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Audio Technica pl120 turntable

My turntable was working great, then all of a sudden it made a loud buzz and my left speaker is now nearly silent. All the other outputs work correctly, (i.e. tv, DVD, Cd) so I am assuming that something is not working right with the turntable. Please help, I am a record junkie and I am in desperate need of some tunes. Thanks

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Have you checked your cables from the turntable? It kind of sounds like you have lost the ground connection on that side, either in the cable or in the turntable itself. Perhaps at the wire going into the cartridge. You might check all these things. Good luck.

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