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Drive Belt on Pioneer PL120-II Turntable

Somewhere throughout the years I've inherited a Pioneer PL120-II turntable. Recently I thought I'd get it working to use as a backup for my Technics SLD-2. The Pioneer wouldn't work due to a missing drive belt. I ordered one on-line and for the PL120-II it specified a 23 1/2" belt. When I went to replace it, the belt seems much too big. There is an active drive shaft around which the belt goes (I thought) and a passive idler spindle that the platter slips down onto. My thought now is that there's some kind of rubber pulley assembly that affixes to the drive shaft that I'm missing. (There's a sticky, melted-rubber-like substance all around the drive shaft.) Can anybody shed some light on this?

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  • cruisers Jan 26, 2008

    Same problem. Was there a rubber idler wheel that went around the

    spinning draft shaft?

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2008

    As a matter of fact I was just looking online for a replacement for this model for my dads b-day. I am pretty sure my little brother turned it on while playing with it and it ran until the band burned out. If i remember right my dads had the same sticky substance all over the center spindle, i think its remnants from the band breaking and being wound around the center until it got hot and melted.


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Clean the spindle with alcohol and put a single drop of thin oil at the bottom of it
the sticky stuff is the rubber corroding
if the belt is not too stretched , boil it in water with some vinegar for a couple of minutes , if its too bad then replace it

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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I've got one and it doesn't have anything on the spinning bit, it's just metal.  The band seems to fit okay, but the speed's all wrong.  Don't know what the problem is.  Any ideas?

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