I just picked up a Denon 1200 (circa 1980's) in excellent condition and everything mechanical seems to be working well.
It maintains a steady speed. One issue I have is that I need to turn my amp volume up to 3/4 to get any decent sound from it. The issue does not present on my cd player, radio, etc. so it seems to be isolated to the turn table. I DO have really long cables (10 feet) connecting it to the amp, but they are gold plated and good quality.
So two questions:
1. Could the length of the cables be causing the volume drop, or could I need a new cart?
2. Should I repack the bearing on the motor, (it's really easy to do) or not try to "fix it until it's broke" ?
Thanks in advance for your input - I'm pretty much a newb when it comes to turntables.