replaced the cartridge but that didn't help. Any suggestions? Is there a short somewhere? Thanks.

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    My turntables does the same thing I can't figure it out!

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Check connection of ground wire (thin black cable)

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More than likely your RCA's need to be replaced. There is no need to open it up, as the ground wire rarely every comes loose. It's held down by a screw & soldered to the circuit board. Unless you pulled on the ground wire.

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1) Technics Tonearm - Check the 4 prongs inside the tonearm. Make sure they are all clean (shiny gold), and all protruding the same distance. There are springs behind these prongs, and often times they do come loose over time or overtightening.

2) Technics RCA Cables - This is more than likely the culprit.

3) Cartridge/Headshell - swap out with your good unit. If it works, then your good. Just replace cartridge

With the exception of #3, the other 2 will require assistance from a qualified service technician, otherwise you could cause more damage to your turntables.

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