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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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  • Dj illskill Apr 27, 2008

    everything seems to be adjusted properly but the stylus is ever so slightly swaying back and forth on the record causing it to skip. I have tyed everything short of taking it all apart what should I do. Dj illskill.



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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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Be sure you are using a brand new needle.

Remove the thread from the machine.

ALWAYS RAISE THE PRESSER FOOT and rethread the upper thread from the beginning. Make sure the thread path is correct.

Verify the bobbin is installed and turning the correct direction in the bobbin case and that the bobbin thread is threaded through the bobbin tension mechanism.

Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number--this may require some adjustment for your particular machine.

Pull the bobbin thread to the top of your sewing project before beginning to stitch.
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Re-test your machine on a scrap quilt sandwich (make sure the walking foot is installed correctly and that the presser foot is lowered when beginning to stitch).

Consult the owner's manual for instructions for presser foot pressure. The pressure may need to be adjusted because you are dealing with a sandwich that is thicker than regular fabric.

You may also try changing the type and size sewing machine needle you are using. Using a Top Stitch or Microtext needle will help the needle to penetrate the fabric sandwich easier. A Top Stitch needle has a larger groove to protect the thread as it pierces the fabric which helps prevent looping.

Also, verify the thread is not too small for the needle's eye.

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Tone arm is hard to move and when it's placed on a record the needle sticks at on spot on the record. the same needle and record plays fine on other technics 1200 mk5. seems like the arm has resistance in...


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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