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Re: very low torque
It's not expensive to fix, but can be a pain, as you will need to have a service technician replace one of the IC's which control the drive. The part itself will run you about $20 or less, and the labor - figure 1 hour worth of work. So it will run about $80-100 depending on the rates of the company.
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If i may ask, do you need extra torque above the stock one, which can be done or don't you know how to adjust the torque on a standard table and which torque do you want to increase, the start torque, which is the nonsense eveybody talks about, but your standard drive torque is way lower and why do you want it higher. Not to scratch, there's the standard torque high enough for. Or you have a cheap plattermat with way to high resistance, but as high as a vestax you won't get it. The ttx is nice...... i would spend money get rid of the space on the tonearm and cheap capacitors replacement in the unit, cause they ain't made for a constant higher current.
You can try to recalibrate it by using the potentionmeter or 'pots' as they are sometimes called. There are two of them. One is on the main circuit board and one is on the pitch control. Either way you will have to take it apart to get to them.
Important*** When you have the platter off, do not hit the start/stop button!! This will ruin your motor.***
The easiest thing to do is order a new pitch control. They are relatively inexpensive and they are easy to replace.
Check whether the drive belt is in position. If it has slipped out of the motor pulley, turn table won't turn when you push start button. Mke sure that power chord is connected firmly and the power does comes to the player. If drive belt is deteriorated replace it.
There is no other special faults to occur to the player. You have the manual and refer to its fittings. OK.
I have the exact same problem for the same model. Only spins at 45 and I sometimes have to kick-start it.
I tried de-activating the switch (so that it's not making a connection) and therefore in the 33 position but that does not help.
if the platter is removable by you and easily, might need just a little cleaning and lube at the center . the platter is the top rotating plate that you were pushing to get started.simply pulls out around a center key. check with local service shops how much they would charge for this kind of cleaning and lubing. $25.00 might be a good price to allow a decision, whether to buy a new.
this problem is almost 1 of two things
A) the new stylus is not seated perfectly into the body of the cartridge. if you suspect this, email pics to turntableneedles (the at sign) comcast.net before pushing too hard on anything.
B) if the setup changed you might need a preamp to boost the signal if it is not hooked up to the phono input on the receiver.
They actually need to be "broken in". The mk5 uses a different pitch board, allowing you to reverse, pitch up and down to 16, and lock and unlock the quartz. The mk5 is more precise, so its also more sensitive. Notice the notches on the turntable shaft behind the tonearm weight. The mk5 is just make to be finer calibrated.....your decks are fine, and more so probably your mk2s as well.
Oh and also, the infinite lubrication used on technics that was developed in the 70s is no match for the formula developed in the late 90s. Slick!!
do both of your numarks make the same sound? what is the weird sound? The magnet is 1 piece, so I am not sure if it has come loose - very hard to come loose. Check to see if there is any debris inside the magnet/coil area. Sometimes staples, small metal items get stuck to the platter. Just lift the platter off the turntable, to expose the coil and the magnet.
If all is clear, then you obviously have a more serious issue. However, you will have to be more detail in describing what kind of problem your having:
- Does your turntable power on?
- Does it sound weird when you press the play button or does it make a sound even when the platter is not rotating?
- This happening to both turntables?
- Did you buy these units new or used?
- If used, do you know the history of the turntables?
- Does it affect the speed or playing ability of the unit?
- Do you use the unit on the road? Move it around?
- Did this just start happening instantly, or was it something that just got louder over time?
I know it's a lot of questions, but I need as much information as possible to properly source the problem via this limited method.