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Fisher price 1978 record player

This item is in perfect working condition except that when you put the need arm on the record is skips. It is not the record because it does it to all of the records that I have.

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The Fisher Price record player has a device that prevented kids from pressing the needle down and sctratching the record. If you look at the cartridge where the needle is inserted, you will see that it floats up and down. The problem is that this keeps the needle from having enough pressure to play the record. Pennies just make the cartridge recede further into the arm. If you wedge something above the cartridge, the needle won't float and the it will play your records. I've had four of these and none of them worked until I figured this out.

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It might be that there is some kind of resistance not allowing the arm to "skate" across the record freely. If there is even the smallest degree of resistance then the arm will effectively stay in one place when it should be moving along with the grooves of the vinyl.

OR - if the needle is does not have the correct tip or is worn severely, it will not fit properly into the grooves and will very easily skip (and sound terrible when playing).

Judging by the age of the unit, look into the first option. Make sure the arm moves freely across the entire range of the album.

Good luck.

Posted on Aug 04, 2008

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Need to ask also -- if the needle fails to move - just keep repeating in the same grove -- solution?????

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Mine did the same thing so I stacked about six pennies together and duct taped them on right above the needle

Posted on Mar 17, 2009

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