yo wassup, aight I just got a table, actually it was given to me, its a Numark TT-1510 belt driven table.
Ok, i got the needle/styli aparatus secured and locked in, it picks up sound off records, but it does one or more of the following:
always plays scratchy (its not a record issue), kinda staticy and skippy
keeps playing back and forth a loop of a piece of song.. staticy and skippy/scratchy
simply slides all the way down to the center of the record.
Aight yall, i know you cats pretty much know about tables and records, so please school me on this and give any possible suggestions. thanks.
aiight good looking everybody on the info
word, mr matrix is right... i was trying to recall that shit off my head
the dime trick only works if you have the counterweight on it.
if you don't have a counterweight on your turntable, your cartridges are putting wayyyy to much pressure on your records. Be careful, you might cueburn them.
yeah, the dime and tape trick works just fine.
all the counterweights are pretty much the same design. You should be able to take one from any turntable and it should work.
But the way that Poop shoot told you to adjust your weight is incorrect. You want to zero it in first. You hold the arm out and adjust the counterweight to where the tonearm is perfectly balanced and sits in the air by itself. Then you adjust the dial on the weight so that the 0 is at the top of the tonearm. Then you add weight. The amount of weight you add is determined by the type of needle you are using. Most require around 1.5-3 grams. If you plan on scratching you should use at least 2.25-2.75 grams.
You should check turntablelab.com, they used to have weights for the Technics 1200's.
If you can't find one, just go ghetto and tape a dime to the cartridge head....
ok, im missing a counterweight, i'll have to scoop one somewhere. anybody got one or know where to get one for this model?
ok, thanks for your responses.. a few questions:
when you sayd take off the counter weight and then put it back on, and put the arm out over the record and just get it so it will barely sit on the record...
the counterweight is the little curved metal bar that you can pull back and forth to adjust the height of the arm?
if so, when i pull this lever towards me, the arm lowers, when i push it away from me, the arm raises. I've tried to get the arm so it has the needle barely touching the record and i try to adjust the weight accordingly with that the bar, but no good results thus far.
There's something called "anti-skate" is this the setting you say should be around 2-2.5?
Also there's a little piece of plastic with a screw in the middle that if you screw it it also adjusts the height of the arm...
thanks thus far, but holla back.
sounds like you just need to get the tonearm properly balanced.
the way to do this is to get a record you dont care too much about and put it on the platter...
take off the counter weight and then put it back on, and put the arm out over the record and just get it so it will barely sit on the record...
now try to play the record... add weight (move the weight forward) till it will play right. you'll need more weight to scratch...
then once you have the counter weight in the right place, hold it so i doesnt move and make the dial read zero... then turn the dial to whatever tracking force is best for your cartirdge. if you dont know this, 2 or 2.5 is a safe bet.