From: Frank Forman <[log in to unmask]>
> It worked splendidly for a long time, but now one or the other channels
> goes out randomly. The problem can't be frayed wires, for I need merely
> unplug and replug the extension cable to the cable that comes out of the
> unit, and the sound comes back in correctly, but only for a while, a
> decreasing while over the years.
Your problem is with the extension cable. Don't use it. Plug the cable
from the turntable directly into your pre-amp. If you can't move them
closer together, try another cable. I have no earthly idea why you
think the problem is inside the turntable, although it could be a
problem with the cable that is coming out of the turntable. Flexing
them can damage the connections at the plugs.
> I downloaded a manual (not a step-by-step instruction guide but rather a
> set of exploded diagrams and a parts list) off the Web, and it seems to
> me that all the fancy electronics in the turntable is given over
> entirely to speed control, not to the matter of the sound from the
> needle to the shell down the tone arm, and out of the unit with a pair
> of RCA-type male plugs, which plug into my integrated amplifier.
You expected otherwise?????????????????????
> Best would be to get the turntable fixed (and not buy a used one on
> eBay, which goes for $600-$800),
There's nothing wrong with the turntable. Fix the wire.
> I'll have no further use for a turntable after I have made
> computer files of my remaining LPs, so please don't recommend anything
> expensive, like over $200.
Of course the LPs will last MUCH longer than will your computer files.
> Ion's USB turntables seem all to come with a cartridge that is a fixed
> part of the tone arm, so it seems I'll need a different brand of
> turntable. Since I have the INport box, I don't need a turntable that is
You want to replace one of the best turntables made with a PIECE OF
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]