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Turntable calibration, clipping-ish problems at loud parts
post Jan 8 2008, 01:52
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I recently got a Technics SL-J1 turntable (tangential tonearm), and I'm now trying to get it working correctly. Now, when I play discs, I sometimes hear a distortion in loud parts not completely unlike clipping. You can get a sample here (the LP should be in mint condition).

I've tried adding a small weight to the tonearm to increase the tracking force, because I read that these distortions might by caused when the needle is not pressed strongly enough against the vinyl. It did seem to reduce the problem, see the second sample here.

Should I just increase the weight until the problem disappears? Or might I damage the vinyl because of too high pressure?
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