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Old 07-22-2010, 08:18 AM
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Technics SL-B300

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!
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:40 AM
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Welcome to AK!

The SL-B300 would be fine for you and it uses a light tracking force which will be very kind to your records.

A new belt:

Best deals on a decent cartridge for your tt:
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:08 AM
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What cartridge comes with it? You may be able to get away with just a new stylus purchase.
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:45 PM
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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!
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:47 PM
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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.

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Old 08-16-2010, 01:10 PM
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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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