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    Dual 1019 Tonearm Alignment (me = noob)

    Hi, I'm brand new to turntables so please feel free to mock and ridicule my lack of knowledge and my rudimentary hold on even basic TT terminology.

    Anyhoo, I just purchased a Dual 1019 in great condition other then the fact the automatic tonearm goes straight to the middle of the record instead of at the beginning. I have the lower left thing set on 33 and the lower right gadget set to 30. I've tried adjusting each doo-whacky but that doesn't seem to work. When I set the lower right guy to 17 it comes a little closer to the beginning of the record, but not nearly close enough.

    Is this something I can fix? Please help me.

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    Hi Scott, now sure if I can help but I'll try, I used to own a BIC 960. The adjustment for mine, I had a small screw which you could see with a flashlight thru a small hole in the plate covering the turntable base, just behind where the tone arm is attached to the base. Turning the screw clockwise brought the arm closer to the edge, ccw more towards the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvtolisten
    Hi Scott, now sure if I can help but I'll try, I used to own a BIC 960. The adjustment for mine, I had a small screw which you could see with a flashlight thru a small hole in the plate covering the turntable base, just behind where the tone arm is attached to the base. Turning the screw clockwise brought the arm closer to the edge, ccw more towards the middle.


    Yes I also remember that is an adjustible feature. Good answer luvtolisten.
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    Hey, thanks for the speedy responses. I tried adjusting screws that I believe are on the plate covering but I'm not sure. It didn't seem to help. I've taken some pictures of the machine and the screws I messed around with.
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    Okay here is the screw you need to adjust, just above where it says Dual, right near the corner of the top plate.
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    I was unable to upload the manual for your turntable, but you can get it here, you just have to register (it's free). It'll show you a picture of all adjustments on page 4.


    http://www.vinylengine.com/library/dual/1019.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvtolisten
    Okay here is the screw you need to adjust, just above where it says Dual, right near the corner of the top plate.
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    I was unable to upload the manual for your turntable, but you can get it here, you just have to register (it's free). It'll show you a picture of all adjustments on page 4.


    http://www.vinylengine.com/library/dual/1019.shtml
    I've tried adjusting that screw and nothing changes - the tonearm still goes straight to the center of the record.


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    It has been awhile since I have used a Dual of that vintage. Could you photograph the two knobs on the left. One is to set speed. Also how about an overhead picture of the tonearm pivot and base. Thanks
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    I'm a bit confused. Does it jump to the middle when playing, or just when you start on the automatic mode. I'm not sure whether you have an indexing or antiskating issue.
    It would be a great benefit to you to download the manual in my previous post. On page 4, it gives you a blow up of the table, showing you where all the adjustments are, not just for this problem, but for reference for future problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvtolisten
    I'm a bit confused. Does it jump to the middle when playing, or just when you start on the automatic mode. I'm not sure whether you have an indexing or antiskating issue.
    It would be a great benefit to you to download the manual in my previous post. On page 4, it gives you a blow up of the table, showing you where all the adjustments are, not just for this problem, but for reference for future problems.
    The needle sets down at the very middle (the labeled portion) of the record when set on "30" and "25" on the automatic mode. When set to "17" it sets down about 2/3 across the record.

    I've downloaded the manual, and have toyed with the adjustments but to no avail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnMichael
    It has been awhile since I have used a Dual of that vintage. Could you photograph the two knobs on the left. One is to set speed. Also how about an overhead picture of the tonearm pivot and base. Thanks
    Hope these help.
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    Have tried setting the record size selector to "7" ? This supposedly exposes the adjustment screw through the opening in the chassis near the tone arm post. (As stated on pg 9 of the manual "Adjustment for lead in groove"). You may need to check your anti-skating setting first, since the indexing is so far off. It may a combination of adjusting both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvtolisten
    Have tried setting the record size selector to "7" ? This supposedly exposes the adjustment screw through the opening in the chassis near the tone arm post. (As stated on pg 9 of the manual "Adjustment for lead in groove"). You may need to check your anti-skating setting first, since the indexing is so far off. It may a combination of adjusting both.
    Mine doesn't have a size 7. It does have 17, though, and that setting does expose the adjustment screw.

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    One thing I'm noticing now is that after playing with the adjustment knob, I can use the cue-control to the lift the tone arm, and while set on "30" I can physically slide the tonearm over and it stops (there is resistance) right at the beginning of the album where it should. So that when I now use the cue-control to lower the tone arm it lands in the right spot. If I were to try this all on automatic with the 30 setting, however, the tonearm would go straight to the labeled center of the album.

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    It sound like you've done all you can as far as adjustments go. It may be time to take in into a shop, or if you feel comfortable, take a look under the hood. You may find a a spring loose, or the remnants of a broken part. Or it could be a matter of cleaning and changing the grease, which over time becomes tacky and could be making something stick instead of sliding. I've done it before, on electronic equipment with moving parts,using some alcohol (91%) and Q-tips. I believe you'll see a white grease, as I say over time, tends to make things stick rather slide freely.

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