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I am having some problems with my record player.

Asked by Cammy511 (19 points ) September 11th, 2010

So I just bought a few more records to add to my collection, and I find a large chunk of my records which are in mint condition do this thing where when the needle gets closer to the record’s label in the center the hi’s start to sound very distorted, its not my needle because the player I’m using is only a few months old, I’m using just a stardard stereo system with two speakers and no subwoofer, it was made to play CD’s not records so that could be why, I did plug my player into my guitar amp and it did not have the ssame scraatchieness to it. So whats going on?

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Ben_Dover's avatar

Try taping a penny to the arm near the needle.

Vortico's avatar

Sounds like a tone arm balance issue. @Ben_Dover‘s solution might actually fix it for a while (and I’ve done the exact same thing with the penny), but you would be much better off replacing the arm or cartridge in the long run.

Cammy511's avatar

I just bought it thought litereally just a few months ago in may or june,I don’t understand how the balance when out so quickly. Oh well

Ben_Dover's avatar

Is there an adjustment dealie down the arm… Something that spins like a doohickey or a gizmo?

woodcutter's avatar

when it comes to the weight on the stylus it is measured in grams- too much weight and the stylus will dig into the groove with much force. if you want that vinyl to stay fresh longer you want to make the weight as little as possible without going too far. There should be a counter weight aft of the gimbal that is adjustable by turning it one way or another. There are instruments that a tech might have to adjust it proper if you don’t want to guess. Somebody might still be doing that but it is sort of getting your buggy whip repaired, who does it any more?

Cammy511's avatar

thanks guys, the model I have is a nexxtech truntable I payed ninty dollars for, there is nothing adjustible on the arm, but under the arm on the bottom of the turn table there are several holes with plastic screw things which look like they are used for adjustment.

Cammy511's avatar

Never mind they don’t work for that and no one around here repairs turn tables I might aswell buy a new one, this time spend a bit more on a nice one I’ll put a penny on it for now.

Ben_Dover's avatar

Tell us how that penny works!

Cammy511's avatar

So I plugged my record player into my dads big speaker system in the garage, and the scratcheness was gone, could it be my speakers ?

Ben_Dover's avatar

Great experiment. Buy new speakers!

angelique_1's avatar

sounds like the record is too heavy for it to turn on the machine. try the penny trick, if that doesnt work, then i wouldnt try to play the big record on it anymore, try a smaller one.

Cammy511's avatar

Nevermind the speakers just weren’t loud enough and I checked it, the record is slightly warped could this be the problem?

Cammy511's avatar

How does the arm go out of weight, because this player is relativley new, only months old its a Nexxtech LAB110 if thats helps

Cammy511's avatar

I HAVE FOUND THE PROBLEM, THE CARTRIDGE WAS CROOKED, I HAVE SINCE MOVED IT AND THE DISTORTION IS GONE!!!!

Ben_Dover's avatar

Nice work!

Vortico's avatar

Great success!

I have a feeling I’m going to overuse that picture on this site.

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