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Something's not right
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Out of the blue last week whilst playing an album, the tt/cartridge started to skip about 40% of the way through the side. It kept jumping and playing the same bit over and over again; just as it would if there was scratch or something in the groove. |(

 

I’ve now played dozens of albums and it’s the same on each one. Move the arm to 50% and it then seems to play the rest of the album with no problem. This is the first time that anything has ever gone wrong and I’m at a loss to know why it’s happened so suddenly. :quest:

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RE: Something's not right

I would guess your stylus is shot - get a replacement before it ruins your records!

 

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A shot stylus would exhibit problems randomly, this is at the same place each time? although not beyond the realms of possibility. Be sure the trough is clear of debris, ie dead fly, fluff etc? . . . be sure the paddle is not fouling the trough bottom . . . might be something catching or fouling the arm/bearing?

I had one for years in my previous life, never had any problems.

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I had a Goldring Elite cart years back that was playing fine, then the arm slid right the way across the record.  After that it wouldn't play right or track the record at all.  I went back to AudioExcellence, who sent it back to Goldring. Turns out the tip of the stylus had sheared off and Goldring repaired it under warranty thankfully as it was only six months old. 

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RE: Something's not right

Thanks for the input.

The Ortofon is about a year old. If it was the cartridge I suspect that the problem would happen all over the place, not just where it consistently does.

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This suggests its the arm fouling something on its travel across the disc, especially if its in the same place, check the bearing as CJ posted...............

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+1

Bearing problem or tonearm wiring catching somewhere.

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I presume you've checked tracking weight and anti-skate if the Rock needs them. 

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I finally managed to talk with Max T last week after twice getting cut off. He thinks that a bearing might have got stuck and advocates taking the arm out, turning it over and then replacing. Now I have no technical ability whatsever and the thought of doing this (and then resetting it) frightens me somewhat. He said if I emailed him (for the 3rd time) he would send me some pictures of how to do it.  Still waiting for the reply!! |(

If anyone can add some input for me then that would be massively appreciated.

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Let me say straight off, I'm no expert, ok? Smile  I wouldn't be too worried about taking things apart, as long as you're methodical. Take apart/undo one part at a time, lay each part down in turn on a good clean surface, and take pics as you go. Replace any parts in the same fashion, making sure said parts are kept clean and lubricated as necessary. Take your time, but have no fear. What's the worst that can happen? You might have to take it to a dealer....

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Freddy, thanks for the encouragement!

 

My local delaer won't touch it, they advise to send it back to Max. Might look around though.

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KeithT wrote:

Freddy, thanks for the encouragement!

 

My local delaer won't touch it, they advise to send it back to Max. Might look around though.

 

The one thing that might be a problem, is if you need specialised tools. Dunno how you'd get over that?

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RE: Something's not right

normal allan (?)  key apparently! 

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KeithT wrote:

normal allan (?)  key apparently! 

 

Sounds easy then Smile :pray:

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