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Strange speed So, my parents got me this record player a couple of years ago as a misguided Christmas gift, but I have a giant record collection at this point and no money to get a better one, so I'm hoping somebody can just tell me how to make this one play at the correct speed. It's been about a year since I've even used it, but after my most recent set-up at a new apartment, I've discovered it plays at some mystery speed between 33 and 45, no matter which setting it's on. I can only think that it's a belt-wearing problem, but wouldn't it just play slower and/or slip, stick, alternate slow/normal speed if the belt was worn out? Some background: it's been moved through 5 or 6 apartments in this time, including a 1500 mile road trip, so some sort of injury is definitely plausible. thanks!

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    The same thing happened to mine, but it just happened overnight. I didn't move the player or anything... all of a sudden it just has stopped playing correctly. I have read similar complaints about this model and am beginning to think that the motor itself is sub par (or designed to break after a few years).

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Don't have a solution, but similar problem...turntable is too fast on 33, and even faster on 45 rpm setting. Turntable had not been moved...just played fine one day, and berserk the next..There appears to be some sort of adjustment on the motor but don't know for what, and without a calibrated strobe don't know how one would adjust anyway, even if one could. Agree it's probable just a crappy motor/design.

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Well, there isn't much on this unit that controls the speed. It's either your belt or your motor that's gone or going bad. Try replacing the belt first. If you still have the same issue, you might need to have a tech look at it. The 33/45 switches might have also gone out, but it doesn't like this is the issue.

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