Found 12th Oct 2016
Hi guys.
So I'm not an avid vinyl collector, but I'd like a record player just for the novelty.
However, I bought one of the briefcase players. It worked perfectly with my old vinyls. But when I started playing a brand new vinyl which I purchased on Amazon, it would play a few seconds and then the needle would skip a chunk and play again (rinse and repeat).
I tried adjusting the speed etc but it still happened.

Now I'm not being picky. I want something cheap and cheerful (as it's only a fad). But I'd like to know why this happens and what I need to look out for on other players to avoid this.

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Sounds more like faulty vinyl. How many new records have you tried?

Original Poster

cheaperthebetter

Sounds more like faulty vinyl. How many new records have you tried?



I've tried 4 different records. It happens to them all (including my new frank Sinatra platinum vinyl). Yet all of my old sinatra records work perfectly.

Tape a. Penny on the top of needle. Try that

Probably the new vinyl is a shallower press compared to the old. Basically you need a heavier head on the needle end of the arm. Is the arm weighted or counter balanced. I have heard of people (cough) who plop some blue tack on the the needle end to provide a bit more weight and prove the problem.
Edited by: "Argoj" 12th Oct 2016

Original Poster

This could be it. Thanks guys.
What a nightmare!

gillhoose1888

Tape a. Penny on the top of needle. Try that



​awesome, but are you thinking old penny like I am?

Having checked on the internet, I cant see that the Crosley (I assume that's the one you have) has any adjustment for downforce or tracking or antiskate, it's just a fit and forget design. As others have suggested, you need to artificially account for a low tracking force by adding to the head of the cartridge itself. Small blobs of blutack is probably the simplest, but you dont want to add too much so go small and slowly increase until the needle stays in the groove. Adding excessive weight will increase the downforce too much and could increase the wear and tear on both your records and the needle.

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rob3rt

Having checked on the internet, I cant see that the Crosley (I assume … Having checked on the internet, I cant see that the Crosley (I assume that's the one you have) has any adjustment for downforce or tracking or antiskate, it's just a fit and forget design. As others have suggested, you need to artificially account for a low tracking force by adding to the head of the cartridge itself. Small blobs of blutack is probably the simplest, but you dont want to add too much so go small and slowly increase until the needle stays in the groove. Adding excessive weight will increase the downforce too much and could increase the wear and tear on both your records and the needle.



​or you can turn the turntable by hand with the stylus in place and wait till you come to the groove that is too narrow, then widen the groove with a very sharp pin.
honest.

unclejim27

​or you can turn the turntable by hand with the stylus in place and wait t … ​or you can turn the turntable by hand with the stylus in place and wait till you come to the groove that is too narrow, then widen the groove with a very sharp pin.honest.



Ceramic cartridges have the same effect.
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