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Needle skips and runs over record to the end and will not return

I gave my brother one of these units I have one and it works fine, when he plays a 33 record the stylus skips and he said the record just runs across and will not return back.

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  • TimmeJT Dec 25, 2008

    I bought this for my son for Christmas and thought I got a good deal. He wanted to play old vinyl LPs but the needle just slides across the record. We tried new records and old. Skips a little less on old LPs but still skips and doesn't return. Guess it's back to the store unless someone has an idea...

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SOURCE: Problem playing 45 Records to their entirety.

There is an adjustment on the tone arm that you use to set where the tone arm picks up at the end of the record. This adjustment is normaly at the back (pivot point) of the tone arm and will be on the side probably. By the way, the tone arm is the part that the stylus is mounted to that swings back and forth to reach all the surface of the record. Make your adjustment and then test and continue doing this until you get it just where you want it. It is a process of trial and error. Good luck.

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From your description it sounds like there is insufficient weight on the needle end of the pick up arm.

The pickup arm is very delicate in its balance at the "rear arm end" fulcrum.

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It pays to ask if they are Pepared to repair stuff for you , then get a commitment of a reasonable repair date and time in writing.

If this date and time is exceeded then you dont have to pay for the repairs do you??
As they have missed the service level agreement you had with them for the reapir date and time..

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