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Tone Arm The problem that I am Having is with the screw on top of the tone arm. It is too tight. The needle stays in the same place on the LP. I have tried to loosen it and have damaged a number of screwdrivers. The screw is stuck. Any suggestions on how to loosen it ?  Thanks...Dj Mike Music PHX AZ.

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    The problem sounds very similar. The tone arm is very stiff moving left to right. It's been sitting on a shelf for 12 yrs and I need to remaster an album onto CD. The neddle skips and stays in one place. I tried to increase the wait but that didn't help either. What can I do??? I have very good fixing skills including soldering etc...
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(remedy) ok you can take the whole tone arm (remove the screw under the tunrtable , the rubber and the hard black and  go to the tone arm position (under) there is 3 screw to loosen and then try to burn wher the screw position .i mean take some lighter.but be carefull...

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If this does not help, see if the tone arm manual lift handle is operational and fully released when the arm sits on the record.

Another possible cause are the tone arm position sensors inside the unit.

Hope you can fix it.

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Regarding the poor sound quality (and possibly the skipping):
check the needle condition, see if exchanging it with a needle (or the entire pickup head) from a working turntable does any good.

Check the pickup connection pins (contacts on the pickup head and on the end of the wires coming through the arm from the unit), see if there is any dirt or oxydation and clean the contacts if necessary, also check for any damage to the wires.

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Hey, I'm having the same problem. I found this with a little help from a small site I found called Google:

http://www.divdev.fsnet.co.uk/repair3.htm

Here's what he suggests. I have no clue what it means but I'm sure that it cane be decoded with some manuals:


Technics SL1210 , 1979 ?
Intermittent loss of one channel.
The headshell was slightly loose on the tonearm
and moving inwards would cause loss of one channel.
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ive had this problem djing in front of 700 people...Not good!! i can tell you exactly what it is, the tone arm bearings are being pinched too tight or there is a tiny piece of debris in the bearing race of your tone arm or blatentley your vinyl is scratched lol.... assuming you ve set your stylus correctly and the turntable is level on both axis???? slightly unscrew the tiny screw on top of the tone arm just enough to release the pressure on the bearings inside, but not so much that it wobbles about??? happy mixing

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