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I balanced my tonearms correctly. i think .. but the stylus jumps off the record and when i back spin (cue) the needle skates drasticly. can you walk me through the balancing proceedure and tell me how to adjust the screw on top of the tone arm.

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    The adjustment is now poorly adjusted, only one channel of stereo music can be heard. I simple steps, using no techno speak, please tell me how to adjust it. The manual is not readable.

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Balancing the tone arm is a two step process. Set the needle weight adjustment to zero(0) and make sure that the tone arm is balanced. It should rest horizontally without touching anything. Next, set the needle weight (usually 1.5 grams). Both adjustments should be on the rear of the tone arm. That should cause the tone arm to drop toward the record and have the correct pressure for the needle. Also, check the anti-skate adjustment. If that is off, the behavior you describe will occur as well.

Dan

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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Register and download the manual for free at vinylengine.com

http://www.vinylengine.com/library/denon/dp-7f.shtml

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Make a note of the tracking force setting.


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