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I recently picked up a Pioneer PL-A35 at a second hand store for only $5. It's in pretty good shape, and runs fine, except for the fact that it runs slow.
I figured it just needed a new belt, so I installed one, yet the problem persists. There is no pitch control on the table either. Is it a possible lubrication problem, or do I have a bigger problem on my hands? Any ideas/suggestions are greatly appreciated. :)
Thanks very much,
Most turntables have a pitch adjustment for fine-trimming the pitch. Maybe two. (one for each speed.) Remove the platter & look under there first. Many Pioneers have 'em located there. You can also look for a hole or two on the bottom of the turntable. If you can't find them on the outside, you'll have to crack it open. They're usually a small screwdriver trimpot. Sometimes it's a pot mounted to the motor, sometimes it's separate. Good luck!
My old Dual with DC motor had these fine adjustment trimpots. You really had to hunt for them.
My Thorens TD150 is like that. I was thinking that most of the Japanese turntables were equipped with the DC motors. I've had tons of old Pioneer tables and they were all DC motor-equipped. Never had this particular model, tho.
I would definitely clean and lube the main bearing if you haven't already. Just make sure the whole drive train is clean and sound.
How slow do you mean? (Use a stopwatch and give exact # of revolutions.)
The new belt might be too tight, or too loose. Too loose you would probably hear wow, but too tight can slow down the table as well (sort of counterintuitive).
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