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Modification to SL-1210 Mk5

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I have noticed that the pitch fader on one of my SL 1210 Mk5's is no longer auto switching my deck to quartz lock when placed at 0%. However I can still use the reset button to get quartz lock if I want it. I am quite happy about this as it gives me more control near the +_0% area.

Im not sure what has caused this malfunction but I would like to re-create it on my other deck.

I would appreciate it if anyone was able to shed some light on this. In general the decks are well looked after and have not suffered any knocks or bumps. Both are in flight cases. If you know what I need to de-solder/detach inside the other deck to get the same results that would be great.

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So what does the turntable do at 0?

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Ok it could be the following of which is a very detailed way to go about fixing it so here we go:
1. Make sure your deck is set to 33rpm & that the pitch fader is at the greenlight or dead center spot. Remove the platter & plastic under covering that bares 5 phillips head screws. ee6d0e64-5572-4814-bdd5-3c288a65f86d.jpg 981b4425-f1bb-44db-8009-96c4f6f7045a.jpg
2. This is what it looks like without the platter & plastic cover.
3. Next flip your turntable over onto a big fluffy pillow to protect your tonearm mainly.
4. Remove the feet & all the screws from the bottom rubber cover. After that simply pull up the rubber cover easy & it may be a little tight in there so just do it nice & easy until it has been separated and completely removed out of the way.
5. Now on the underside of your pitch fader you'll see the board & locate the hole thats in that board & use a phillips screwdriver to turn it to the left all the way until it stops. db1b13b1-7724-4ad3-b6fb-849e4b202cf0.jpg
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8. After its unplugged flipp it bck over again& now you need to bust out your Multimeter & set it to the 20k mark. 87b1f47f-20ee-40f6-b803-9f7559643700.jpg
9. After that then take your 2 contact points and place them on these to solder joints on the pitch fader board to get your first reading. e11add40-cf29-46a9-8030-8ef186bb2662.jpg 6c759cec-641c-4d93-bf6d-5c3702914fd6.jpg
10. Again dont go by what reading I have in the picture but instead whatever reading your mutlimeter gives you & write that number down & now you have to get the 2nd reading.
11. First you must reach underneath & now you can slide the pitch fader back into the "0" position or in the middle again & then repeat the same process you did when you got the first reading by placing your contacts again back on the two solder points and take a 2nd reading.
12. Now while you hold the black/red contacts on the solder points, you take your screwdriver & place it back into that hole from earlier & slowly turn it to the right until you see the reading on the multimeter screen matching whatever the number was that you got on your 1st reading. When they match stop & flip over your turntable & make sure you re-connect that plug for your pitch fader.
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