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Pioneer PL-530 scratchy start/stop controls....what to do?

Posted on March 12, 2017 at 10:49:29

Posts: 7
Location: Central Florida
Joined: March 20, 2013
Hi guys,
Recently picked up a nice looking PL-530 with a Pickering TL-3 cartridge. Plays nicely, speed is spot-on, all functions work....except...
When I engage the automatic start feature there is a loud scratchy sound exactly like a dirty volume pot sounds. The scratching continues until the needle sets down then the scratching goes away and the records play nicely, and quietly. This also happens when I engage the "Stop" feature,and when the album reaches the end and auto stop feature kicks in.
It sounds like merely a dirty switch or something....but what do I need to clean? Is it the micro switch?

Any guidance anybody could lend would be very much appreciated. I'm sure it's a quick and easy fix, if I know what to fix.


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RE: Pioneer PL-530 scratchy start/stop controls....what to do?, posted on March 14, 2017 at 15:53:30

Posts: 2216
Location: SF Bay
Joined: August 16, 2001
September 14, 2012
Could be a grounding issue in the TT
Happy Listening


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