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The record player skips

From the day we received the GF 350, the record player arm has not worked properly. It skips and will not move forward part way (usually about two thirds of the way) through the record.
We sent it to a repair shop and it sat there for almost 7 months without any repairs being done on it. We then sent it back to TEAC and they didn't fix the problem either. The manager acknowledged that only the CD player was fixed and nothing was repaired on the turntable even though the packing slip clearly indicated that it was the turntable that needed repairing. Unfortunately, we didn't check it within the "repair warranty" period and now we're stuck with this lemon.
If anyone has any ideas on how to fix the problem, we would really appreciate it. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    I have a different problem, the tone arm will not automatically return at the end of a record, but I wanted to point out that my GF-350 has no way to adjust the tracking weight - there is no wheel on the back of the tone arm. Those weights are found only on higher-end turntables, not a really basic one like this.

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Hi There,
From your description it sounds like there is insufficient weight on the needle end of the pick up arm.

The pickup arm is very delicate in its balance at the "rear arm end" fulcrum.

This weight is adjustable to allow the needle to press on the music track to an exact pressure and it is adjustable so that this pressure does not damage the music track.

There should be a wheel type thingy at the rear end of the pickup arm.

This wheel is usually marked in Grams, and to make the needle end heavier to stop "skipping' you turn the wheel to wards the + sign.
This + sign means more weight on the needle.

There also should be a - sign, and the wheel, when turned in that direction, the weight on the needle is reduced.
You need to be aware that a needle really needs to exist in the cartridge as they can be broken off very easily and if there is no needle present there, then there is no way you will get any music from the turntable.

So check there really is a needle there...use a magnifying glass to see....

If thats OK then place the needle end of the pickup arm on to the record surface and turn the weight wheel until the needle just lifts from the record surtface.
Now that this stage has been received turn the weight wheel in the reverse direction by around 5-7 grams in the heavy + direction.

The needle should now be resting on the records surface and not lifting at all.

It should play like this,,,BUT please ensure the record player is on a perfectly flat surface the
needle wont work on any incline at all...

If you turn the amp on in the phono switch position and carefully hold the needle over the record and touch the needle with your finger you should get a scratchy sound from the speakers.....

This is a basic test to ensure the amplifier and all the wiring is in place and doing its job..
Im Sorry you had a run around from the repair company but some of them are not interested in repair work any more they just want to sell new hardware...
It pays to ask if they are Pepared to repair stuff for you , then get a commitment of a reasonable repair date and time in writing.

If this date and time is exceeded then you dont have to pay for the repairs do you??
As they have missed the service level agreement you had with them for the reapir date and time..

Hope this helps
From
YUBEUT..

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