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My PL120 turntable purchase new skips often and will hardly work with music played at a loud volume

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The first problem could be the stylus needs cleaning. Please shine some light on the stylus ( needle ) and see if it has picked up dirt from the record groove. This will prevent the stylus from tracking the song properly. Clean using a fine brush in the direction in which the stylus passes the record groove i.e from back of the pick up arm to front- NEVER SIDEWAYS.
Next check the counterweight adjustment at the back of the Pick up arm. The tracking force should be between 1.5 to 3 grams depending on the brand of the cartridge. What ever be the chosen weight the antiskating knob should also be set to the same number.
The skipping can also be because of heavy bass vibration traveling up the body of the Turntable.Good turntables have a floating suspension to prevent this. The tuntable platter will be suspended on springs.You can place it on a rubber Matt or move it away from the speakers ,esp: sub woofers.
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Posted on Apr 06, 2011

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    Jacob Paul Apr 06, 2011

    Since you said its new ,. You could have forgotten to remover the transit screws ( lock ).
    Try shaking the turntable platter if it feels stiff the transit screws are on. It should move from side to side as if suspended from a spring.

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