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Check the wiring in the tone arm where the head shell/cartridge connects...
Clean the contacts with some isopropyl alcohol; take a small screwdriver (careful) and exercise the contact pin to be sure there is no gunk preventing the pin from popping back into place.
If you are using a head shell mounted cartridge, check/replace those wires; if your turntable connects with separate RCA cables try a different set of cables.
Try checking/replacing the stylus and/or entire cartridge.
Yeah, if I were you and it was my $$, I'd probably sell the farm and go with a new AT. But, if your budget allows, I would chunk the cheap AT 3600L cartridge that comes with it (I believe that's the one) and go with something like a Shure M97xE. It will sound night and day better. Also, be cognizant that you can't control tracking with those. But that might not matter. It's an excellent TT for the coin, and very arguably the best TT out there for the $$.
See, once that tone arm got bent, there's really no telling what the problem could be. Tonearms are officially are the biggest pain in the arse components in the history of audio reproduction. Don't get me started on tracking, VTA, anti-skate, internal wiring, weight, etc,etc........
Here's a rudamentary video on tonearms to wet your whistle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoIHn2g0398
But yeah, unless you want to kill a 12 pack of cold ones and a entire weekend getting frustrated, you can troubleshoot yours. Just go with the AT. Trust me.
Actually, just ran across this upgrade kit for the AT from LPGear. Looks promising: http://www.lpgear.com/product/UPATPL60.html
Edited by LobsterClaws - 1/30/13 at 10:00am
Had to google your TT and check it out. Didn't realize it was plastic. Your gonna have to just mess with it and see what you come up with.
This cat has some neat videos on the Kenwood if you want to see some internals:
I've heard both the Shure and the Grado Blue and that's a tough decision. Both are excellent. I found that I preferred the Shure
for pop/rock and the Grado for Jazz/Blues. The Shure can be modded more easily if your into that, but can be more frustrating.
Again both are excellent. I do think the Shure is just a hair more silent also. But that's arguable. I'd go with the cheaper one if
it was me. I think the Grado is just a hair cheaper right now.
If I were to go new, I'd go with a Music Hall USB-1 before the LP120 at that price point. But that price point also opens
up some really good higher priced used ones on ebay/craigslist/audiogon. Like Thorens, Dual, Technics, Rega Pro-Ject etc,etc....
I would just shop around if I were you.
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Hey guys, I ve been having trouble with my tone arm and want to post a picture on here but the site isn't allowing me to do so. It's saying something about the ready is ready or allowed to perform task. This is happening on every device I use to go on the net. Let me know what I can do.
Mobile is kinda funky. On desktop, it should be pretty easy. Make sure the image is on your hard drive and not the camera. It also might be your connection.