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MAKE MY TONEARM STOP SKATING

I AM ORIGINAL OWNER OF JVC COMPONENT SYSTEM PURCHASED IN 1986. PLAYED VINYL LESS AND LESS AS YEARS WENT BY. HAVE REVIVED INTEREST IN PLAYING MY OLD RECORDS. PROBLEM: WHEN THE TONEARM DROPS TO PLAY, IT WANTS TO SLIDE A QUARTER INCH OR SO ACROSS THE RECORD BEFORE IT SETTLES. IS THERE AN ADJUSTMENT I NEED TO ADDRESS? ANY INFORMATION ON FINETUNING MY TRACKING, ETC. WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS FOR HELP, JOHN

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  • OLD HIPPIE Jan 11, 2008

    THIS IS THE ONLY ADJUSTMENT I CAND FIND. THERE'S ONE ON EACH SIDE. THANKS, JOHN

  • OLD HIPPIE Jan 11, 2008

    CAN'T FIND A WEIGHT ADJUSTMENT.

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It's possible your weight adjustment has been mis-adjusted since you last used your turntable. On the tonearm, there should be a weight adjustment wheel. Turn this all the way towards the needle (IN). Now, adjust it backwards until there is no resistance in the tone arm - this is your zero point, reset the wheel on the weight adjustment knob to read 0. Now, adjust it forward to 3 grams of downward pressure. This is usually the minimum amount of force needed on a record. If it still skates at this setting, adjust it with gradual amounts of greater force until the skating stops.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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    Lucus Keppel Jan 11, 2008

    The knob on the back is the weight of which I am speaking - not the circle, but the counter weight. In addition, it looks like you have an anti-skate mechanism that can be tried if my first suggestion fails.

    It also looks as if your tonearm counterweight does not have the measurements marked onto it. It should still spin in and out, however. Adjust it by rotating the counterweight counter-clockwise, until it is in the complete forward position. This position will apply the maximum amount of pressure to the cartridge.

    There should now be a feeling of weight and resistance when the head of the tonearm (containing the cartridge) is raised and lowered. Begin rotating the counterweight clockwise (away from the pivot point) until the weight and resistance feeling is gone. It should feel like there is no resistance, indicating exactly 0 grams of stylus pressure.

    Now, rotate the counterweight exactly one rotation counter-clockwise - this should be about three grams of pressure. Start with this position, test it with a LP, and gradually increase the pressure until the arm comes down in the correct spot.

    Also ensure that your turntable is in LP (33 rpm) mode vs 45 rpm mode. If it is looking for a 45, the tonearm may not settle until it is beyond the edge of an LP record.

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