KentT wrote:1300 and 1400 models I don't recommend. Especially Mk II models. Cueing and automation have been known issues. No parts to fix them. SL-1600 Mk II best automatic of the lot performance and reliability wise. Equal to the original SL-1200 in performance and build but not the Mk II upwards.
Please elaborate if you have time, first generation servo control SL-1300 specifically.
When I cleaned and lubricated the cue on mine (my Son's) it appeared pretty straight forward and adequately made to me. Please point out the weak link(s) specific (and specifically) to the SL-1300 so that I may examine mine and beef up those spots. Just had to do a little preemptive epoxy fillet type work on the new to me PS-X60; plastic bits starting to show signs of cracking from out-gassing. I have had good results when I have caught this sort of thing BEFORE it breaks and strengthened things up.
Hell of a lot better than trying to repair broken bits after the fact and/or scrounging for donor parts! Especially the nylon-like material parts that JVC seemed to love (NO adhesive will stock to that material, NONE!)
I have repaired completely broken/non-functioning cues on 2 other Technics tables. One was on the too much stinking plastic SL-1900. All 3 machines have had slightly different cue mechanisms in both parts materials and design. Similar but different. I have seen a tutorial on-line provided by some shop that repairs them. Can't remember the details but that machine/arm was different still.
I am starting to think the cue issue is being too broadly applied (by some people, not talking folks here) to some machines that don't suffer it? I see and read it too often and in very general terms. That is why I'd appreciate it if you (or someone) could help steer me to the weak areas on my machine.