sounds like a cartridge alignment issue, but try raising
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Are you sure you set up the TT properly?
Correct tracking force?
Make sure the arm lift is set properly and clear of the arm in the down position.
The arm just seems to lose pull as it gets towards the spindle. Any other thoughts?
Do you mean the arm want to move outward, toward the start of the LP? If this is the case decrease the anti skate. In fact for starters do not apply any anti skate.
[url=http://us.marantz.com/DFU_TT-15S1_eng.pdf]setting stylus force and anti skate[/url]
Is the tonearm contacting another object at the end of the record? I know, it sounds like a dumb question, but I've made all the dumb mistakes one can make (I think), and that was one of them. The back of the tonearm was contacting the wall of the shelf at the very end of the record!
I also had a problem where the cueing mechanism wasn't level, and contacted the tonearm at the end of a record. That caused skipping.
If it's none of those, then it sounds like you have way too much anti-skate, and the arm is being pulled back to toward the arm-rest.
Does the Marantz have an azimuth adjustment?
Is the table itself level?
Hope this helps.
I had the same table you have, the TT-15S1 and it did the same thing. I checked and rechecked till I had enough. I couldn't figure it out. So I returned it to the dealer I bought it from and got the Rega P5 and now I'm very satisfied. I never cared to find out any thing more about the Marantz. It sounds like you have my table.
That is actually good to hear. Makes me think it isn't just me. I really love the sound of this table and would like to get it to work. I'm going to give Marantz a call.
No, there is nothing that it actually contacting the arm, and i used one of those laser-level things to make sure it is level. It does seem like the arm is being pulled back to the rest position, though.
03-01-07: StorgusoIf you are positive the arm lift is free of the arm in the down position, and the arm moves freely on the arm pivot then it sure sounds like the problem is too much anti skate applied.
Read this review article on the TT.
Here is a paragraph from the article about the anti-skate mechanism.
"The anti skate is done by a magnet system which in my first sample was installed backwards, reversing the direction of the anti skate torque. The screw-in stationary magnet should attract the front magnet on the arm and repel the back one. Try this with the stationary magnet not yet installed to be sure things are right."
Yeah, i tried it with the screw completely out, and it didn't solve the problem.
I talked to Marantz today (after being on hold for over an hour) and the dude on the phone said it was most likely a defective cartridge or tonearm, but they couldn't deal with me directly. I need to call the dealer and switch them out.