how exactly does the anti-skate mechanism work on turntables? thanks, john
the tone arm from following centriptal force to the inside of the record. Its just kind of a brake to prevent the tonearm from moving to the inside of the record faster than it follows the groove.
would it keep the tone arm from moving to the outside of the record if i adjust it a certain way too then, cause on a jimi hendrix record i have an endless repeat, but when i adjust the anti skate then it goes away and keeps on playing normal /?
A standard tonearm has a tendency to move toward the center of the record. Anti skating is to prevent this therefore providing equal pressure on both walls of the groove.
What do you mean by endless repeat?
If you mean continuous replay of the same selection or LP that's not recommended. Continually playing the same LP over and over can cause damage to the LP.
by endless repeat i mean that one little line in the song plays over and over, then i adjusted the anti skate a lil more then i replayed the song and it played normal. i don't mean playing the same record over and over again. i would classify an endless repeat as the opposite of a skip on a record. i. e. when you're playing a song and it skips over a few words to the next verse. by the way, can an improperly dialed in anti skate ruin records?
Understood. I would still call that a skip - it's just skipping one groove back rather than one groove forward.
If the record is in pretty good shape, it MIGHT/MAYBE mean that your adjustment that allows it to get past the backward skip is the more correct setting on your anti-skating.
Improperly set anti skate ruin records? Probably not ruin, but it would be less than ideal (for sound and record wear) if the anti-skating is set too far, in either direction, from its "correct" position.