So the speed on your record player is off but fret not, here’s some things that you can do yourself to change the speed on your record player. First, you typically need to adjust the pitch control or the speed selector switch. The specific method will depend on the make and model of your record player, so you may want to consult the user manual or manufacturer’s website for specific instructions. However, in general, you can adjust the pitch control by rotating a knob or lever to fine-tune the speed, or you can use the speed selector switch to switch between different preset speed settings (e.g., 33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM).
If that doesnt work, for you, follow these steps to change the speed on a record player using a speed adjustment screw:
- Locate the speed adjustment screw, which is usually located near the center spindle or near the motor of the turntable.
- Turn the screw clockwise to increase the speed or counterclockwise to decrease the speed. This will affect the speed of the motor and therefore the speed at which the platter rotates.
- After making the adjustment, start playing a record and use a strobe disc or a metronome to check the speed accuracy. The markings on a strobe disc will appear stationary if the turntable is running at the correct speed, and a metronome will keep a steady beat if the speed is correct.
- Repeat the above steps as necessary until you achieve the desired speed.
Note: Speed adjustment screws can be delicate, so it’s best to make small, gradual adjustments. If you make large adjustments, the turntable’s belt may slip and the motor may not be able to maintain the desired speed.
If the speed of your turntable is off, you can try the following steps to correct it:
- Check the power supply: Make sure that the power supply is providing the correct voltage to the turntable. If the voltage is too low or too high, it can cause the speed to be off.
- Check the belt: The belt that connects the motor to the platter can stretch or slip, causing the speed to be incorrect. If the belt is loose, tighten it or replace it if it’s worn.
- Use the speed adjustment screw: If your turntable has a speed adjustment screw, you can use it to fine-tune the speed. See the previous answer for more information on how to do this.
- Check for other issues: If the speed is still off, there may be other issues with the turntable, such as a worn out motor or damaged bearings. You may need to have the turntable serviced by a professional to fix these issues.
If you’re having trouble fixing the speed, consult the user manual or contact the manufacturer for assistance.
To test the speed of your record player, you can use either a strobe disc or a metronome.
- A strobe disc is a specialized disc with a series of precisely spaced markings or lines that appear to be stationary when a turntable is running at the correct speed. The disc is placed on the turntable and lit with a strobe light or with low ambient light, and the markings on the disc will appear to be stationary if the turntable is running at the correct speed. If the speed is off, the markings will appear to be moving in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.
Strobe discs are commonly used to calibrate the speed of a turntable, and they are widely considered to be a reliable and accurate method for testing turntable speed. They are often included with high-end turntables, but they can also be purchased separately. By using a strobe disc, you can quickly and easily determine if the speed of your turntable is correct, and make any necessary adjustments to bring the speed back into alignment.
- A metronome is a device that keeps a steady beat at a specific tempo, usually measured in beats per minute (BPM). In the context of record players, a metronome can be used to check the speed of the turntable. To use a metronome for this purpose, set it to the correct speed for the type of record you’re playing (33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, or 78 RPM), start playing the record, and listen to the metronome. If the speed of the turntable is correct, the metronome will keep a steady beat throughout the record. If the speed is off, the beat will be either faster or slower than the record.
Metronomes are widely used in music practice and production, and many are compact and portable, making them a convenient tool for checking turntable speed. They can be purchased online or at music stores. In addition to traditional mechanical metronomes, there are also digital metronomes and metronome apps available for use on smartphones and other devices.
Note: You can also use a smartphone app that measures the speed of the turntable. There are several free apps available that use the microphone on the phone to measure the speed and determine if it’s correct.