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post #1 of 5 Old 11-20-2011, 05:04 PM - Thread Starter
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I recently inherited an old stereo system, and one of the components is a Gerard SL-72b turntable. Being 32, I don't have much experience with turntables, because by the time I got into music, CD's were out. Anyway, the turntable has a Manual power switch and an Auto power switch. With both switches, if I switch it to the on position and hold it there, it plays the record. But, the moment I let go of either switch, the record stops playing. I assume this is a mechanical problem where a gear isn't staying engaged or something like that, but when looking at the bottom of the record player, I don't see anything that should be catching but isn't. Any suggestions? I am including pictures as well.

I can PM much larger pictures if someone needs to get a better look at the gear movements.

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DO NOT try to use this TT. It will destroy any disk you put on it. Either find some antique lover and sell him that unit, or just through it away. It is useless for sound reproduction.
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Thanks for your response. May I ask why you recommend against fixing and using it?
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Try Here: http://www.vinylengine.com/library/garrard/sl-72b.shtml
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Thanks for your response. May I ask why you recommend against fixing and using it?

It is inferrior to almost any modern (I mean 30 years or younger TT). If you have nostalgia, you can restore it and use as decoration in your home, but do not try to play records, unless they worth you nothing. Few plays on that thing and record will be destroyed. The only thing you may try to use it - to play shellac disks. It is better than pure mechanical player (for wich they were destined) anyway.
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