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Pitch problem out of nowhere!

My very lightly used/traveled 3-year-old 1210's have never given me a problem until last week at a gig when one of them started pitching erratically...fine at 0%, but pitch up and it would be slowing and speeding seemingly randomly and jerking all over the place. I got them home, used them all week with no signs of the problem, get them out last night for a gig and there it is again, one deck having severe pitch or motor issues...trust me when i say that these decks have very little mileage on them. When the problem occurs, it happens about 70% of the time when i pitch up from 0. Any ideas?

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Ok ive also seen this problem many times and i have solved it many times also by simply cleaning the contacts (metal strips) i use "servisol super 10" switch cleaning lubricant but aftershave (alcohol) works fine. if this dont solve the problem then they will be ready for replacement but as you say they aint done a lot, so i reckon a clean and away :)

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HI Mattgood2

I believe this is a common problem more evident in decks that have a very hard life,
You pitch controls are probably due for replacements so I suggest you take then to the service agents to service them,
unless you know how to do the servicing

I grew up with Decks under my fingertips so I have seen this before and remember the only satisfing fix was a service and the pitch controls had to be replaced,

I thought I would have a go re-servicing myself and found far too many things to cover once the covers were off,

There are many things that need attention on the inside of these decks and the precise placement of each component is vital to the correct operation of this unit,peace of mind really

It takes a small amount of care to maintain these decks,
when they die or fail get a pro to fix the problem.
guess work only makes you look like an "Amatuer"

Please dont be offended (by my words) Ive done it too,LOL
I had a full dance floor and then nothing,the decks got replaced

What have you used to clean the pitch control sliders???

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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