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M44-7 wobbles i understand that the m44-7 has a high popularity for not skipping but im having a problem when im scratching, the stylus wobbles back and forth causing it to skip, does anyone have an answer to this, plaese help. thank you

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Turntable skipping

It sounds like you need to adjust the need tension (counter-weight thingy on the other end). If the needle is too "light" on the disk, it will float around and over the groove walls. Make sense?
Another thing is th tracking resistance of the stylus arm (if your player has this adjustment).. This one puts resistance on the horizontal movement to keep it from "skipping" when a deep scratch is encountered playing an album.

The higher end players have these and many more adjustments which were made to counter scratches and deformities in vinyl records. My father had one which used a laser instead of an actual needle to read the track groove so that no wear occurs in playback.. (star wars stuff, right?)

Goiod luck to you, but I think those two are your issue.

Jan 29, 2014 | Crosley Turntables

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My PL120 turntable purchase new skips often and will hardly work with music played at a loud volume

The first problem could be the stylus needs cleaning. Please shine some light on the stylus ( needle ) and see if it has picked up dirt from the record groove. This will prevent the stylus from tracking the song properly. Clean using a fine brush in the direction in which the stylus passes the record groove i.e from back of the pick up arm to front- NEVER SIDEWAYS.
Next check the counterweight adjustment at the back of the Pick up arm. The tracking force should be between 1.5 to 3 grams depending on the brand of the cartridge. What ever be the chosen weight the antiskating knob should also be set to the same number.
The skipping can also be because of heavy bass vibration traveling up the body of the Turntable.Good turntables have a floating suspension to prevent this. The tuntable platter will be suspended on springs.You can place it on a rubber Matt or move it away from the speakers ,esp: sub woofers.

Apr 06, 2011 | Audio Technica AT-PL120 Turntable

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Well im not too sure if my needle is broken but when i play a record i cannot hear sound and it sounds like my record is being scratched. Do i need to keep the white cap on the needle or not? or is it just...

It's called a stylus. What red or white caps are we talking about? Some phono cartridges come with stylus guards that flip up out of the way for play or down to protect the stylus from damage while in storage or during tonearm balancing. The stylus needs to touch the record groove directly.

Jul 14, 2010 | Numark ttUSB Turntable

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When i play a record it skips and when i play it on another turntable the same record doesnt skip

Hi, most likely a worn stylus or the tracking weight is set too lightly. Adjust the balance weight at the back end of tonearm forward slightly. If no weight adjustment available put a very small coin on the end of tonearm above the stylus.

Jul 08, 2010 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

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Jukebox makes records skip.

Most skip problems are caused by a worn stylus or not enough pressure being applied to the stylus. This being caused by the weight on the end on the tone arm being off place.

Jun 20, 2010 | Turntables

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Arm's Weight

Not by design.

Tracking Force and anti-skate are preset and unfortunately not adjustable in many modern turntables . You want to be cautious with modifying it if only a couple of your records skip.

If you DO decide to try modifying it consder that the tracking force is in the probable range of 2-4 grams. In the old prehistoric days before T'Ts had adustable tracking and antiskate we would place a dime or penny on top of the cartridge shell to assert the stylus into the groove. THAT is a bad idea unless excessive record and stylus wear is unimportant to you.

Is there anything that might contribute to skipping (not level, scratches, warps, environmental vibrations, loud speakers nearby)?

Apr 01, 2010 | Audio Technica AT-PL50 Turntable

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Tone arm skipping records.

The anti skate adjustment. And if you scratch @ all....move the weight all the way in and take off the little extra one that screws in on the back. Also a great tracking needle is a M44G.

Mar 03, 2010 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

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Digitech turntable - skipping stylus and arm

You might need to apply more pressure to the stylus. There should be a weight on the end of the arm, it should have a control to move it up and down. The only other thing is the stylus damaged from transit?

Feb 02, 2010 | Turntables

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My sl-5 skips on records often, Could it be the stylus pressure? how do i adjust the pressure? I've seen that this is a common problem with this turntable. Also could f*%#ed up records be the reason for...

What brand TT? Technics?

This from the manual:

"Place the unit in a stable and horizontal position where there is little or no vibration."

"Place the unit away from the speakers so that it will be subject to as little direct sound radiation as possible."


"Adjust stylus pressure in the following cases:
Stylus pressure is normally set to to 1.25 g but may be raised or lowered by +-.25 g.
It may be necessary to increase stylus pressure when playing records cut at high levels, or when room temperature is low, or when the unit easily picks up external vibrations.

This will prevent distortion and groove-skipping. In such cases, turn the stylus pressure adjustment screw clcokwise (+), as indicated. (Fig. 12)

Do not turn the adjustment screw further than the set limits (1.5 g ~ 1.0 g)"

Jan 22, 2010 | Turntables

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Tonearm skips imediately to center of album

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.

Sep 08, 2009 | Turntables

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