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Yamaha P-450 turntable tonearm lubrication

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As the Subject says...I have an admittedly-old Yamaha P-450 turntable...not the greatest, but it has served my needs over the years.

Lately the tonearm pivot (the left-right, up-down) where it connects to the base has stopped moving freely. I've had to increase the tracking force in order to get it to drop normally onto the record - not a good solution, I know.

I've ordered a service manual so I can hopefully ascertain how to remedy this, but my thinking is that after all of this time, it simply needs lubrication - but I don't if this is advisable or possible, and, if so, what lubricant to use.

I was hoping to get some advice.

Thanks,

- Mark
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jdcrox, thanks for that, I have done so.
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A silicone lubricant such as is used for locks etc, is usually a good choice, but there are many different situations.

The old lubricant may have dried out and become solid or gummy, and needs to be flushed out with a solvent first.





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As the Subject says...I have an admittedly-old Yamaha P-450 turntable...not the greatest, but it has served my needs over the years.

Lately the tonearm pivot (the left-right, up-down) where it connects to the base has stopped moving freely. I've had to increase the tracking force in order to get it to drop normally onto the record - not a good solution, I know.

I've ordered a service manual so I can hopefully ascertain how to remedy this, but my thinking is that after all of this time, it simply needs lubrication - but I don't if this is advisable or possible, and, if so, what lubricant to use.

I was hoping to get some advice.

Thanks,

- Mark
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

A silicone lubricant such as is used for locks etc, is usually a good choice, but there are many different situations.

The old lubricant may have dried out and become solid or gummy, and needs to be flushed out with a solvent first.

Thanks very much for that, much appreciated - haven't received the service manual yet, I may try and open the thing up anyway this weekend and have a look anyway.

- Mark
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