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Tone arm skipping records.

Im not really sure what is the cause of this problem, but my needle keeps skipping records on one of my technics 1210. ive adjusted everything that can be adjusted and even bought new needles and it still happens.I thought it could have been a weight issue, but clearly not as I have tried adding extra weight but I still have the same problem. I think its coming from the arm itself.What do u guys rekn?

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The anti skate adjustment. And if you scratch @ all....move the weight all the way in and take off the little extra one that screws in on the back. Also a great tracking needle is a M44G.

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