Hello All. I'm by no means a hi-fi savvy kind of girl, but I do appreciate a good sound. And I just inherited about 500 classic country records, so I'm back in the turntable game. And I need some advice, even if it's just about where I can find a shop in the area.
I've got a modest old girl, a Technics SL-D303 that I recently pulled out of storage and hooked up in what seemed like a straightforward operation to a Yamaha "Natural Sound Stereo Receiver R-5."
I was bummed to hear that only one channel works when I play the turntable. When I play the stereo or a aux input, both speakers work.
This is where I demonstrate my ignorance, because I do not know the technical names for all that goes on "back there." Please forgive me and consider my question:
Coming out of the turntable is a cable split into a red plug and a white plug. When I plug red into "R" hole and the white into "L" hole, the left channel works. As in, when I turn the balance all the way to L there's Conway Twitty; when I turn it to R, no more Conway.
When I switch the red and white plugs to the opposite arrangement, the other channel works.
I thought this was maybe just a simple Plug Problem and maybe I could just unscrew the bottom panel on the modest technics (despite the warning that says "DO NOT REMOVE SCREWS! NO SERVICEABLE PARTS! CALL A PRO!") and, perhaps, reconnect whatever red-white cable end might be obviously loose.
Not so. I opened that baby up and knew I was in over my head. I said a brief hello to that complicated world and then covered it back up.
Can you believe I can just sit around and listen to records on one channel? I'm embarrassed to admit it.
I don't know what to do.
According to my pop, who has gone through his hi-fi days, the problem could be with some other facet of the turntable. He recommended I write to George Graham a radio DJ on WVIA public radio in Scranton, PA who plays a lot of records and is generally a great guy.
I write to you, then I will write to him.
I live in the Port Jervis NY general area.
Thank you kindly,