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.