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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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