Just over five years ago I acquired a “Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB”.
It’s seen sporadic use. At a guess, probably one hundred sides played, certainly no more than two hundred.
One of the reasons I’ve not used it so much is that it has a depressing tendency to jump, usually backwards. Mostly on my heritage collection but also on two brand new LPs. A good proportion of my older records are played-once, so they should be in pretty good nick. After I bought a cassette deck I copied all purchases straight on to tape and played the music from there – at that time I aspired to own a really good turntable one day* and wanted to “save” my precious records for that event. The advent of CDs eroded that dream – once I’d got a CD player the quality seemed great to my (not very discerning) ears and the rot set in.
(* I’d been indoctrinated by my father who had a pair of Garrard 401s with SME pickup arms.)
After a session last Sunday when six sides played yielded two jumping tracks I became a bit despondent. Then I started to wonder if I’d not set the turntable up correctly – I’ve checked and I’m fairly sure that it’s all OK but my line of employment has taught me to be doubtful about everything.
What should I look for? For what it’s worth, when I lift the pick-up at the end of a side (using the lever obvs) the arm tends to skate back outwards by a centimetre or two.
(Due to busyness I may not be very responsive to replies but I will follow-up when I can.)