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1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« on: March 24, 2021, 09:48:25 PM »
I just noticed the other day that my 1979 Pioneer PL400 direct drive turntable seems to have a motor problem. I don't use it much at all these days but the other day when I tried to play an LP it had EXTREME speed issues. :(

Trying to find / repair a motor for a 43-year-old turntable might be an excerise in futility, but it's been a good friend over the years and I thought I'd ask here if anyone had any ideas.

Possibly the best (only?) recourse might be to just replace it.

If so, any recomendations? Don't need anything that is super expensive but just a good replacement.

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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2021, 07:03:44 AM »
I have two of the Fluance turntables.  I had the rt81 and I liked it so much I bought the upgrade rt85 so I wouldn't have to keep moving the other one from room to room. As far as turntables go very affordable. Worth a look.
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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2021, 09:38:39 AM »
I have an old Sansui SR-838 direct drive that my grandfather originally purchased. I took ownership of it years ago after it had sat in storage for a number of years. It also had wonky speed issues, so my "fix" was to turn it on and let it spin for about a day or two straight. It's worked great ever since. Probably not the technical solution you're looking for, but it may be worth a shot.

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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2021, 03:07:35 PM »
Talk to me! I have 2 tables for sale.
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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2021, 10:34:40 AM »
I have 2 tables for sale.
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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2021, 10:03:48 AM »
These are custom built table that I made. Thank you for the complement. Great sound can look great, too!

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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2021, 11:57:58 AM »
I wonder if you may have considered giving the turntable a little lubrication. Sometimes it can turn quite nasty over time.

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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2021, 11:06:21 PM »
Good point. I will look into the lubrication idea.

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Re: 1979 Pioneer PL400 turntable finally ready for the dumpster?
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2021, 03:41:51 PM »
Good point. I will look into the lubrication idea.

odds are good you can find manual/service docs on vinylengine.com

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