Question about Technics SL-1210 Turntable
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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this could be the tone arm bearings too tight,damaged or in need of a little oil.
i had a similar problem on my 1210, it kept jumping all the time,ruining my mixes! it turned out it was the bearings too tight.
unscrew the counter weight so that the arm hovers over the platter and move it to the centre with anti-skate on zero.
slowly turn the anti-skate round to three and the arm should move over to the arm rest smoothly,if it stops before the arm rest or isnt smooth theres your problem,loosen the bearing adjuster slightly and try the hover routine again until its as smooth as you can get it. it is possible,if the turntable has been transported without dust covers the bearings or the pin could be slightly damaged from knocks on the top of the tone arm assembly.
let me know how you get on or if you need any more help.
Oct 10, 2007 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable
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