REMEMBER: always unplug your turntable from the socket. It's advisable
To remove the RCA and ground wire from the mixer/preamp, lock the tonearm
down, and remove the headshell.
Here is a list of cleaning tools to help you maintain your turntables;
1 - Micro-fiber cloth, or similar soft, non-abrasive cloth (no paper
2 - A gentle, non-abrasive surface cleaner (Glass-Plus, a mild solution
alcohol and water, 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide, etc.).
3 - Contact cleaner. (Caig Deox-It or Pro-Gold is ideal, but record
solution will work ok. No RadioShack.)
4 - Lubricant (bearing oil or sewing machine oil).
5 - Professional grade screwdrivers.
6 - A circle spirit level.
7 - A can of air duster.
8 - Some q-tips.
Start by blowing the dust off the top of the deck with an air duster.
Wipe all surfaces down with the non-abrasive cleaner and non-abrasive cloth
Blow the dust and debris off the slipmat. You may also want to use a
Vacuum to suck dust out of the slipmat, but be gentle and use a brush
Then take a slightly moist micro-fiber cloth and wipe off the slipmat.
Wipe lightly from the center towards the edge, turning the mat after every
Take the slipmat off the platter and wipe down the platter, again wiping
from the spindle to the outside edge. Also wipe down the strobe pattern
along the outside of the platter. If the strobe pattern is really dirty,
use non-abrasive surface cleaner and q-tips. Be patient, and change q-tips
Pull the platter off the turntable; be sure that the plug is pulled from
The wall. Before lifting the platter, turn the deck on and off to be
absolutely sure there is no power. If the motor is started without the platter, the
motor will be destroyed.
To take the platter off, slip your fingers into the two holes on the
Platter and pull straight up, taking care not to disturb the magnet that is
Under the platter. Place the platter aside, top down, in a safe place.
Take the air duster and blow the dust and debris off the sub-platter.
Take special care to blow everything out of the motor well.
Oil the spindle bearing. Use a needle to place a drop of oil at the base
Of the spindle. Expose the base of the spindle by pulling it up, and then
Work the oil in by gently turning and lifting the spindle up and down.
Place the platter back onto the deck. Again, be careful not to knock the
Unscrew the tonearm counterweight and put it aside. Use the air duster
To clear off the tonearm base and wipe it down. Use a q-tip to clean the
smaller areas. Wipe down the tonearm, both in front of and behind the
Lightly oil the top of the rear of the tonearm and screw the
Clean the contacts inside the tonearm/headshell connection, and on the
headshell itself. Caig Deox-It pen, spray, or drops work well.
Caig Pro-Gold also works well. In a pinch, record-cleaning solution
(water, alcohol, and detergent) will work. If you are having trouble with a
headshell connection, NEVER lick the contacts. If you have an Ortofon
Concorde cartridge, cleaning the headshell and tonearm contacts can
Solve most connection problems. An Ortofon representative has recommended
Cleaning Concorde connections with WD-40; I do not own any Ortofon carts and have not tried this.
Clean the RCA cable connectors in the same manner as the headshell and
tonearm connections. You may wish to clean the RCA jacks on the mixer as