This is a quick step by step guide for anybody needing help installing a turntable, please read the disclaimer before using.
PLEASE NOTE: this information is not an industry accepted method; these are my own personal fixes that i have determined through many years of handling Hi-Fi items. With the exception of any readers who have bought from my ebay shop Priceattackstorerun by the247enigma, bear in mind these hints may invalidate any warranties you may hold, but if they should I would recommend attaining a refund from your seller and shop elsewhere!
First off is going to be assembly, personally depending on how the turntable is built our packaging staff will normally remove the platter, needle and sometimes counterbalance, so for anyone viewing this guide who has a deck in its parts like so from ourselves, the next step is for you.
Unpacking the parcel; normally you will either find the dust cover is filled inside to prevent the tone arm and platter colliding, or the platter may be under the deck as you unpack. Normally the needle will be found in a small black box within the parcel (if you have purchased from us).
Assuming the turntable is belt driven, you will need to reattach the belt. To do this remove the platter and lay upside down, take the belt and on the underside of the platter you will see an inner ring, run the belt on the outside of this inner ring and make sure the belt is not twisted in any place.
Once the belt is around the inner ring lift one edge off the table and place a finger through what will be the top of the platter (through one of the 2~4 purpose made holes in the platter) and pull the belt tight, turn the platter the right way up and you should now have both hands either side the platter, one holding the belt tight towards the outer rim of the platter.
Now, whilst still holding the belt, place the platter onto the deck by simply sliding the centre hole over the locating pin and slide down, once settled and still holding the belt, turn the platter until you see the motor and slide the belt over the motor spindle, once done spin the platter 2-3 times to let the belt slide into position, and it’s done.
Now place the needle and counterbalance onto the tone arm.
Connecting to the amplifier:
Record players require a specific input on the amp called ‘PHONO’, not all amplifiers are built with this as a standard,. If your amp does not have it you will have to try your aux input, however there is a likely chance that your amplifier will not pick up the sound correctly and your records will be hard to hear, even on full volume. Unfortunately due to the nature of sound from turntables this is unavoidable, the only solution being to buy an amp with the phono input.
You should also ‘ground’ your turntable. Use a piece of wire (old or unused aerial or speaker wire is generally best) and at the back of your amp and turntable, normally next to or near the phono sockets, there should be a small nut on both the turntable and amp to attach this wire too. If you do not attach this wire you may find you keep getting interference from touching the tone arm and platter.
Once connected tap the stylus head with your finger and you should pick up some noise from your speakers, if you do your ready to go!
Possible problems that might occur.
Question: ‘I keep getting small tingly shocks, whenever i touch the tone arm or platter’
Answer: This normally means your turntable isn’t grounded (read above), this is not dangerous and is normal. At the moment each time you are touching the turntable you are creating a connection to the floor you are touching (ground) and so inadvertently creating a circuit, causing the ‘tingle’.
Question: ‘The sound, although loud seems muffled and distorted, what’s wrong?’
Answer: Unless you are not using the ‘phono’ type input (read above) this normally means your needle/stylus is worn out, if you have recently purchased the deck contact your seller, if not these are widely available on eBay and the web, just make sure you buy the correct fitting.
Question: ‘I have just bought a turntable but the arm seems to get stuck only partway through a record and stops moving inwards from there’
Answer: This occurs on ‘auto return’ turntables, sadly this is normally due to poor handling from the courier, it is a rare occurrence and is generally caused by the mechanism being knocked out of line, sometimes if you switch off the deck and spin the platter reasonably fast (faster than it plays) it will realign and return to normal, but occasionally this will not work and there’s no alternative other than to contact your seller, or to take it to a professional to look at.
Question: ‘My tone arm just skitters across the record, the needles fine so what’s wrong?’
Answer: Normally this is can be adjusted by using the anti skate setting, its sometimes a small round disc control generally to the right of the tone arm pivot, sometimes it’s a separate small counterbalance on a thin nylon thread attached to a small (normally 1-2” long) arm attached to the tone arm, if it is the latter you will set the anti skate by moving it along this small arm to the desired place, the weight itself should hang over a small metal loop fixed to the actual deck on the left of the tone arm pivot. If the deck does not have anti skate try adjusting the main counterbalance.
Well I think that’s all the troubleshooting, i do not recommend opening an turntable to anyone, not only will this void your warranty and put your life in danger from electrocution, but in almost all cases THERE ARE NO USER SERVICABLE PARTS INSIDE! If the problem cannot be resolved above I would send it back to your seller, or if this is not possible have it repaired professionally or you may send it to ourselves for safe and proper disposal.
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