Are you having trouble getting your turntable to play records at the correct speed? You’re not alone. It is a common issue, and there are several ways to fix it.
This blog post will outline some of the most common causes of record player speed issues and show you how to troubleshoot and fix them. We’ll also provide some tips on keeping your turntable running smoothly for years to come.
Reasons for playing too fast
Incorrect belt tension
One of the most common reasons for records playing too fast is incorrect belt tension. If the belt is too loose, it will cause the platter to spin faster than it should. It can be easily fixed by tightening the belt.
Dirty or damaged stylus
Another possible reason for records playing too fast is a dirty or damaged stylus. If the stylus is dirty, it can cause the record to spin faster than expected. A damaged stylus can also cause this issue. If you suspect that the stylus is the problem, try cleaning it with a soft cloth or replacing it with a new one.
Warped records can also cause turntables to play too fast. Warping can occur when records are stored improperly or exposed to extreme temperatures. If you suspect that your record is warped, try playing it on another turntable to see if the issue persists. If it does, the record may need to be replaced.
Wrong speed selection
If you’re using a turntable with a speed selector (such as 78, 45, or 33), ensure that you’ve selected the correct speed for the record you’re playing. Playing a record at the wrong speed can cause it to play too fast.
Incorrect turntable speed calibration
Another possible reason for records playing too fast is incorrect turntable speed calibration. Most turntables have a built-in speed calibration feature that allows you to adjust the platter’s speed. If this feature is not working correctly, it can cause records to play too fast.
Player parts are too dry
If the player parts are too dry, it can cause the records to play faster than they should. It is most common in players that haven’t been used in a while.
The deformed center hole on record
A deformed center hole on the record can cause the turntable to play the record too fast. It is most common with older records that have been playing a lot.
How to check if your player is playing too fast
There are a few ways to check if your player is playing too fast:
First, check the speed of the platter. Most turntables have a built-in speedometer that allows you to check the platter’s speed. If the platter is spinning at the correct speed, it will be within +/-2% of the specified speed. If the platter is spinning too fast, it will be higher than the specified speed.
Listen to the record. If the record plays too fast, it will sound “high-pitched” or “scratchy.”
Check the pitch with a tuner. If you have a tuner, you can use it to check the record’s pitch. If the pitch is higher than usual, it means that the record is playing too fast.
Use mobile phone apps. You can use a few mobile phone apps to check the speed of a turntable. One popular option is the ” Vinyl Speed Check” app.
How to fix the speed on my record player?
Replace the Record
In some cases, the record itself may be the problem. For example, if the center hole is deformed, it can cause the turntable to play the record too fast. Try replacing the record with a new one to see if that fixes the problem.
One of the most common causes of records playing too fast is a loose or damaged belt. The belt is responsible for transferring the rotational force from the motor to the platter. First, inspect the belt to see if it needs to be tightened or replaced.
Make sure your turntable is well lubricated. If the parts of your turntable are too dry, it can cause the records to play faster than they should. You can lubricate the parts of your turntable with light oil, such as WD-40 or 3-in-1 oil.
Check speed switch
Sometimes the speed switch can have a problem where it is too far in one direction or the other. As a result, it will cause the records to play too fast. The solution is to move the switch back to the middle position carefully.
Adjust the speed of the platter
If your turntable has a speed calibration feature, you can use it to adjust the platter’s speed. Most turntables have a knob or switch that allows you to adjust the speed. Consult your turntable’s manual for specific instructions on calibrating the speed.
If your turntable has a brake, you can try adjusting it. The brake is responsible for stopping the platter from spinning. If the brake is not adjusted properly, it can cause the records to play too fast.
Check the owner’s manual
If you’re still having trouble, consult your turntable’s owner’s manual. The manual may have specific instructions on how to fix the problem.
Tips on how to keep your record player running smoothly
Here are a few tips on how to keep your record player running smoothly:
- Check the belt tension regularly.Make sure to check the belt tension every few months to ensure that it is not too loose or too tight.
- Store records properly.Records should be stored upright in a cool, dry place. Avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures or sunlight.
- Handle records carefully.Be careful when handling records. Hold them by the edges and avoid touching the surface.
- Clean records regularly.Records should be cleaned before each use. Use a soft cloth or record brush to remove dust and debris.
- Use a dust cover.Keeping your record player clean will help it to run smoothly. Use a dust cover when you’re not using it to keep dust and dirt out.
- Don’t overuse it.Try to avoid playing records for more than an hour at a time. Overusing your record player can cause wear and tear on the parts.
- Check for damage regularly.Inspect your record player regularly for any damage. If you notice any cracks or breaks, get them repaired as soon as possible.
- Don’t force it.If something doesn’t seem to be working right, don’t force it. This can cause more damage and make the problem worse.
- Get it serviced regularly.Have your record player serviced by a professional every few years to keep it running smoothly.