It's been a while since I posted anything about my AR XA, but expect to hear more from me now. I just sold my daily driver (Technics SLBD 20) to a friend of mine. I am pretty much turntableless until I can get my AR XA up and running.
I was having problems with my motor chattering like crazy because I had removed/replaced the belt pulley one too many times. I was inspired to try adding a little oil that came with a beard trimmer I have, and presto!, the motor is now back to normal.
So, I excitedly put the whole TT back together and was anxious to spin some new records I bought this weekend. Unfortunately, that was not to be, as my tonearm wire has finally become too frayed at the point where it passes through the plinth. I am getting full sound in one channel and almost no sound in the other with a moderate hum.
A study of the tonearm wire revealed that it is a braided ground wire surrounding four hair-thin different colored wires. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I started unraveling the ground wire from the point where it frayed back to the point where it connects to the wiring post attached to the wooden base. I found that my green wire had broken.
I twisted my ground wire together and soldered a new wire from the frayed point to the wiring post. I then attempted to re-attach the green wire, whcih was much more difficult. The wire is so tiny, that it does not hold any solder. I did manage to get the wires to stick together though, and I tested it. There was absolutely no difference.
So, why didn't this work, and what should be my next plan of attack?
Can the AR XA tonearm be completely rewired?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.