How to Repair a Rega Turntable

Turntable or record-player technology is largely outdated. However, many DJs and analogue recording enthusiasts rely heavily on DIY repair methods to keep their turntables in working order. Rega turntables or record players have been manufactured by the UK-based company of the same name since the early 1970s. As with any record player, Rega turntables often need to be repaired after long periods of use. Turntable repairs commonly include belt and record needle replacement. Each procedure requires that you partially dismantle the turntable unit.

Power off the turntable, and unplug its power cord from the electrical socket. If the turntable has been running long, allow the turntable 30 minutes to cool down. Relocate the turntable to a sturdy work surface.

Remove the rubber dust cover from the turntable platter. The platter is the spinning platform where you place the record. Grasp the platter, and pull straight up to disengage it from the spinning rod that goes through the platter's centre. Slide the platter out of the turntable to reveal the belt inside the record player.

Determine if the belt is broken. If it's broken, you can remove it from inside the turntable. If it's worn, you must firmly pull apart the belt until it unhooks from the grooves on the belt drive.

Wrap the replacement belt around the belt drive's grooves. Make sure the belt fits snugly around the belt drive. Replace the platter and the rubber dust cover.

Grasp the record needle firmly between your thumb and index finger. Pull the record needle forward until it's completely disconnected from the needle's tone arm.

Use a can of compressed air to blow out any dust and debris from within the tone arm's connector. Dust can significantly effect how the record needle will play.

Slide the new record needle into the tone arm's three-pronged connector until it is firmly connected.

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Ezekiel James began as a music writer in 2003. Since then, James has served as a writer for several music, technology and design publications. His work has been published on eHow, and in print for the "The Potrero View" and "Punk Planet." James is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Portland State University.