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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 moving and does not allow the needle to sit all the way down in the groove of the record.

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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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