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Technics SL-QD33

Quartz Direct-Drive Automatic Turntable System (1986-1994)

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Technics SL-QD33


Type: quartz direct drive

Motor: brushless dc motor

Platter: 312mm aluminium die-cast

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: 0.024% wrms

Tonearm: static balanced straight tonearm with plug in cartridge system

Effective length: 230mm

Overhang: 15mm

Effective mass: 7.5g

Cartridge weight: 6g

Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 375mm

Weight: 4.5kg


instruction/owners manual (low res)  English

instruction/owners manual  English Francais Espanol - machinator

service manual  English - finkerbell

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Blinking START/STOP red led

Just bought a broken sl-qd33 for $10. Powers-on, no tt rotation, tone arm is locked in cueing up position. Speed selector leds toggle ok. No led lights-up when toggling repeat or cueing buttons. Does not smell from burn-out. Opened it and looks ok to me - no burned spots on boards or components - no obvious caps bulging. Is there any way to 'reset' this tt? Should I ground it? Possibly zapped by static due to not being grounded at one time? Will I need a preamp to connect this to my computer sound adapter inputs - if its worth fixing?

Stylus and Power cord

I lost the power cord for my Technics SL-QD33. I also need a new stylus. Can someone tell me where I might be able to purchase these items?

Stylus and Power cord... is always a great place to find what you're looking for :)


SL-QD33 auto-return adjustment...

Does anyone know where the auto-return adjustment screw is on this model? I downloaded the service manual for the SL-DD33 which is supposed to be the same identical unit but doesn't have a quartz motor.
The service manual for that model says to remove a sticker to the right of the arm and the adjustment screw is through a hole underneath I removed the sticker on my SL-QD33, guess what? No hole or adjustment screw. Now I have a ruined sticker.
Can't find a service manual anywhere for this model SL-QD33...unless I pay over $20 on eBay!
Where on earth is the auto-return adjustment?

SL-QD33 auto-return adjustment...

The download here gives you all that information. Not sure why you haven't looked at it. The service manual info you have is not the same model. The adjustment is done by removing the rubber cap on the other side of the tonearm.


Looking for a dustcover for my SL-QD33. Anyone know of a source?


In the same position. Perhaps look at picking up a cheap TT on eBay (this model, or other slimline one) that you can salvage the lid of. Tidy up and sell of what is left back on eBay. My investigations seem to point at this as the only route, and probably the cheapest.

SLQD33,Technics Turntable

My slqd33's motor is not working. do you have by any chance the service manual, schematic, for this model? If yes, I will appreciate if you enable me to download the same

Service Manual

Any one out there have one?

IC301 in SL-QD33

IC301 in PCB = MN14***