Technics SL-B300

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Rover15, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Rover15

    Rover15 New Member

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    Hey all:

    I am sure that many people just register on here to make a post that I am about to, but what the heck...

    I have a chance to pick up a used Technics SL-B300 record player for $20. It was used by the record store that I frequent, and recently, they decided to sell it. It would need a new needle and a new belt. I currently don't own a record player and I had one as a kid. I never did any maintenance, and I am guessing that this is because my dad got a good one as he didn't mess with it either.

    Anyway, I have a small collection of records, and I was wondering if Technics SL-B300 would be the type of a player that wouldn't ruin my records, which is my main concern.

    What type of a belt and needle would your recommend? Anything else that I would need to be aware of. How much would it cost to do all this, roughly?

    Of course, for $20, I can pick just it up, but I want to have some idea for additional costs before I do that.

    Thanks, everyone!
     
  2. hakaplan

    hakaplan Needs professional help

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  3. beatcomber

    beatcomber AK Member Subscriber

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    What cartridge comes with it? You may be able to get away with just a new stylus purchase.
     
  4. Rover15

    Rover15 New Member

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    Hakaplan, thanks so much for your recommendations! Beatcomber, you know, I am really not sure what cartridge it comes with, but it does not seem to be a fancy one, so I may just order one of the ones from Amazon. Thanks!
     
  5. Rover15

    Rover15 New Member

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    I have really enjoyed playing this record player for a couple of weeks. I have played a lot of classic rock, and it has been working great for me. However, when I tried playing some heavier music, I began encountering one issue, and that was hearing that crackling / buzzing sound as if my speaker was little busted. I am using Audio-technica AT 92ECD cartridge.

    This sound appeared only in portions of songs with many layers, with really high pitch and distorted guitars in the mix (sometimes, there are three guitars + one bass guitar). It would happen at the same place, and this buzzing / crackling can be heard from whichever speaker that accentuates the high pitch solo guitar (sometimes it's L and sometimes it's R). These records are brand new, never been played when purchased.

    I changed the speakers and used a nice set of headphones, and the problem was still there. It is not a grounding issue either. It's almost as if the turntable is having a tough time decoding these high pitch sounds, if that makes sense.

    I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this type of an issue with this or any other player.

    Thanks!
     
  6. Dr Tinear

    Dr Tinear AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    From your description, it sounds as if the cartridge is mistracking on heavily-modulated grooves. Since the SL-B300 has a P-Mount arm, there shouldn't be any problems with cartridge alignment, tracking force or anti-skate. You should make sure that your turntable is level, since an out-of-level condition can cause tracking problems, and you should be sure that your stylus (needle) is clean. Do a search in the AK Turntables forum for "Magic Eraser" and follow the directions in the threads you find. The Magic Eraser is the cheapest stylus-cleaning tool I know of and one of the most effective.
     

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