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Phonograph Turntable

September 22, 2016

A very common issue for belt drive turntables to have is a drive belt that has decayed and lost its elasticity, some belts actually decay to the point where they turn into a goo that must be removed from the drive surfaces.  We stock all of the common turntable belts.  Most belts can be replaced at our front counter or purchased outright without the need to leave the turntable for repair (if the belt is the only problem).  There are a few turntables that must be disassembled in order to access the belt, these turntables need to be left for repair.

Older turntables may need to have motors and auto mechanisms torn down and cleaned and re-lubricated.  We have serviced many turntables over the years and can take care of these old age related problems where lubricants and greases harden and prevent mechanical parts from slipping, sliding and spinning as they once did.  Occasionally, manual turntables may develop a scraping sound caused by the platter bearing wearing to the point where the platter drops down and contacts the deck plate.  We can repair the bearing and restore normal operation.

We can adjust the tone arm weight to set the proper tracking force using the calibrations on your turntable’s counterweight or with a stylus forge gauge.  We also have a Mobile Fidelity GEO-Disc that we can use to set the proper overhang of your phonograph cartridge.  Available for purchase are Discwasher record cleaners and fluid, stylus brushes and fluid.

We have repaired turntables made by following manufacturers:

  • Acoustic Research (AR)
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • BIC
  • BSR
  • Dual
  • ELAC
  • Fisher
  • Garrard
  • Harman/Kardon
  • Miracord
  • Sanyo
  • Sylvania
  • Technics
  • Panasonic
  • Thorens
  • Voice of Music (VM)
  • …and more!

Yes, vinyl records are back, or did they ever go away?  

Many people who grew-up with turntables are using them again.  Younger people who have recently been introduced to analog sound are becoming interested in getting a turntable and spinning their own records.  There is something to be said for analog sound, it often sounds more musical than digital sources (CDs, iTunes, streaming).  There are proponents of digital sound who do not buy into the thought that analog is better sounding than digital but can sound be improved by chopping it up into little pieces (digital) and splicing it back together?

Stereo Lab Service repairs older equipment such as Electro-Voice, Harmon/Kardon, Infinity,  JBL and more. Stereo Lab Service specializes in repairing older equipment no longer in production. Learn more about us, fill out our service inquiry form or call (614) 268-5500 to get started.