Vinyl Skipping

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  1. Phat_Sam

    Phat_Sam Well-Known Member

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    Yo. recently, I've been havin a few problems with a select few of my vinyls. Upsettingly... its the good ones. Basically, the needle will just skip about 5mm of vinyl and then carry on playing. I was thinking this could be down to wear and tear but its happened to one or two vinyls that i dont actually play that often. It would be understandable if I reloaded it 500 times in a row.

    With one of them, I cleaned it and it seemed to work ok for a while until, undoubtedly, its started happening again.

    I've only had the vinyls for just over a year and most of them for not even that.

    Any ideas on why this is happening and also, are there any tips on how to keep my vinyls clean?

    Thanks
     
  2. safety

    safety double safety

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    you need to check you've got the tone arm set up properly with the weight positioned correctly.
     
  3. Teddy

    Teddy 60% Staff Member

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    u might not have ur tone arm weighted properly or maybe using cheap needles.. wouldn't explain why only certain records do it but might be worth checking out!
     
  4. RUSSLA

    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    Definitely a tone arm issue it sounds like. What decks do you have a what needles?
     
  5. robhicks1

    robhicks1 Nuts about Zoo

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    The biggest issue with this is :
    a. how your tone arm height, weight, anti skate are set up.
    b. if all of the above are correct it's your needles. I used to
    use Numark groovetools (shit) and all of my records used to
    jump. Now I have Ortofons and I don't think any of my records
    have jumped ever! Basically get good quality needles and carts.
    Sometimes you do get records that are just shit pressings.
    The best way to deal with this is to make sure its good when
    you listen to it in the shop.
    Hope that helps mate.
     
  6. Lunos

    Lunos Active Member

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    LOL Rob mate, ive had these on my Technics since i got them and never had a problem.....

    im after 3 Shure Whitelabels, as ive heard good things about them (y)
     
  7. DJ Uken

    DJ Uken Member

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    Sure ones are heavy man - wears your tunes wear down!!

     
  8. robhicks1

    robhicks1 Nuts about Zoo

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    I reckon that shows the quality of Technics decks that even with low quality needles they can pull through.
    Sure whitlables are supposed to be very good but from my experience go Ortofon man.
    Seriously I have never been so impressed with such small peices of kit.
     
  9. JamesZero

    JamesZero aka Zero Beats

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    Yeah, once I went Ortofon I never went back to anything else. They are amazing needles.
     
  10. Lunos

    Lunos Active Member

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    what do ones do you have and what are the cheapest Ortofon's cos i know that their pretty expensive??
     
  11. naw_dj

    naw_dj New Member

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    maybe the antiskating adjust?
    put the arm weight to 0 g. and when the needle is "flying" move the antiskating to make that the arm will stand on the midle of the vinyl long.
    sorry sorry for my spanglishh xD
     
  12. djdozer

    djdozer set 'im up...............

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    i wouldnt have thought its your needles if its only happening to a few vinyl. sounds stupidly obvious but are the vinyl warped? If theyre not then maybe the hole in the vinyl is too big?
     
  13. Le gash

    Le gash Raging Head-Ripper bruv

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    Why not save a little longer and get the dearer ones? No point paying cheap for something that aint gonna cut it two months down the line imo.
     
  14. Lunos

    Lunos Active Member

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    lol man ive had the same cheap needles for a year and they where £30 for 2
     
  15. Le gash

    Le gash Raging Head-Ripper bruv

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    Same ere I think I used the same needles for a good few years before upgrading, and the difference was pretty noticable clairty is pretty important when it come to music or is that just me:D
     
  16. Lunos

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    safe

    just noticed your from Scotland

    where abouts you live
     
  17. wordnz

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    Here is an awesome video on how to set up your tonearm. I HIGHLY recommend you take a few minutes to watch this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJFR8RdxZGM

    also make sure your anti-skate is set to 0. I see people that set it to the maximum thinking it will reduce skipping, but it actually has the opposite effect.
     
  18. robhicks1

    robhicks1 Nuts about Zoo

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    Ive just got the OM DJS's mounted on Technics headshells.
    At the minute there about £95 due to the recession. If you leave
    it a few months and let it pass they will drop back to £65 or so.
    The needles just last and last and sound amazing. The never skip and they look amazing.
    There are some slightly cheaper ones as well. But these are the ones
    that are good for everything.

    http://www.decks.co.uk/products/carts_styli/ortofon/omdjs
     
  19. Joey AdhD

    Joey AdhD sweaty scouser

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    Shure M447...never looked back...ever...and never will.
     
  20. DJNoize

    DJNoize Your Mom Rates Me

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    do u mean shure

    and no they dont

    gtfo.com