Just got two new VL12’s as part of a full prime setup.
One of the VL12’s is skipping consistently. Now, mind you, this is while just playing records, I’m not scratching or anything like that.
I have two pairs of cartridges: Shure Whitelabel’s, and Ortofon Nightclub MK2’s. I’ve swapped in all 4 cartridges and they all have the same skipping issue. It happens on all the records I’ve tried, but on the other VL12, I haven’t had it skip once.
I’ve set these up as I have with my old Technics, with about 2.5-3g of tracking force. I’ve tried a number of anti-skate settings. As suggested in another thread, I tried playing a blank side of vinyl, and I don’t see the tonearm pulling to one side obviously. When I hold the tonearm in my hand and swing it back and forth over the record, I could swear there is some level of resistance there (or maybe I’m going crazy after trying so many things).
I made a couple of real short youtube videos to demonstrate the problem:
Kind disappointed as the rest of the prime setup is rock solid!