I just bought a belt-drive turntable and am having trouble locating the belt. Where is it?
Underneath the platter, there is a metal ring, roughly 10 inches in diameter, on which the belt needs to go around to drive the platter. Typically, the belt is packed around this metal ring, to make connecting the belt to the motor easier.
How do I properly balance the tone-arm of my turntable?
- Install the cartridge/headshell onto the tone-arm and remove the stylus guard, if applicable.
- With the numbered dial facing toward the front of the turntable, screw the counterweight on to the back of the tone-arm until both ends of the tone-arm balance on the pivot point (like a see-saw). The tonearm should float directly above the platter, while not touching the platter.
- Set the numbered dial (turning only the dial, not the entire counterweight) to zero at the 12 o'clock position.
- Turn the counterweight (counterclockwise as you face the front of the turntable) until the dial is set to the tracking force value specified by the cartridge manufacturer. Depending on the cartridge that you choose, there may be a range of weights that the manufacturer deems suitable. Choose the lowest possible suggested weight, and work up from there should you have tracking problems. If you are using a Gemini cartridge, the recommended tracking force is between 2.5 and 3.0 grams.
Why is the volume from my turntable so low?
Since turntables use a magnetic pickup, they do not put out a line-level signal as CD players do. In order to amplify the signal from the turntable, you must have a phono preamplifier. Phono preamps are built into most DJ mixers or can be acquired separately from most electronics stores. A good start might be to go to a search engine and type in ‘phono preamp.’
What causes the loud hum coming through my system when the turntable is connected?
Be sure the ground terminal from your turntable is connected to your mixer ground terminal. If it is connected, there may be a break between the ground wire and the terminal.
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