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Turntable Repair Basics or should I try to fix my own Dual turntable?

     The Dual turntable is a magnificent piece of engineering, not that dissimilar to a fine German clock.
     Can you work on one yourself?  There are a lot of minor repairs that the owner can do themselves.
     Then there are other repairs best left to the Dual professional, such as complete disassembly of the
     turntable. Ask yourself this question. Would you be comfortable doing a brake replacement on
     your own automobile yourself? If the answer is yes, you probably could sucessfully work on your
     Dual. Dual turntables, especially the changers, have a lot of levers and springs and nuts and bolts.
     These units have to be assembled and reassembled in a certain manner to get the timing
      mechanisms put together just right.  It actually is not that different than replacing brake pads and
      brake shoes on your own auto! Then there are the fine adjustments that require special tools and
      know how.  If the answer is no, than the more advanced repairs are best left to the pros and we
     do have several very good ones listed on our Parts/Service page.
     Here are some basic points to remember if you have decided that you are going to work
     on your own turntable.
     1. Have a place where you can work on the unit that is clean and dust-free. You don't
         want to contaminate your turntable while working on it.
     2. Have the Service Manual for your turntable on hand. These manuals have trouble
         shooting guides and exploded view diagrams of your particular mode. Very helpful
         if you get into trouble. You can obtain the correct service manual from several of our 
         vendors on the Parts/Service page. See the link below.
     3. Protect that tonearm! You wouldn't believe how many people have destroyed their
         own  tonearms by flipping over their Dual turntables to work on them and the tonearm 
         took the brunt of the weight of the turntable.  Place an upside down turntable on the
         top of a box or something like that. A square box with a hollow center works well. 
         If it's made of wood, that's even better, and remember to line the top edge with felt
         material to make sure the points of contact with the turntable doesn't leave scratches
         on the plinth. And remember to clip down the tonearm before inverting the turntable!
     4.You will have lots of nuts and bolts, screws, springs, and washers, to contend with. 
        I would have some small containers on hand to hold these so you don't lose them!
          We regularly get e-mails from people who have sucessfully repaired their own
          turntables. If you work slowly and think things out before you do them, you can to
          be a success story too!
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