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Cueing Problems on Technics SL-1300MK2

Technics SL-1300MK2 turntable.

The cueing lever does not lift the tone arm. Possible trouble is with the oil damper. Parts seem to be near impossible to find. Can this item be fixed by taking oil damper apart and putting in either new seals or more oil?

what grade of silicone oil would this use and where to find it?

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  • clarkreter Apr 01, 2008

    Hi Geno,

    Thanks for all the help and the info on the oil.

    Here is what my tonearm is not doing:

    During auto play it does not lift the tonearm and move it to the start position. Also the tonearm does not lift when engaging the cueing arm manually. I have to physically lift the arm and set it on the turntable.

    In the past I could lift the tonearm but it would not hold the arm in place and slowly dropped.

    Your mention of being mechanical, I looked at the schematics and don't see anything that looks mechanical that would raise the arm. The cueing lift arm is connected to a plate and underneath the "oil damper" is screwed to the plate.

    Maybe there is a mechanical connection I am not seeing so I will rethink the only problem being the oil damper.

    Thanks again for the help,



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Usually the damping fluid is to let the tone arm lower slowly, lifting is usually a mechanical link. Read THIS.

Hope that helps...


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