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Turntable playing too slowly

Hello,

I've recently noticed that my Ion Archive LP turntable plays records too slowly despite being on the correct (33) setting. I've seen under previously solved questions that other customers have had the same problem, which was solved by making adjustments from the bottom of the turntable.

I've managed to remove the cover from the hole marked 33. However, all I see is a portion of a metal circle with a hole cut out of it. It's difficult to see through the hole in the metal circle (it's dark and it doesn't line up with the hole in the black cover), but I haven't been able to find a screw. Is that what I'm looking for?
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  • Hi Jordan,

    Thanks for posting. 

    In most cases of your turntable playing slowly, this is not a hardware issue, and most likely just an issue with your belt not being properly installed. Please follow these steps below for step-by-step instructions on how to install the belt for your turntable:

    Turntable Belt Replacement Guide The pictures below are of the ION Audio TTUSB05. Your turntable may look slightly different, but the procedure is very similar.

    1. Remove both the record, and the slip mat from the turntable. Some platters may have a c-clip that will also need to be removed before you can remove the platter. This can easily be removed by applying a little force with a screw driver and prying it against the opening.

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    2. Remove the platter by pulling straight up, and off the spindle. 

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    3. Place the platter upside down on a flat surface and stretch the new belt around the inner ring. It is important to center the belt on the ring. Make sure it is on straight, and free of any twists.

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    4. With the belt is on, flip the platter over and place it back on the turntable spindle.  Rotate the platter so that you can see the brass motor spindle through one of the openings in the platter. In most cases this spindle is in the bottom left corner of the turntable. 

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    5. Pull the belt from the platter so and stretch it around the motor spindle. If the belt is not centered on the spindle your turntable may playback at inaccurate speeds.

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    Important: Some platters do not have an access hole.  In this case, stretch the belt over the bottom circle on the platter, then the small post as in the images below:



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    Then align the point of the teardrop shape formed by the belt and the post with the motor spindle as you lower the platter onto the spindle.



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    Turn the platter clockwise and counter-clockwise two full turns each direction.  If the platter feels motion restricted at all in any point, then remove and try again.  Some light consistent resistance is normal from the motor.

     

    Replace the c-clip if desired.  If your turntable has a slip mat, place it back on the platter. Your turntable is now ready to play! 

       
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