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Technics SL-Q2 turntable, looking for help on repair

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Hey, hoping some one knowledgeable about this sort of stuff sees this. I'm trying to fix my dad's old TT. I've got sound for a few seconds before it starts skipping. I can see the needle flexing and then jumping back, so the tonearm seems to be having some tracking issues. It's not the counterweight because that adjusts and seems to work perfectly fine. FWIW the hydraulic also lifts and drops the needle well (not sure about the auto return, haven't gotten that far). If I try to manually move the tonearm left or right there's friction. It's not a huge amount, but it's noticeable and I'm guessing enough to cause the issue. 


I'm willing to bet (and hoping) some things just need to be cleaned and oiled, but I've seen some internal shots of the SL-Q2 and they scare the hell out of me at this point. Does anyone here have experience with vintage Technics TT's, know if my assumptions are close to accurate, and/or what can be done about the situation? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. The closest thing I can find are auto return issues on Audiokarma and links to the service manual which refuse to open with my Acrobat reader. I don't even know how to take the thing apart, yet, just looking for pointers.


Thanks for looking.

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I am currently fixing the same model turntable as yours. The tone arm will have 4 pivot points, 2 for horizontal movement, and 2 for vertical movement. There should be no resistance at all when moving the tone arm from side-to-side or up and down. Sounds like the pivot bearings need a bit of lube. You can also slightly loosen the pivot screws (might be too tight). Easy to see the pivot points as they are brass colored and the rest of the tone arm is aluminum. Don't use WD-40 or spray lubes...too thin and will dry out. Use 3 in 1 oil or similar. Just a drop on each bearing (pivot).
I am currently trying to fix the cueing lever on that model turntable. Broke inside, and I am trying to build a new one from spare parts. Keep this turntable! It has been rated as number 18 of the top 20 turntables ever made!
If you need pics or more advice, give me a holler! Happy listening!

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You're awesome! Thanks so much for your reply. smily_headphones1.gif


I tried loosening the two brass screws that face horizontal. I'm guessing those are for vertical movement so I'd be looking at the others. None of them wanted to budge, though. I believe I used a jeweler's screwdriver at the time, so I'll try to get something with a nice fat handle that I can grip better for more torque. I've got some Tufoil lubit-8 that seems up for the job. I'll give it another go. Thanks for the inspiration and informative post. 

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