thanks for the interest.
the tonearm just stays at the end of the record and does not lift or return.
when i engage the "cut" the tonearm lifts and returns to the tonearm rest normally.
when i just let the tonearm ride out the run-out grooves, there is a clicking like the auto-return is trying to engage but just won't catch. i have the manual and have looked at other pioneer manuals trying to find where to make the proper adjustment but with no luck. i wasn't sure if i was clear enough in my other reply so i thought i might reiterate. i've been told there is a screw adjustment but have no idea where.
hope to hear from you soon.