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Well on my technics MK2 1210's, the little anti sketch settings and all the others probably arent set to what they are supposed to be, because my needle arm keeps jumping :P could someone tell me what all those little settings should be set at? cheers.

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Thank you this was very helpful.

Posted on May 23, 2008

You need to balance the tone arm, do this by setting the tone arm weight to zero. Then screw the tone arm back so that it is perfectly balanced (the tone arm is leveled and completely parallel to the turntable, do this without a vinyl on the turntable). Then mark this as zero on the weight measurer. Then put a vinyl on the turntable and slowly turn the weight to the specified weight for the needle. If not know use somewhere between 2.5 or 3 which are usually average you should be able by the difference in sounds frequencies, which weight pressure sounds the best. After this set the anti-skate corresponding to the weight of the tonearm.

Posted on May 21, 2008

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If your a heavy turntablists or plan on using your 1200 for DJing, set the anti-skate to ZERO. If your just using this turntable to play vinyl, with not backcueing features, then set the anti-skate to the same setting as your balance weight.

If your needle still skips, the problem might be a worn needle, damaged tonearm, or improperly set balance weight.

CLICK HERE for instructions on balancing your tonearm for DJ use. If after all this your tonearm still skips, replace the cartridge/stylus. If it still skips, then the problem is with your tonearm and will need to be replaced.

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There are two main things that will influence the anti skate settings.

1) The Headshell Weight and Balance
Firstly, check the data sheet for the cartridge and stylus you are using. It should tell you the correct weight setting which will vary from one cartridge and stylus to another. If the stylus is set too light, it can skate across the disc. This can damage the disc and the stylus. The sound will also be thin and it is likely to distort on high frequencies. If the weight is too heavy, it will not jump but will definitely damage the disc.

If you are a serious vinyl user, get yourself a tone arm balance. This is a device that you place on the turntable and you rest the stylus on a plate which is marked in micrograms. You place the stylus exactly at the correct weight marking and then make adjustments to the turntable settings until the tone arm is balanced. It's easier than it sounds!

If you don't have the data sheet for your cartridge and stylus and cannot find it online, use an old disc that you don't mind damaging, set the weight on the light side and gradually increase the weight until it stops skating.

2) Platter Levelling
Secondly, you need to make sure your turntable us on a level surface. If you are a purist, use a spirit level. to do this.

There are other things that can cause skating and jumping, especially if you use the turntable as a DJ. For example, vibration (caused hopefully by dozens rocking to your music). DJs will often increase the headshell weight very slightly to overcome this and I have sometimes placed the turntables on a thick rubber sheet such as carpet underlay to improve shock absorption.

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