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Arm Looping I just got a pair of 1200's MKII and one of them is constantly looping, the needle does move on the grooves its stays fixated at one point! Any Ideas?

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Ive had this problem djing in front of 700 people...Not good!! i can tell you exactly what it is, the tone arm bearings are being pinched too tight or there is a tiny piece of debris in the bearing race of your tone arm or blatentley your vinyl is scratched lol.... assuming you ve set your stylus correctly and the turntable is level on both axis???? slightly unscrew the tiny screw on top of the tone arm just enough to release the pressure on the bearings inside, but not so much that it wobbles about??? happy mixing

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Technics website may have one. The counter weight has a setscrew on it. Loosen it ans move the weight slightly forward until the needle just rests completely in the groove and stays there. Too much will cause excessive wear to the needle and the record.

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Make sure that the wires leading from the tone arm are not binding. And you might also want to check for bearing friction in the tone arm. Under light stylus pressure conditions, low friction is mandatory.

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The cause of that is a completely worn out stylus! Or if you have replaced it or it is good, then there is not enough weight on the stylus. You can adjust this by adjusting the weight control on the end of the arm. Try 1.5 to start with, then test a record. If it stays in the groove and doesn't rumble then you are good. If it doesn't stay in the grooves increase the weight by a small amount and test again. Keep repeating this till it stays in the groove and doesn't rumble. If it rumbles decrease the weight.

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There are two reasons this will happen first the stylus is so worn it can't stay in the record groove. The second is there is not enough pressure being applied. Generally each cartridge will have it's own required weight. You can look up the model number of the cartridge to see what this is. To set it right however is sometimes a trial and error procces. At the end of the arm is a weight. You should see some numbers on it. You turn this to the number advised for the cartridge. This might be around 1.5 to 2. Then you try a record. If it stays in the groove and there's no rumble sound then you have right. If it's not staying in the groove increase the weight from say 1.5 to 1.8 and retry. Keep doing this till it stays in the groove. If you get to much rumble decrease the weight - again slowly and test like before.

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I just purchases a Technics 1200 turntable for $70.00. I have found a problem, at the end of the album, the arm does not auto return, but just stays on the album. Could this be a simple problem,...

First off, Congratulations on such a excellent deal! That's a $500.00 turntable. I know I own a pair and I've been a DJ for 18 years.

Second, the Technics 1200 does not have an auto return. You have to pick up the needle and bring it back manually.

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There's not enough pressure to keep the stylus down in the grooves. Increase the weight (on the end of the arm).

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Ensure that the turntable is sitting as flat as possible and does not allow any external vibration to penetrate.
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You have a bad tone arm. I have the same tables. You need to get it repaired if under warrenty. Or there is a service manaul online you can get from ebay. Service center for our tables is Panasonic.

I had the same problem on mine. But while it is in the shop they recalibarte it

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Generally speaking, needle should follow the groove, if following not present:

1. dust and grime built up in the groove that stops need to pass. you should be able to hear "click, click, click" each time needle comes to the same spot. - clean your record in details.
2. cartridge/arm bias and weight too light causing needle to skid over path. - adjust the effective bias and weight according to cartridge spec.

If problem persist, write me again.


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