I had an odd problem at a gig last night. When I went to use one of my decks, the motor wasn’t working on the platter. I’d press play and it would play for about a second before stopping and the platter didn’t rotate at all. If I moved it manually it would scratch but only as long as I moved it. When I let the platter go it didn’t move on its own. The only way I could use that deck was to turn off the motor and use it that way for the whole night. When I tried the same deck just now it worked fine.
The only cause I can think of is that when the gig first started, that deck was in direct sunlight and was pretty warm. I initially thought that may have been why the platter on that one wasn’t working. Some built-in device to protect the unit from overheating perhaps? I tried turning the motor back on a couple of times later in the night after it was dark and still got the same result but it possibly needed a reboot to reset whatever had stopped the motor on the platter from working.
That’s my theory anyway. Could anyone confirm if heat was the cause or offer an alternative explanation? Has anyone else had the same issue?