I forgot to mention the the resistor and cap are probably like that from the factory. They are probably an afterthought. If boards have been made they are not going to dump them for a small change. They will cut and jumper traces and add parts with adhesive.
This appears to be a similar machine for which there is a manual:https://www.vinylengine.com/library/Sony/ps-x35.shtml
The magnetic stuff on the bottom of the platter appears to be oxide similar to magnetic tape. In any case it is the speed sense. If the platter spins at correct speed it is likely fine.
The commutation is handled by Hall sensors which do have adjustments associated with them. They are on the board in near the motor rotor. I can easily believe these will effect startup direction. Adjustment will require a scope so either get one if you feel you can do it or find a friend with one who can understand the procedure in the manual.
If the machine runs in the right direction after hand starting it, just do that until you are sure you can find someone who can adjust the pots near the Hall sensors. I recommend NOT messing with the pots without a scope and an understanding of the procedure.
That request almost sounds a scene. Do you think I am just another turntable whore thst you can just take for a spin. I do not show the underside of my platter on the first date
Alright my mom says its o.k.
If anything you might see an oily fingerprint on the platter but that's about it. There is a kind of wear mark on each spoke of the underside where I suppose that sensor looking component has been making contact as the platter spins