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All my vinyl sounds warped on turntable

Happened suddenly. previously, albums sounded fine. Am wondering if this is due to belt problem on turntable or something else. It's a fairly old (but good quality) technics. Have used it for years, never had a problem till now.

Couldn't find the model in the list so I chose the first one - it's actually an SL-B200 Technics turntable.

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  • RealNeatGuy Jul 23, 2008

    i have a Direct Drive Turn-Table that somehow has the same problem. i opened it up to look at it and noticed that it spins unevenly. The rotation slows down and speeds up. Sometimes its unoticeable on 33's but on 45's its impossible, just totally warped.

    Its a Gemini XL 500 II...its really nice, which is why i want to know if theres anything I can do before i chuck it and get a belt drive for cheap...

    any help would be real...neat



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Most common problem is the belt getting soft, especially if it has sat for a long time. It will get a weak spot where it sat on the drive pulley and every time the turntable goes around and hits that weak spot it will slow down a little making it sound like a warped album.

The belts are usually very easy to replace. Usually just lift off the turntable or there might be a small clip on the center pin, then it lifts off. Replacement belts can be ordered from several places, as shown in this search...

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Buy some direct drive turntables!!

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