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1210 Constantly Skipps

I have recently bought a 1210 and i am finding that it constantly skips. I got some brand new cartridges and needles for it and theses don't help. I have played about with all the settings and it just doent work. If you put a weight like a coin on top of the cartridge, then it works. But the signal sent to my mixer is very week. Not strong enough to be able to mix. If you take the weight off the cartridge the signal strength goes right up but it then starts skipping again. The weight on the back in on 0 and if you adjust is at all then the tone arm doent even tough the vinyl, the height is also very low around 0. I really don't know what to do from here.

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More than likely your tonearm is damaged. There is a small screw towards the rear of the tonearm. If you loosen this it may solve your problem. However, please be careful, because once you adjust this screw, it is very hard to get it right. That screw is known as a 'conical' screw, and has a cone shaped tip. This tip sits on top of 4 very small ball bearings, which are held in place by a very thin piece of sheet metal. If any of these are damaged, you will have to replace the tonearm. If they are not damaged, and your conical screw just became misaligned, then it is possible to salvage your tonearm. However, be very careful when turning this screw. Turn it counterclockwise very slowly, about a hair of a turn... yes, I said a HAIR of a turn. Then put the needle back on the record and observe what happens. If the problem persists, turn it a little bit more. Keep doing it until the problem is solved. You will eventually have to have the tonearm replaced, as this screw will start to loosen over time, once it's been adjusted.

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