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Dear all I have a record player a Garrard 2025t that is incorporated into a Sterosound 77 record player. When playing a12 inch record the stylus jumps to the first groove after being set down on the auto setting. Would this cause long term damage to the record if played over a long period of time on this record player
Funnily enough there is no problem when playing 7 inch singles or 10 inch records.
I wonder if the auto setting can be adjusted to set the arm down a little farther inward on the record. It might be setting down on the raised edge of the record and then sliding down the edge and skipping inwards. I have the same problem with my manual tonearm if I set it down on the raised edge of the record.
Another thing that might help is antiskating. Check the antiskating adjustment to make sure it is set correctly.
Still another thing that might help is cleaning the rubber surface that lifts the tonearm, assuming it has that kind of tonearm lift mechanism. Make sure it is very clean and then apply some automotive belt dressing to the rubber surface to make it stick to the arm. I had a similar problem with an SME tonearm but when I applied automotive belt dressing to the rubber surface of the arm lift, it solved the problem.
There is an adjustment screw on the rear of the tonearm that adjusts the position where the stylus sets down on the record. You should be able to move it so it sets onto the leadin groove.
The service manual at Vinylengine, pages 6 and 7 explains how to do it.
Vinyl engine doesn't permit direct linking to their documents.
go to https://www.vinylengine.com.
You'll have to register and then go to the turntable library and search for your service manual
Here I go again given how many times that I have answered similar questions on various forums! Nearly all regular jumping at the same point on a record's radius is caused by the arm not disengaging properly from the lift/lower device when lowered. So it isn't disengaged for the outer part of a 12 " record but by the time it moves inwards to the outer radius of 10 " or 7" discs it is. Look at this.
An easy first thing to do, if the OP hasn't done it already, is to clean and examine the stylus- if it's bent or damaged or covered with gunk and a big ol' fuzzball, that could be the problem in itself.
He also mentioned the treble is greatly exaggerated- what's up here? It sounds like new stylus might be advisable. .
The most likely culprit however is the arm motion mechanism. These take several forms but in the OP's old Garrard, the mechanism is purely mechanical. There are bearings, cams, etc where you can see the brown dried-up grease. You can see the brown crud in the photo of the Garrard he specified, from the interwebbbs. There surely is ancient dried-up and gunky grease somewhere, interfering with the range of motion of the linkages.
My first effort would be to de-grease the mechanism and looking for bent, damaged, or rusty bits. I like CRC "QD Electronic Cleaner" spray for degreasing, it doesn't eat plastic or rubber and works decently if you use a few dozen Q-tips to rub the gunk off. Also some canned air to blow out the dead bugs, Q-tip fuzz, etc. Re-lube with a tiny sheen of the lightest silicon grease at faying surfaces and tiny, tiny dabs of Triflow from their groovy little pin-point lubricator on shafts and bearings.
even if you re-attempt the start? it really won't hurt anything. there may be a slight edge warp right there.
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