Sl220 tone arm question

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truedeth
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Sl220 tone arm question

Post by truedeth » 17 Sep 2019 02:20

Just setup this turntable for my dad and I notice the tonearm can freely rotate and I can't figure out how to make that stop. All the screws are tight and there's no glue residue, but it can be pulled out of the arm joint area easily. I looked in the manual and the service manual and nothing touched on it. Is this normal?
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Re: Sl220 tone arm question

Post by musicmn » 17 Sep 2019 04:06

Hi, it is not normal for the tonearm tube to come out of the gimbal like that. As you can see in your second picture there is a screw that is missing that came up from the bottom of gimble and held the tube into the gimble. The only way to put that screw back in is to disassemble the mechanism so the the tonearm can be removed. The mechanism on this turntable is not that hard to disassemble but because it is and automatic turntable there are a lot of parts. And its probably good ideal to go ahead and disassemble the mechanism and clean out all the old grease. Because on almost everyone of the sl 220 's, 230's, or 235's that I have serviced the mechanism was packed full of old grease. And this old grease causes all kinds of issues with the automatic functions of the turntable. If servicing this turntable is something you want to try look for any post related to this turntable they can be very helpful. Also because I have serviced so many of these models I can usually walk people through it. Please don't try to loosen the horizontal bearings to remove the gimbal those bearings are very touchy and it can take hours to get them back to there right settings even with the correct tools.

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Re: Sl220 tone arm question

Post by truedeth » 17 Sep 2019 19:21

Awesome. Thanks for the helpful advice!! The screw looks to be still there, just majorly unscrewed! I gave it a good look when I was examining the neon lamp that was burned out and everything seemed to be fine. What kind of lubricant should I use? I see some say to use a few drops of oil in the spindle but what kind of oil?? Cooking oil? Motor oil? Wd40?

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Re: Sl220 tone arm question

Post by truedeth » 18 Sep 2019 00:16

WELP after struggling to get the tonearm off, which didnt happen because one of the screw heads is stripped, i put it back together and it no longer spins! :( now i need to find a new turntable for my father.

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Re: Sl220 tone arm question

Post by Alec124c41 » 18 Sep 2019 00:28

Sewing machine oil, or light machine oil. You do not want anything that wil turn into gum.

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