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I have 8 year old 1200's and I am having trouble with the audio volume for the left deck. For some reason when I try to use my Shure M35X Cartridges the audio is very low. When I plug in Stanton Cartridges the volume is fine. I bought new Shure cartridges and styluses and still had same problem. I made sure it was the mixer, not sure if the audio cords are faulty or the tonearm, but don't understand while one set of needles works and the other is so quiet.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: turntable skips during playback

The only thing I can say is to make sure you set up your cartridges correctly - click HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS on BALANCING YOUR TONEARM properly.

If, you've balanced your tonearm, and set up your cartridges correctly, then you should not have any problems. Unless, your tonearms are damaged. But this is highly unlikely. I just think you need to balance properly.

Another note, Ortofon Concorde have a design flaw, in that they don't connect very well to the Technics tonearm. The Concorde's, have short and stubby connections on the rear, making for poor connections to the tonearm. Ortofon has addressed this issue by releasing the Ortofon OM series cartridges, and mount them to standard Technics Headshell.

If you still can't figure this out, feel free to give our techs a call 24/7 @ 1.866.668.1596 ext 1 - they can walk you through setting up, and properly testing your tonearm to see if it's damaged or not.


Posted on May 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Technics 1210 feedback/grounding problem

Since you've already replaced your RCA cables, and tried different cartridges, the only other thing that would cause this type of issue is your tonearm. It's probably on it's way out, and will need to be replaced shortly.

You can obtain a replacement tonearm HERE, however, it's rather difficult to replace the tonearm without experience or knowledge on soldering.

Good luck!

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Posted on Jul 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Technics turntable distortion emisson

More than likely your RCA cables are going bad, and will need to be replaced. Not the hardest self-repair, but you will need to have some soldering skills. In addition, caution should be taken when taking apart your turntable.

Check out the following videos for self-repair assistance on these wonderful DJ turntables.

If you think it's too much for you to do yourself, get some professional assistance. Shouldn't cost too much for repair.

Hope this helps some.

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Posted on Nov 04, 2008

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SOURCE: tech 1200 mk2 - really bad buzzing, VERY low sound from record

If you've had it open to replace the RCAs you're obviously alright with a screw driver. with some concentration the arm is not that hard to remove and reassemble etc.You might as well try to look at the state of the wiring in the one you already have, if you are going to consider replacing it. You have to pull out the old one anyway if you are going to replace it, and once it is out its not hard at all to unscrew the metal s part of the tonearm from the plastic part at the gimbal and then have a look at the state of the black earth wire screw connection. But before you go to all the trouble, check the state of the bearings in the gimball - if some idiot has overtightened them then you may be in some trouble because they are easily damaged that way. just have a careful wriggle to see if there is any play. beyond that, if the arm has really been abused then the silver plastic at the gimball can be cracked, but that maybe hard to see until you remove it. If all that is ok, then There is nothing apart from wiring that can be an issue here - and that is user servicable - corrosion at the earth screw connection in the arm, issues with the connections to the little circuit board where the wiring from the arm attatches to the rcas etc. You have very little to loose in trying to fix what you already have.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Dual 1009. No audio from the stylus & humming.

I can help with this issue. To keep the platter spinning in manual mode, you have to cue the tonearm up and move it so it is over the record. Then flip the lever to manual. It should stay on in this position. This is a feature and not a bug.

Regarding the audio / humming problem. The Duals had what was known as a muting circuit that engages as the turntable is cycling between rest and play. The fact that you are getting no sound may be an indication that the muting circuit is still engaged. Here are a few things you can try:

1. If the unit was recently shipped, you may need to reset the mechanical function of the turntable. You can do this by locking down the tonearm to the tonearm rest, turning on the power and then flipping the lever for a full automatic cycle. The tonearm will stay fixed to the rest, but the remainder of the mechanical system underneath will be reset to proper positioning (this is detailed in the Dual manual). Of course, this assumes that everthing was OK prior to shipping.

2. Make sure your cartridge is properly mounted with a good stylus, check your tonearm wires (both in the headshell and underneath the turntable and finally, see if you can get underneath the turntable while you run an automatic cycle to see what is going on.

Lastly, if you can't get it going, Check out Bill at He worked on my 1019 and knows them inside and out.

Good Luck,


Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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