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AR-XA Turntable is working!

I write to let everyone know the AR-XA I have been discussing and obsessing over went to work this evening playing music!

I actually got one LP side to play last night, but when I tried another side, the left channel signal dropped out and, when I moved my hands around the tonearm and cartridge, a pronounced hum came on, louder as I moved my hand closer to the arm. Despair.

I believe on this turntable, the ground is in the left channel and because it was the left channel that dropped out, I figured to try changing that connection. I sanded the inside of the sleeve on the left channel RCA plug and used some needle-nosed pliers to slightly crimp them inward so they'd make better contact with the socket on the receiver. No hum, no signal dropout, just beautiful music! I played two LP sides with no problems.

I want to thank all those inmates who so generously offered help, sympathy and advice. I may be back at some point with more questions or problems, but for now, everything is going well. This thing is filthy and will need a lot more cleaning, but for now--all is well.

Thanks again


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Topic - AR-XA Turntable is working! - George S. Roland 19:43:41 02/28/24 (9)

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