If you own a vinyl record player, chances are that it has a bit of wear and tear in it. Whether you play it on a regular basis or just occasionally, it is very likely that it will need some repairs to make it last longer. Repairing a record player is actually pretty easy, but you will need the right tools to get the job done properly.
The first thing you need to do when you want to repair your record player is take a look at the tonearm. The tonearm is the component that does the actual turning of the record when you turn the record spindle by hand. This component is usually made out of plastic, as it tends to be more durable than the metallic parts of other record players.
Next, you will need to take a look at the cartridge. You can either remove the cartridge completely and replace it with a new one, or you can try to repair the cartridge yourself. When doing it yourself, it is best to use epoxy glue as a repair material to hold the old record and the new one together.
Now, you will need to look at the tonearm and the inner record. The internal mechanism of a record player actually moves the record down and forward on the turntable. The tonearm needs to be able to keep the record tightly gripped onto the tonearm and keep it moving forward.
Next, you will need to remove the outer cover of the record player and be able to see the screws holding the inner shell and the tonearm. There are four screws here; you will need to unscrew them. Then, the tonearm and its pulley need to be taken apart.
Once the screws are removed, you will be able to replace the tonearm and its replaceable stylus. Just slide the stylus back into place and screw it into place. That’s all there is to it! Your record player should now be working correctly.
But of course, you won’t be able to expect your record player to operate perfectly without a working stylus. In order to get the most use out of your stylus, you will need to clean it every few weeks. If you forget to clean your stylus, you can damage the playing surface.
To clean your stylus, you will need to take a clear plastic sleeve and put a drop of alcohol on it. Rub the stylus against the cloth until the grooves are clean, then put the stylus back in your record player and listen to the music.
To clean the dust particles from your stylus, you will need to remove the stylus. You will also need to pull the record off the turntable and you can do this by moving the turntable over to the side and listening to the music. The stylus will have a little dirt on it, so scrape that away as you move the turntable away.
If you like, you can also remove some of the old record’s wax coating. Use a razor blade and a fine brush to gently pull the wax off the record’s surface. You will also need to take care of any extra grooves that may be present in the record.
After you have cleaned and dried all of the scratches, you will need to replace the stylus in your record player. Insert the stylus and turn the record on, and watch the music come to life!
Once you have learned how to fix your record player, you will be able to fix just about anything that may be broken with it. And if you have an older model of a record player, you will be able to use the tips I’ve given you in this article to help you keep your record player in good condition for years to come.