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How to Install the Belt on a Technics FG Servo SL-BD22 Turntable

Updated July 20, 2017

The Technics model SL-BD22 is very popular amongst turntable enthusiasts. It is a belt-driven, semiautomatic turntable. Installing a Technics FG Servo SL-BD22 turntable belt is a simple task. It requires no tools and only a basic knowledge of turntable maintenance. A good, strong belt is a crucial factor in maintaining a turntable's sound and can play a vital part in extending the life of a turntable.

Unplug turntable from electric source. Disconnect the turntable from the receiver and any other components. Secure tonearm. Unscrew the hinges of the dust cover and remove the cover.

Remove slipmat. Lift platter straight up. Use fingertips to gently lift over the centre spindle and set platter aside.

Loop belt around the pulley cylinder in the motor. Test the replacement belt by turning the platter clockwise two or three rotations. Belt will fit snugly and turn with little resistance.

Replace platter with spindle in the centre. Platter will snap back into place with little pressure. Replace platter mat and unlock tonearm. Reconnect power cords and connections.

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Steven DiLodovico began his writing career in 1984 by co-founding the punk magazine, The Bible and has gone on to write for such publications as Elemental, Subversive, Smut Life, and Jersey Beat. Hailing from Philadelphia, DiLodovico grew up in the underground hardcore music scene in the early '80s and has worked for several record labels.