This app was mentioned in
with an average of
you can try some electrical tape around the motor spindle to make it slower..
Do you have an android phone? then you can use this app to check the speed:
My record player is spinning at 35.6rpm, can anyone help?
I'm testing it using an Android app so it may be wrong but the reason I tested in the first place is the sound seems out of tune.
It's my first record player and I've been learning to get to grips with it.
The model is a Philips GA-427. It looks like the belt has been changed by the previous owner as it clicks against the gear blade when in 33rpm mode. I've measured the belt (by folding it in half and doubling the number) and it comes out as 16.6inches or 41cm.
Looking here it says my belt should be 15 inches (38.1cm).
My belt doesn't slip and the rotation of the turntable is consistent and smooth. I guess my real question here is, can a belt that's too loose make a record play too fast??
Thanks in advance for your time.
Thanks for such an informative post. I've had the player a couple of weeks now and man, is it a show stopper. Every person who's seen it, comments on how stunning it is. I've had friends mesmerized by it. Two of my friends buy records for this record player so they can come over and listen to them. They don't even own record players themselves!
Take this with a grain of salt since I did all my measurements with one of those rpm calculator apps so I'm not exactly sure how accurate it is (if at all). Out of the box, it fluctuated between 33.2-33.8. But it would be rapid fluttering between two tenths (between 33.4 and 33.5), then gradually shifts down or up. Audibly, I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. In fact, I quite liked how it sounded, although I had nothing to compare it to since I'm relatively new to vinyl (other than playing around with my parent's record player when I was a teen).
A couple days later I noticed that the speed was now consistent but was reading between 33.8/.9/34. I did notice that it was play a bit fast. I compared some Wu Tang to an online streaming version and the Teac was playing a step faster. So I looked online and found this post on how to adjust the speed. It took some finessing since I never really knew whether the screw was moving or not. But I finally got it to as close to 33.3 as i could and for the past week it's been consistently fluttering between 33.3 and 33.4 (sometimes it actually sits on one reading!).
I'm listening to Beirut as I type this and it sounds great. I hope it stays this way, but so far so good.
Thanks for the reply. Take care!
Many turntables have 2 trim pots under the platter that you can adjust. Lift off rubber mat, spin platter until you see motor wheel, lift belt off of motor wheel, lift off platter, find your appropriate trim pot (33/45), screw counter clock wise to make it go slower.
There are apps for measuring RPM for both android and apple:
I had a similar problem when I ordered a new belt as it was an old turntable and the new belt probably wasn't the exact same spec as the original. The table would run slightly fast. In the end I just added some tape to the platter on the bit where the belt runs. A little at a time then check the speed and added some more until it was as close to correct as I could get. In my experience it's better to run a little fast than slow. Too slow sounds worse. Some tables do have adjustable pots for the 45 and 33 speeds, they are under the platter sometimes. Use the RPM calculator app to check speed.
Put a roll of tape on its side in the middle of the platter then place your phone on that, this will stop your phone flying off.
I was using one called RPM Calculator when I was trying to make sure my turntable was spinning at the correct speed. Play Store link
Yep, this one is the one fluance recommended:
Here's the video they sent me showing how to test the unit:
Just to get it out of the way, it is switched to 45 correct?
Get a rpm app on your phone or a strobe disc and strobe light to help confirm the speed. If it plays fine on 33 1/3 and still slow on the 45, the switch may need better cleaning.
If you are on Android, this is a great App to use:
Can't get easier than that. Just put it on the TT, let it spin and you see if it is stable.
This app is easily my favourite for Android. Simple and accurate.
check your speed with this:
or if you have an android phone you can use this:
For the price is a good bet.
Evan if you have to service it still worth it.
Check if the arm is not bend
And if the RPM are right with this apps (it must be betwen (33.2 and 33.5)
Your speed is set incorrectly. Check your record label for speed, 33 1/3 or 45rpm are typical.
Check your TT for a speed selector and set it accordingly. Also look for a slider on your TT that may adjust the speed +/- 10 or 20%. Move the slider to the middle (+/- 0%).
If you're still not getting results, try this app. Start the app, put your phone on your platter and it'll approximate your platter speed. Don't do this with a record on your TT.