Technics SL-5 Inner Groove Distortion Issue

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ajames45
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Technics SL-5 Inner Groove Distortion Issue

Post by ajames45 » 14 Mar 2019 22:02

Hi all. I replaced the cartridge on my SL-5 and ever since then, it plays with really bad distortion when it gets close to the label. The replacement cartridge is an AT85EP. I've tried swapping that stylus and playing it on the old cartridge and it still plays with distortion. I've tried putting the tracking force higher and still no improvement. I put back the old cartridge and stylus back on and it now plays the same too. I don't know what I did for it to all of the sudden to sound like that but I hope I didn't break something while replacing the cartridge. I'm still a bit new to doing this type of stuff and didn't realize all I really needed to do was to replace the stylus. Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Technics SL-5 Inner Groove Distortion Issue

Post by paulrenea » 15 Mar 2019 01:36

I also have this SL-5. Are there any cartridge adjustment options to consider? The one I have may be in need of cleaning the rail and re-oiling it. I have to go out, maybe we can chat later-on.

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Re: Technics SL-5 Inner Groove Distortion Issue

Post by ajames45 » 16 Mar 2019 04:56

There doesn't seem to be any cartridge adjustment options as far as I know

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