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Platter jurk All the lights go out except for the on/off switch and the platter moves to and fro but does not turn, almost like two magnets passing each other, had a problem with the pitch, now go due to new board and pitch, was wondering if that had anything to do with it as was fine up until the pitch went

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Not a pitch issue. This is a drive issue. The drive circuits are located underneath the turntable platter, on the main PCB. They usually go bad, more recently then before, unfortunately.

Not an easy fix, but not an expensive fix either, as the components are relatively cheap. It is time consuming, and if you have someone work on it who doesn't know what they are doing, could run up a nice tab on the repair. So be careful where you take it to. Ask them if they've worked on Drive Issues on 1200s before. If they look at you like, huh? STAY AWAY.

- Davis

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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    technics1200 Aug 22, 2011

    Very good advice. We fix them all the time. Sadly more so on the MK5's then any model.

    Check our site and feel free to send us an email. To lower the cost we only need you to ship us the board.




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