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    Garrard 401 pitch instability issue... Cry for advice!!
    Can anyone shed some light on why the strobe should
    Stray left and then right and will not stay still?

    Making good piano ballads sound a bit Les Dawson ish
    Thoughts?!
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    The strobe indicators on my 401 are not perfectly spaced, so there is some minor shifting back and forth. Also speed stability only really becomes rock solid after about 45, when everything has warmed up.

    If you are having a major speed stability issue it could be a few things. Has the rubber idler wheel perished? Also the motor pulley can become polished over time which stops the idler wheel have the correct traction. Wiping the inside of the platter with some IPA can help too.

    Also you can have bearing issues, I tend to oil mine every few months and every few years strip it down and clean it. Also I check all the springs as some of these tension the idler wheel against the pulley and he platter.
    ~Paul~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primalsea View Post
    The strobe indicators on my 401 are not perfectly spaced, so there is some minor shifting back and forth. Also speed stability only really becomes rock solid after about 45, when everything has warmed up.

    If you are having a major speed stability issue it could be a few things. Has the rubber idler wheel perished? Also the motor pulley can become polished over time which stops the idler wheel have the correct traction. Wiping the inside of the platter with some IPA can help too.

    Also you can have bearing issues, I tend to oil mine every few months and every few years strip it down and clean it. Also I check all the springs as some of these tension the idler wheel against the pulley and he platter.
    Thanks Paul appreciate the advice
    "lack of passion is fatal"
    Gerrard 401, classic hifi hammertone, Russ Collinson plinth / Tenuto Gun Metal Turntable Mat / SME 3012 J7 Rewired / audio-technica ATP-12T - phonomac modified / Ortofon Vintage SPU GE /Shure M3D /DV XX2Mk2 / The Cartridge Man Music Master with isolator / Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil Mono / Vintage GE VRII Mono / WAD 300b Power modded, TJ Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / Tannoy 12" MGs in RFC Custom Rutland Cabinets with RFC Custom Crossovers / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA Tinned Copper / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew /SW1X Audio SPDIF AERO 6 / Synology NAS Drive / Roon / Tidal HiFi / Mains Power Conditioner

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    Also, make sure the eddy current brake disc isn't warped or damaged. It must be perfectly flat to do its job properly.
    Adam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    Also, make sure the eddy current brake disc isn't warped or damaged. It must be perfectly flat to do its job properly.
    will do. cheers
    "lack of passion is fatal"
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    Is the pulley aligned correctly - With the platter removed get down the eye lever with the running face of the idler wheel with the unit on. Does the idler wheel contact centrally on each step of the pulley or is it fouling the step above?

    With the platter removed spin the idler wheel, does is spin freely or does it stop abruptly?

    - It is worth removing the idler wheel, cleaning the bushes and re oiling

    - Outside of general cleaning as mentioned above if the pulsing (Speed fluctuations) continue it may be a motor coil issue
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    Thank you matt I'll check it out
    "lack of passion is fatal"
    Gerrard 401, classic hifi hammertone, Russ Collinson plinth / Tenuto Gun Metal Turntable Mat / SME 3012 J7 Rewired / audio-technica ATP-12T - phonomac modified / Ortofon Vintage SPU GE /Shure M3D /DV XX2Mk2 / The Cartridge Man Music Master with isolator / Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil Mono / Vintage GE VRII Mono / WAD 300b Power modded, TJ Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / Tannoy 12" MGs in RFC Custom Rutland Cabinets with RFC Custom Crossovers / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA Tinned Copper / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew /SW1X Audio SPDIF AERO 6 / Synology NAS Drive / Roon / Tidal HiFi / Mains Power Conditioner

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    Matt definitely the pulley adjustment... rock solid now! Thank you
    "lack of passion is fatal"
    Gerrard 401, classic hifi hammertone, Russ Collinson plinth / Tenuto Gun Metal Turntable Mat / SME 3012 J7 Rewired / audio-technica ATP-12T - phonomac modified / Ortofon Vintage SPU GE /Shure M3D /DV XX2Mk2 / The Cartridge Man Music Master with isolator / Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil Mono / Vintage GE VRII Mono / WAD 300b Power modded, TJ Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / Tannoy 12" MGs in RFC Custom Rutland Cabinets with RFC Custom Crossovers / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA Tinned Copper / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew /SW1X Audio SPDIF AERO 6 / Synology NAS Drive / Roon / Tidal HiFi / Mains Power Conditioner

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