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Tonearm skips imediately to center of album

Tonearm moves immediately to end (center) of album, instead of dropping at start and playing. It started moving part way in first (skipping the first track or so), but now it skips the whole thing.

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Your needle (stylus) is either worn out or not seated properly. If you continue to try using it without the problem being corrected, it will ruin your records. You can check it to see if it's worn out by dragging your finger over it, lightly, from back to front only. It should feel like a small pin. It should also be seated into the groove on the tonearm. If this doesn't correct the problem, replace it.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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Your stylus is damaged or worn. Or some one may have spun the balancing weight at the rear of the tonearm. Reset the weight so that it will drop when two postage stamps are lain upon the stylus end of the arm.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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This should work with some modifications for your specific controls...

Make a note of the tracking force setting.


Make sure the turntable is level.


Unplug the power to the turntable.

Using the tonearm elevation control, raise the tonearm.

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Manually rotate the platter ClockWise a few turns to disengage any cueing mechanisms.

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