Video & Pic Tips

Video Tips

On this page we will try and go over some of the common and not so common issues and/or repairs that come in. We will do this when we have time so please be paient as it will not be update frequently as we are a busy shop.

WARNING - IMPORTANT: We are not responsible for you and what you do to your equipment. These videos are not meant to teach you anything other then how to diagnose your issue. NOT TO REPAIR IT. Again please do not replicate what is shown in our videos on your turntables. We are not responsible for any damages you do.
Take your unit to a PROFESSIONAL to have it repaired.

Pitch Contols:

I have had a few people ask me about pitch controls in the Technics 1200 / 1210 series turntables. What is the difference etc. I think this picture just about says everything neeed to know. The history of the Technics 1200 Pitch Control!

 



Broken Tome Arm? Lets take a look....

Tone Arm Issues:

Tone Arm Bearings are the typical problem with most tone arm issues. If for some reason the screws have become loose or the tone arm has been stressed beyond its limits the bearings can be damaged and thus causing the tone arm to stick or want to stick in one place causing the records you play to skip.

Here is an example:



Another example.....



Spindle Shaft Coming Off with Platter? Lets see why.....



Often clients are not sure what is wrong but can see the symtoms to which it is evident that something is not right..... here are some example.

Technics 1200 / 1210 Pitch Control Problems / Issues:


Washing Machine Syndrome: This is where the platter, when turned on or the "Start" button is engaged will start the platter going back and forth like a washing machine. The platter will complete a revolution.

Out of Control Syndrome: This is where the platter, when turned on or the "Start" button is engaged will start the platter and spin in extremely fast to the point where you think the platter is going to fly off.

Here is an example of "Out of Control Syndrome".



Juggling Pitch Syndrome: This is where the turntable will spin as per normal however the pitch will not be stable. The pitch will "juggle" from time to time. Lets call it an "erratic pitch" if you may. This event has been known to happen as soon as you turn on the turntable but has also been know to happen after the turntable has heated up. (In use for over 30 mins or so). So it will play normal for 30 mins or so and then start acting up.

Three different examples of "Juggling Pitch" or "Erratic Pitch" we have service just in a 2 month period.


Example # 1


Example # 2


Example # 3


It Can't Stop Syndrome: Similar to the "Out of Control Syndrome", this one takes it to another level as everything works properly on start up and when mixing and playing until you decide you want to stop the platter. When hitting the Start/Stop button to stop the platter from spinning the platter speeds up out off control and no matter how many time you hit the button it will not stop, leaving you with no choice but to turn the unit off or stop it with your hand.

Everything Is Wrong Syndrome: This is when all of the above are happening. Yeah I know hard to believe but it is true. We don't see it that often but when we do its not pretty. This is when you turn on the table and hit the Start/Stop button and you get the "Washing Machine". After getting impatient you give it a little push in the right direction and it looks as if its going to be normal only for the "Juggling Pitch" to start. After sitting there puzzled at what is going on you decide you have had enough and hit the Start/Stop button thinking the nightmare is over... well it is not over yet... at that point the platter (rather then stop) starts to spin so fast you swear it is going to fly right off the machine. Only option at that point is to turn the power off or stop it with your hand.



Additions to this syndrome have included (but not always) the pitch control LED fading or blinking from time to time when in use and at the Zero point where normally the pitch LED should be solid and bright.

Almost Dead Syndrome: This is where the turntable will function as normal however all lights will be very dim and seem like there is not enough power getting to the unit.

Conclusion: The cause of this can often be unclear and will need to be diagnosed by a professional. Causes can include Pop Up (Target Light) shorting out and causing multiple failures on the main board (IC's - Diodes) which need special equipment it diagnose. Power surges / spikes have been known to cause these problems. If you have a European 1200 or 1210 and run the unit on the wrong current setting this could also cause these problems. In minor cases it could very well be the pitch control or Pitch control PCB. In the end the cause is important but the solution is more then likely what your in search of. Come see us and we will sort it all out for you.

Tone Arm Issues:

Tone Arm Bearings are the typical problem with most tone arm issues. If for some reason the screws have become loose or the tone arm has been stressed beyond its limits the bearings can be damaged and thus causing the tone arm to stick or want to stick in one place causing the records you play to skip.

Here is an example:




Advice of the month!

People call and ask advice for all sorts of things. Here is October 2010 situation / advice:

Question: While mixing a set I messed up and spilt my Rum & Coke on my turntable and alot whent down inside my pitch control. What should I have done?

Answer: After you kick yourself for even having a drink near your tables (actually before that). TURN THE TURNTABLE OFF AND UNPLUG! You would be suprised at how much money you could save with just that one move. Leaving the gear on will almost always do the following. a) Damage the pitch control. b) Cause one hell of a mess inside the cabinet. c) Short out IC's on the main board (Motor). Damage: $200.00 or more depending on what is damaged.

Here is what this mistake looked like! (Click on pics to see hi-res)


 





Entertainment!


People often wonder what jobs we do.... from cleaning, to damage, to fixing other "not so qualified" people (known as "shoemakers" and the wonderful messes they create. Well I think pictures say it all! Enjoy.