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Own similar SL 1300 Technics turntable and have recently added AT MLa 440 cartridge.The sound is wonderful and yet it sounds just a tad sluggish.Is there anything I can do to rejuvenate the 30 year old player other then add oil to center turntable shaft? (5% pitch is turned up)

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It could be a worn drive belt. Lift the platter oof the machine and check your belt. It may need to be replaced

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I recently purchased an onkyo tx-nr626 receiver with phono input. When connected I don't get full sound.


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Generally either a faulty connection to a lead or cartridge. Or a faulty Cartridge. If you switch the left and right channels of the phono leads the missing sound should move to the left and the right come to life. If it does not then there's a fault in the magnetic cartridge pre-amp in your amp.

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Well, the motor itself is completely separate from the sound. The path of the sound is basically

Styli -> Cartridge -> Tonearm -> RCA Cables -> Input Source

I would say start from the beginning. Check your stylus. If it's ok, then that means your Cartridge is probably ok. Make sure you have a secure connection from the tonearm to the cartridge assembly.

There really isn't much else to it.

If you cannot get it to work, I would suggest taking it to a service center for assistance.

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The belts are usually very easy to replace. Usually just lift off the turntable or there might be a small clip on the center pin, then it lifts off. Replacement belts can be ordered from several places, as shown in this search... http://www.google.com/search?&q=SL-B200+Technics+turntable+belt

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