Tonearm Bearing Play in an NTX-1000

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Tonearm Bearing Play in an NTX-1000

Post by djericd443 » 17 Jan 2019 22:27

Hi, I've recently bought an NTX-1000 turntable. It works good, except for the fact that there's a bit of tonearm play in it. How bad is this? The turntable sounds good, but I'm concerned for the wellbeing of my records. Thanks.

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Re: Tonearm Bearing Play in an NTX-1000

Post by Spinner45 » 17 Jan 2019 22:47

Those technics-style knockoffs always seem to be laden with issues.
Poor quality control and sloppy assembly.

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Re: Tonearm Bearing Play in an NTX-1000

Post by djericd443 » 17 Jan 2019 22:54

Spinner45 wrote:
17 Jan 2019 22:47
Those technics-style knockoffs always seem to be laden with issues.
Poor quality control and sloppy assembly.
Yeah, I should've known better, but I don't have the money to get another. Will it damage my records at all?

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Re: Tonearm Bearing Play in an NTX-1000

Post by nat » 18 Jan 2019 02:52

Bearing play often is part of a cost effective strategy to minimize friction. You loose some detail when the bearings aren't tight, but you are unlikely to damage records. You can tighten the bearings, but be careful since you don't want them to bind at all. Unless you are handy and like a challenge, or the arm is completely wandering about, leaving them alone is probably sensible.

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Re: Tonearm Bearing Play in an NTX-1000

Post by djericd443 » 18 Jan 2019 03:50

nat wrote:
18 Jan 2019 02:52
Bearing play often is part of a cost effective strategy to minimize friction. You loose some detail when the bearings aren't tight, but you are unlikely to damage records. You can tighten the bearings, but be careful since you don't want them to bind at all. Unless you are handy and like a challenge, or the arm is completely wandering about, leaving them alone is probably sensible.
This is about the amount of play I have in the bearings. Is it worth replacing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTNpBsrSANk

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Re: Tonearm Bearing Play in an NTX-1000

Post by Spinner45 » 18 Jan 2019 06:17

djericd443 wrote:
18 Jan 2019 03:50
nat wrote:
18 Jan 2019 02:52
Bearing play often is part of a cost effective strategy to minimize friction. You loose some detail when the bearings aren't tight, but you are unlikely to damage records. You can tighten the bearings, but be careful since you don't want them to bind at all. Unless you are handy and like a challenge, or the arm is completely wandering about, leaving them alone is probably sensible.
This is about the amount of play I have in the bearings. Is it worth replacing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTNpBsrSANk
Sorry, but with that camera shaking all over the place, it's impossible to understand what you're trying to do there.

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