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Loose / wobbly platter?

The platter wobbles a tiny bit when pressure is applied - the platter sits on the spindle apparatus just fine, it looks like the spindle itself is loose. Will some screw tightening do the trick, or does it sound like a more involved problem? Thanks!

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  • djrelentless Apr 21, 2009

    Yep I have the same problem, it wobbles up and down and when you try and drop a track in it skips and definitely should not be doing that!



    The platter was hard to take off at first but I managed in the end and nothing looks out of the ordinary. It's hard to know how old the decks are because they were bought from a second hand shop.

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This is a common problem. If you have another 1200 turntable, switch out the platters and see if that fixes the problem. Usually, the problem does not carry over.

There is nothing to screw or tighten. You can install a new SPINDLE - and it should fix it. But might not be necessary if you just swap your platters out.

Good luck!

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