I'm looking for some assistance and I hope you don't mind a real novice coming on here for advice. I have read a lot of posts on here and on another forum but I still don't really know what I'm doing and I don't want to guess/break something, and neither do I want to spend out on parts which may be useless.
Here's the issue : my daughter inherited a Salora Stereo 2001 with a Thorens TD-160 deck built in. It all worked and has played fine for months.
These last couple of weeks, any record played has skated towards the centre - i.e. the tonearm lowers, looks to start and then almost immediately skates across the whole record. The stylus looks intact.
Here's what I've read and tried :
I have tried all combinations of balancing / anti skating as per the original manual - nothing seems to make a difference. I do not know the force recommended by the stylus manufacturer but again nothing seems to make any difference.
A forum suggested that some wires at the back of the tonearm may be dragging/pulling it/giving it force? > no, have looked and don't think so, all seem to have enough movement
There was another suggestion about seeing if the tonearm moves by itself?
So... if I set the If I rest the tonearm with the position lowered (i.e ready to play), with no record on the deck (for safety!) (and the balancing a bit light set so that the tonearm has freedom to move above the platter), then if I manually move the tonearm towards the spindle, it will NOT rest there, it wants to navigate back to towards the OUTSIDE by itself i.e. it drifts AWAY from center (which is the opposite to the skating issue...) - maybe that's normal?
I read the posts on here and I realise that you guys are talking in terms I really don't understand and I could really do with an easy guide (if there is such a thing?!) to fixing this.
In summary :
Stylus looks intact - probably needs replacing but I'm sure it's not the issue
I have tried all combinations of heavy to light balancing - still same issue
Stylus navigates towards centre when trying to play
Tonearm will not rest by itself in test mode - and moves outwards.
There are a couple of pics attached which show the model etc. I am aware the stylus is not attached in them, I removed it to test the tonearm movement over the platter and didn't want to damage it.
Thanks in advance and sorry if I'm not up to speed enough to follow everything.
I also have a supplementary question on platter startup speed but maybe we'll fix this first if poss