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1210 problem The problem occurs on both decks. At mid to high volume when the needle is on the record if i touch or tap anywhere on the deck u hear the tap thru the speakers . At high volume im getting a rumbling noise which comes and goes. It is not my cartridges, Have just replaced rca cables and ground wire and am pretty sure done it properly. have been told may be tone arm but wot can go wrong with tonearm to cause this?

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Also at high volume you may be getting feed back caused by vibrations from the speakers through the decks

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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Those are just standard phonograph player characteristics in my experience. You'll hear a tap on the deck because there's essentially a live mic ( the needle ) physically coupled with the record on the turntable and the rest of the phonograph player even though they try to dampen the coupling of the turntable as much as possible. The rumbling noise at high gain is because the turntables being driven by a motor via gears or a belt and creates some  vibration, wich is transmitted through the turntable and picked up by the transducer ( needle ), low frequency rumble, just like a recording studio on a busy street may pick up from road vibration/ noise.

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A LITTLE TIP FOR YOU ....u should never wipe or
touch the tip of a needle with your fingers coz the greese off your skin ***** them.blow it or use a little fine brush.

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