"bontemps" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> The lever that raises and lowers the tone arm was broken with the arm
> stuck in the raised position. It's a Sansui SR 535 direct drive.
> Probably about 15 years old. Repair or replace?
Probably repair if no parts are physically broken. There are no comparable
new "mid-fi" turntables with similar quality and features available for sale
these days, only plastic junk from Sony, Pioneer, Marantz, Denon, Aiwa (all
the same model with very minor differences).
High-end tables start over 2000.00 and aren't even automatic.
There are lots of used decent turntables on eBay, but shipping is a problem.
Counterweights and platters often aren't packed separately and tend to break
off or fly around, busting up stuff.
Some Sansui's similar to yours used a motor-driven cueing assembly. Maybe a
bad belt or a lubrication problem.