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post #1 of 18 Old 07-05-2013, 05:25 PM - Thread Starter
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I've got a Pro-Ject Carbon Debut, belt-driven TT. I've just started playing records on it, and spent the first two days I had off work with the thing doing nothing but enjoying records; however, I felt that continually starting/stopping the motor would be bad for the TT, so I've been flipping/changing my records while leaving the TT spinning.

Presently I've just got the basic felt mat that came with it, and am already annoyed by the static electricity it can pick up, but I'm not sure if I want to go with a cork or leather mat, and I realize that's all subjective. And I'm leery about switching to an acrylic platter which many people seem to recommend for better sound with the Carbon Debut and changing on the fly.

I realize there's probably no 'right' answer, just looking for people's experiences and opinions. I've really just started, and have invested some decent money into records already. I want them to be around for awhile, but I'd like my TT to survive a long while too.
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I leave the TT spinning when switching sides. You can get an anti-static gun for pretty cheap but the acrylic platter would be a nice upgrade.

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I turn mine off when when changing sides or LP's. I don't worry about the motor, it will likely outlast my ownership of the TT, and if not that would be a good opportunity to replace it with something better. Plus I don't end up with static while changing sides.
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Leave it running.smile.gif
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Out of curiosity, why do you guys leave it running?
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Out of curiosity, why do you guys leave it running?
I've been doing it for 50+ years. Old habits die hard.smile.gif
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however, I felt that continually starting/stopping the motor would be bad for the TT
It will not harm the motor at all.

FWIW, I stop mine because it makes it easier to get the clamp off/on.
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Bad idea. Used to do it, until one day when turning the record around above the table, the record slipped out of my hand onto the rotating platter and took out the stylus...don't do it.
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I turn it off....take of the clamp....remove the record....put on the next record....put on clamp...give it a swipe with the record brush....give the cart a swipe with the brush (unless I am cleaning cart with the stylus cleaner, or dipping it in the Mr Clean magic eraser) . turn it back on...and drop the needle. Nothing but great music.
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When I used various Technics direct drives, I would stop the platter. Every belt drive I have owned had heavy platters with mechanical power switches for the motors. Have to get the platters spinning by hand. Just always seemed easier for me and easier on the table to leave it going.

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I turn it off....take of the clamp....remove the record....put on the next record....put on clamp...give it a swipe with the record brush....give the cart a swipe with the brush (unless I am cleaning cart with the stylus cleaner, or dipping it in the Mr Clean magic eraser) . turn it back on...and drop the needle. Nothing but great music.
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I leave it on.
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I've been starting/stopping the platter of my Denon DP-59L to change sides for the past 25 years and it is still going strong.

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What a pain in the neck. Perhaps its time to dub your records to a hard drive to end all that fuss and bother.
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One man's pain may be another man's pleasure. I've transferred a good bit of my vinyl collection to digital, but there's still the unconverted percentage to listen to, including new purchases.

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What a pain in the neck. Perhaps its time to dub your records to a hard drive to end all that fuss and bother.

So.........Do You Power Off Your TT or not tongue.gif

I power mine down. Being that it's Direct Drive and has a bit of torque I don't want to tempt Murphy and his law.

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So.........Do You Power Off Your TT or not tongue.gif

I power mine down. Being that it's Direct Drive and has a bit of torque I don't want to tempt Murphy and his law.

I don't use a turntable any longer. Both of them are in a closet. I've dubbed all my records to a hard drive. Squeezebox and remote control is the way to go. I'm sick they stopped making the Squeezebox. I'm ready to buy my third one. Back in the vinyl days I did turn off the table to change records. I even had a motor driven record washing machine. My VPI turntable weighed 80 lbs. I'll bet all those gauges are still in a box somewhere. I can't even imagine wanting to fuss with that stuff again. My goal is to listen to music, not to operate music playing equipment.
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I leave mine running... Easiest thing to do... Mine is direct drive and seems like it could take my apathetic abuse a little easier than other options.

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