Question about Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Oh jeez. No one here has a clue about this turntable. AJ, you are correct to assume the tonearm is faulty. This tonearm has 3 pivoting screws - 2 control your vertical movement, and 1 controls the horizontal bearing. Your horizontal bearing is shot. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to fix this, and you will need to have your tonearm replaced. You can attempt to replace the tonearm yourself, however, I do not recommend it. You can purchase your TONEARM HERE or have it professionally repaired.
This is a common issue with used 1200s. People will stack stuff on top of them, and don't realize how fragile the tonearm really is. Also, if you had them shipped to you, many people will just stack 2 of these in 1 big box, and that's also how you get tonearm damage. These turntables are heavy, weighing in around 30lbs each. So shipping them individually is the best way. Never put anything on top of the tonearms.
The way the tonearm suspension works:
The 3 screws which control up/down and left/right movement of the tonearm are conical shaped screws. Meaning, they have a cone shape tip on the bottom. This cone section rests on top of 4 ball bearings, which are protected by a very thin layer of sheet metal. If any of these ball bearings or this sheet metal is damaged in any way shape or form, you will get the same problems you are experiencing. Also, this problem arises, when your tonearm screw (the top) is too tight, or misaligned. You can attempt to turn it, counter-clockwise to loosen it, but once you start messing with that screw, it's very hard to get it back to where it should be. It will release the tension, causing a stiff tonearm, but then you might end up with a loose tonearm, which is just as bad.
In any event, good luck!
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Posted on Feb 24, 2008
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.
Posted on Jan 25, 2008
SOURCE: Arm Looping
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
Posted on Jan 26, 2008
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