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Technics 1210 tone arm is really stiff.

The tone arm is extremely stiff when moving horizontally. It's so stiff that it doesn't move across a record when i try and play it. It simply stays in the same spot. I assumed that it must be something to do with the weights, particularly the anti skate, but after messing around with all the weights the problem persists. Could it be something to do with dust? Any help you can give would be much appreciated. 
Thanks in advance, Tim

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Re: Technics 1210 tone arm is really stiff. - Technics SL-1210 Turntable Turntables

Sounds more like the grease is hard

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