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Wavering speed. Hello, I own a Stanton STR8-20.  Recently, the speed has been wavering noticeably.  Not radically, but enough to make the records phase in and out of tune, which is extremely irritating.  I've tried removing and reseting the belt and such, but with no luck.  Is there anything I can do?

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You'll need to contact Stanton for support on this, as they do not have any authorized service centers. All repairs are done in house. However, because this is an older model, I am not sure they support it any more.

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Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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