After Service

After Service

Technics 1200 / 1210 Tone Arm Height Adjustment  / Balance - Counterweight

Allot of people think that after they get their repaired or modified turntables back they are ready to play. Some DJ's think that to scratch they need to put the Counter Weight all the way to the front. Some even turn the Counter weight around to get the maximum weight to the front of the needle.

Well all the above is Wrong!

After we service your turntable (assuming we did not receiver your Headshell, Cartridge, & Needle) you need to set your tone arm. There are two parts to this.

Leveling Tone Arm - Tone Arm Height Adjustment

For this we will use the height adjustment ring which is located at the base of the tone arm. Without your Headshell / Cart / Needle you can not do this. What we are looking to achieve is a "level" tone arm when the record is playing on a peive of vinyl.

Height Adjustment ring (Unlock, adjust, then lock).

Here is a diagram to show you. Remember this is while your needle is on the record. Use caution not to hit the tone arm while adjusting the height adjustment ring.

Counter Weight Setting

This step is to make sure that you have the right amount of weight set on your turntable as to avoid skipping while at the same time not damaging your needle or valuable vinyl. For DJ's that scratch and don't care about their vinyl or don't mind replacing the time coded vinyl on Traktor or Serato then feel free to pile on the weight as to avoid skipping. Having said that I have seen competition scratching without abusing your needles & vinyl be following the instructions below.

Step 1 - If you have a needle protector as on the Shure M44 then put it in the down position to protect your needle. If you have a protector that you put on and off.... take it off.

Step 2 - Remove your record from the platter. Set Anti-skatting to "0". Free your tone arm and place it 1/4 of the way on the platter.

Step 3 - Turn the counterweight all the way to the back (without taking it off).

Step 4 - Starting bringing it forward until the tone arm is "floating". This means it is not touching the platter and is not all the way up in the air.

Step 5 - Once this is achieved you will then place the tone arm back on the tone arm rest. LOCK your tone arm to avoid it jumping out during the nest step.

Step 6 - While holding the rear portion of the counterweight turn the front dial of the counter weight to "0". You have now achieved the "Zero Point" or "True Balance".

Step 7 - Read up on your needle and see the recommended weight. Typically this is anywhere from 2 - 3 grams. Any more and you are putting stress on your needle and records.

Note: If your counterweight has turned backwards to achieve more weight.... do yourself a favour.... spin it around. It looks silly, was never designed this way, and does more damage then good. If you can not scratch with the above setting due to skipping then you may want to change your tone arm.

Here is a video of the above steps. Enjoy!