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    Default need some turntable maintenance help

    Hey guys,
    I'm trying to get this Marantz turntable up and running just to hear what it actually sounds like. Last I knew, it just didn't seem to turn on... well, I had some more time to look at it tonight, so I took the mat off the platter, and found that the belt had come off. I'm not interested in buying a new belt right now, and this one is still in one piece, so I want to try to put it back on. I can't get the platter off, so how do I do it?

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    The only thing I can tell you is my platter comes right off without any screws or anything. If yours doesn't, you may need to take it apart to get in there.
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    You are correct. Not being used to turntables, I didn't want to just go yanking on stuff, but my dad came up and gave it a pull and it popped off. Got the belt on, gave it a test listen, and it sounds much better than could be expected if you were to go by George Grand's glowing review.

    Next on the list is if I can remove the needle from the cartridge and just replace that, or if I should just replace the whole cartridge. In it right now is an Audio-Technica LS480/LT. Again, I know close to zip about turntables at the moment, other than how to operate them. That's what this turntable is for.... a learning experience.

    So far, I've learned-

    Yank on the platter.... it'll most likely come off
    Ground wires are there for a BIG reason...

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    If you don't know the age of the TT or the cart, I'd say bring the TT into a local shop that sells carts and have them install it. That's what I did and the guy change the cart right in front of my eyes and set everything up. It was good to see someone else do it before I got my fumbly hands in there.

    Nice to see someone else getting into this vinyl thing. It's great.

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    Cartridge was easy enough to remove, as was the needle from the cartridge. Unfortunately, there aren't any real stereo shops around me these days... I think I'll probably have to go to Elex Atelier ( www.elexatelier.com ) on this one...

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    Good luck, let us know how you make out.
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    Wow... I emailed Elex Atelier last night, and got a reply already. Here's what it had to say:

    "We are a factory direct Audio-Technica distributor and
    take advantage of volume discounts so you won't have
    to pay full price.

    The LS480/LT is quite a good cartridge. If it is
    functional then the smart thing to do is to replace
    the stylus.

    We have the Audio-Technica ATN122EP stylus (needle)
    for
    the LS480/LT cartridge @ $44.95 + $6.90 S&H. This
    special elliptical stylus will bring your cartridge
    back to its original performance."

    AND

    "An inexpensive and good replacement cartridge is the
    Audio Technica AT300P now on sale @ $34.95 + $6.90 S&H
    (US Addressee). It uses an aluminum cantilever with a
    conical diamond to deliver a crystal clean and rich
    sound.

    A better cartridge is the Audio-Technica AT301EP @
    $42.95 + $6.90 S&H. It too has an elliptical stylus
    and sounds musically refined. The Audio-Technica
    AT331LP/8008A on sale now at $64.95 + $6.90 S&H
    (retail $149.00) offers extended dynamic range and
    wonderful detail via its superlative Line Contact
    stylus. Of the three choices, the Audio-Technica
    AT331LP/8008A offers the best musical value. Your
    choice."


    Do you guys suggest just replacing the needle and keeping the cartridge that Elex says is a good one, or should I update it to something more modern?

    I need to figure out how to get the anti-skating tweaked out, as well. I had a good listen to it last night, and was happy with it (keeping in mind it cost me $6), but now I have to decide if it's worth the money...

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    I'm just getting into this vinyl thing myself.

    I would probably go with the AT331LP/8008A. Half price ain't bad. Then, you know you have a brand new cartridge and stylus. One thing you may want to ask them is if that cart fit most turntables. If you're planning on starting a vinyl collection, and that Marantz isn't doing it for you, you could always get a new table and put your new cart on it.

    Just a thought.
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    Good thought.... I also have a Garrard Syncro-Lab turntable in the basement that needs a good deal of work. The motor is still good on it, but it needs to be greased up and worked over. Also, the cartridge is totally shot. It's an A-body and the wires are all broken...

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