I have a problem with a "new" (sic) Empire 698 turntable I just purchased. When playing a 33, the tone arm lifts up when the needle reaches the same point, approximately 1/4" into the record. It happens every time, with different records and even after changing skate and weight settings.
Any suggestions to what is causing this problem, and how to resolve it?
Soem questions that might help diagnose this:
What kind of cartridge is on it? (compliance)
Does cortridge have the correct mounting sled? (alignment)
Did you inspect the platter mat or under the mat for a bump? (debris)
With the table turned off, can you manually spin the platter and feel the bump in the same spot? (Belt/ Bearing/ Platter)
PS - I have had two chances to get one of these on Craiglist and both times missed by minutes. I hope you get it fixed.