Modified RB300 arm loses sound in one channel - easy fix?

Bertiebee

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I have an AO modified RB300 arm that was working perfectly on my Rega Planar 3 TT.

I swapped it onto a Systemdek IIXE900 and just recently it has developed a fault. Sometimes, not always when it is first used there is only sound coming out of one channel (it's always the same channel). A quick wiggle of the AO tonearm cable near the arm seems to cure it, so I guess there must be a bad connection (probably damaged by me when swapping TT's).

How easy a fix is this or do I need to be returning to AO to sort it out?

A long shot, does anyone have any Systemdek armboards (original) as I'm looking for a teardrop Rega mount (I think they came in different materials and thicknesses)?

Cheers

Iain

 

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Send it to J7 and let him do what he does best. Swapping an arm shouldn't result in a failure like you describe but of course you do have to be gentle with them for various reasons.

 

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Depends how confident/capable you are with a soldering iron.

Certain to be a poor connection somewhere, but trust me you need a very good illuminated magnifier, very steady hands and serious patience to do arm wiring. Plus a suitable soldering iron. Lack any of those, and you will inevitably damage rather than fix. It's not complicated, but it's very, very fiddly.

 

Bertiebee

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Guys, having exchanged a couple of emails with j7 it's going to be sent back to him to give it the once over.

Almost certain it's a breakdown in one of the phono plugs or cartridge tags but I'd rather let someone who know what they are doing sort it out.

Cheers

Iain

 

biker boy

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Iain, sending it to J7 is the best option, I would not attempt this when he is so good and is reasonable in his pricing. Doug

Guys, having exchanged a couple of emails with j7 it's going to be sent back to him to give it the once over. Almost certain it's a breakdown in one of the phono plugs or cartridge tags but I'd rather let someone who know what they are doing sort it out.

Cheers

Iain
 

Bertiebee

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J7 - top chap.

Arm sent on Monday by RMSD.

Phone call on Wedesday to say arm had been serviced, sorted and given a clean bill of health and was being returned FOC.

Genuine person and would thoroughly recommend him for any work you ever need on tonearms.

 

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