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My Crosley turntable is spinning too fast at 33RPM

My Crosley record player is spinning too fast at the 33RPM setting. What can I do?

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Mismatch speeds on older turntables is normally due to either 1) a kink in the speed switch mechanism or 2) a hardening and slipping of the rubber drive wheel.
A very small motor with a chamfered shaft drives the rubber drive wheel, and the wheel is moved by the speed control up and down the drive shaft to produce various rpm speeds.
In your case, it's likely turning at 45rpm because it isn't settling onto the 33rpm part of the shaft.
Piddle with the speed control, then count the speed (number of turns in a minute) You'll figure it out!

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

  • miquel enrigue Jan 06, 2013

    if it isn't settling on 33rpm how can i fix it?

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    Ross Kelly Jul 13, 2014

    One youhave unplugged the unit, you need to get access to the guts of the thing. They come in various styles, and with mine you ignore any screws on the base! Access was gained by separating the player deck from the wooden base and sides. If you have accomplished this feat, you need to find some little "trim pots" near the motor. On mine there were three screws close together that tweaked the speed. They are very sensitive. Firstly try the one on the right, and turn the screw a fraction clockwise. Now get out a stopwatch and time the revolutions per minute - obviously you want it to go round 33 times each 60 seconds. It may take you quite a bit of fiddling, but it can be done. Again, be VERY careful to unplug the unit each time you tweak the screws. If you are not sensible enough to attempt this, take it to a shop.

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I have the Crosley89 stackomatic.
the 33.3 rpm was more like 35.5rpm. Sounded awful .
I took off the bottom panel, found the motor,
put small jewelers slot screwdriver DEEP into hole marked
"L" ( I guess for Long playing)
and when I made contact I turned counterclockwise just a drop.
When I checked it went down to 33.6rpm
so I left it. Sounds good to me and I didn't have to throw out the machine. Hope this helps.

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