SL-1210GR clicks on arm lift or arm drop?

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SL-1210GR clicks on arm lift or arm drop?

Post by Sterling1 » 16 Jul 2018 14:53

Upon setting tonearm up or down using cue lever, I hear a squeaky clicking sound originating at the parts of the turntable which drop or lift tonearm. Is this clicking sound, ( usually three to five even spaced clicks ) normal? If not can I repair it? This turntable was purchased just a week ago, new from B & H. Other than the clicking sound, the unit works great.

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Re: SL-1210GR clicks on arm lift or arm drop?

Post by audiopile » 16 Jul 2018 17:07

so this is a mechanical noise coming from the lifter mechanism - at the arm base ? If you aren't sure - try buying or borrowing a stethoscope -these are handy for isolating odd noises from equipment.it's not coming thru your speakers ? you might want to try cuing the arm up and down off of a stationary record maybe 20 times -see if this goes away ? My GAE is completely silent and for what it's worth -don't remember ever noticing this on any of the ratty SL-1200 's I've rebuilt ? Might be time to give it back to B&H and go for a replacement -either from them or another dealer. If this were one of my very used 1200's - I probably wouldn't care - but new should start out pretty darn near perfect -it's part of what ya get for the extra money you pay for new.

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Re: SL-1210GR clicks on arm lift or arm drop?

Post by Sterling1 » 16 Jul 2018 19:26

audiopile wrote:so this is a mechanical noise coming from the lifter mechanism - at the arm base ? If you aren't sure - try buying or borrowing a stethoscope -these are handy for isolating odd noises from equipment.it's not coming thru your speakers ? you might want to try cuing the arm up and down off of a stationary record maybe 20 times -see if this goes away ? My GAE is completely silent and for what it's worth -don't remember ever noticing this on any of the ratty SL-1200 's I've rebuilt ? Might be time to give it back to B&H and go for a replacement -either from them or another dealer. If this were one of my very used 1200's - I probably wouldn't care - but new should start out pretty darn near perfect -it's part of what ya get for the extra money you pay for new.
Thanks for the advice. It made me think that possibly the track mechanism, which the tonearm rests upon, might have some friction, so I licked my finger and got the mechanism somewhat wet. Clicks disappeared. Now, I know where to lube if that's necessary. I guess you could say I think I've got the problem licked. :D

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Re: SL-1210GR clicks on arm lift or arm drop?

Post by Sterling1 » 01 Dec 2018 18:49

update: the squeaking/clicking noise at intersection of tonearm lift and tonearm, heard when lifting or lowering the tonearm, has disappeared. The folks at Panasonic advised me that dampening fluid likely was not yet distributed and to give it some time. I actually believe howeverthat there was some sort of contamination on the arm lift, since brushing it with a stylus brush perpendicular to the lift minimized squeaking, apparently the result of drag. At any rate, now my SL-1210 is as quiet as a mouse, lifting arm from record, lowering the arm to record, and moving the arm across the record in off record surface condition, of course.

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Re: SL-1210GR clicks on arm lift or arm drop?

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 01 Dec 2018 19:53

For this money and japanese made it have to be perfect. If you would have PLX-1000 I couldn`t be surprised to have that kind of problem.

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Re: SL-1210GR clicks on arm lift or arm drop?

Post by Sterling1 » 01 Dec 2018 23:02

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
01 Dec 2018 19:53
For this money and japanese made it have to be perfect. If you would have PLX-1000 I couldn`t be surprised to have that kind of problem.
Well, it appears to be perfect now. But, for sure, I would have sent it back had not the Panasonic communition stated the squeaking noise would clear up. Now, all is well. I'm very pleased. Tonearm cueing is now as precise as it is quiet.

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