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Tonearm Cueing Lever Mechanism Damping Oil
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Damping Oil for Turntable Tonearm Cueing Mechanism
Is your tonearm "slamming" your stylus down too quickly on your record?
If so, then this is likely what you need. Heat, time and bad design may cause your cueing lever assembly to lose some of its fluid that is used to slow the descent of your stylus onto your vinyl. Discovered by our senior repair technician to be used as a direct factory replacement used in numerous turntables over the decades, this goo is handily applied with the narrow body syringe to fit tight spots with minimal mess however it is up to the user to determine where and how to apply but generally there is a part that acts like a piston that is pushed down by the tonearm when the lever is pulled forward.
Your syringe will come pre-filled with enough fluid for *about* 8-10 applications! so only use about 1/10th of the fluid in the syringe, then wait about 1-8 hrs for the fluid to settle down into the piston before re-installing your lifter.
Universal kit designed for numerous turntables including the famous audio-technica AT-LP120 series.
Non-Toxic but don't eat this silicone goo.
1ml syringe is the right size to navigate most any tonearm mechanism.
Approximate consistency of honey. (300k cst)
never dries out.
stable over a wide range of temperatures
New for 2021 and beyond: Kit now includes mini philips screwdriver for your convenience to remove the (often but not always philips type) lifter arm screw and alcohol wipes.
Damping oil review
This cueing lever damping oil corrected my quickly dropping tone arm issue very quickly and very easily. I have an AT 120 USB TT and understand that this is an issue experienced by many others. Application was very easy. Also - I ordered the product on a Saturday and was very happy and surprised when it arrived two days later on a Monday! Excellent customer service!
7 of 8
Just What Was Needed
This was my second time ordering from turntableneedles.com. And it was another positive experience. This damping oil is exactly what my vintage BIC turntable needed to solve 'fast tone arm dropping'. Ordering was easy and was delivered quickly. A good product from a great store.
5 of 6
from New York.
Does the trick!
This is my first order from turntableneedles.com. I ordered this because my Audio Technica AT LP 120 was dropping the stylus too quickly. After applying about 2 drops of this damping oil & letting it settle into the piston well area, my tonearm drops with a dampened decent like it should. Actually better than when I received my turntable new about two years ago. I am very pleased with this product, & turntableneedles.com. The pictures that are included with the description of this product are very helpful, & the kit included everything I needed to get the job done right the first time. Thank you, I will order from you again.
4 of 4
from Salem, OR.
Glad to have found this
I just bought a vintage Technics turntable and noticed right away that the cueing dropped too fast. I was concerned about adding the wrong type or weight of oil so I was happy to find this. It’s incredibly thick, more like a heavy gel. I squirted some in and then used a toothpick to push it down and coated the sides. It solved the problem. One note, the smoothness of the action improved over a day or two as the oil settled. If it seems a bit jerky at first, given it time
4 of 5
Perfect solution for the solution
It’s a little more viscous then molasses on cold day in January
3 of 4
Worked perfectly as advertised. My tonearm drops nice and steady now. Very satisfied. Price was very reasonable too.
3 of 4
from Omaha, NE.
The damper fluid did the trick to bring my vintage Technics turntable back to life.
2 of 3
from Clifton, NJ.
I plan on digitizing LPs and dragged out some old turntables to use in the process. They needed some reconditioning and this fluid (?) is perfect for the dampers. I haven't used the turntables in some time and after some cleaning, maintenance and parts replacement, they work well. Current and past customer service and communication with Turntable Needles is excellent! I will definitely use them again.
2 of 3
from Bothell WA.
BLISS Tonearm Cueing Lever Mechanism Damping Oil
Two of my turntables began losing the gentle and steady lowering of the tonearm. This high viscosity fluid works perfect in replenishing the lesser quality fluid common with most turntable manufacturer. Being silicone based, it will not evaporate or deteriorate as quickly.
1 of 1
from Lubbock, TX.
Tonearm Cueing Dampening Oil
This product was exactly what I needed to allow the needle on my turntable to drop softly onto the record. The syringe tip wasn't quite small enough to fit down into the mechanism cylinder but I was able to drip the oil near the top and work it down into the cylinder with a toothpick. This is an excellent product, with a reasonable price, enough for several applications, and packaged right in the syringe.
1 of 1
from Milwaukee, WI.
Fixed my problem!
I have an Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB that has apparently been low on damping fluid for some time. I didn't even realize I could address this problem until seeing some videos online about it. I decided to purchase from the Turntable Needles store and am glad I did. Most other places offer the damping fluid in fatter and shorter syringes, which means more fluid comes out at once. The slender syringe you use results in smaller drops. This makes it much easier to apply a drop to the top of the well, allowing it to fall down without spilling over and making a mess. Also, you include a tiny screwdriver that is just right for the screw holding the lever mechanism in place. In most of the videos I saw online, the person shown puts in some fluid and then tries to put the lever mechanism back together immediately. Usually, they have to take it back apart multiple times and apply more fluid to get the right amount of damping (plus, it tends to make a mess). Here's how I did it: I applied one drop at a time and allowed it to sink down into the hole. After putting in four drops, I put the mechanism back together, but the arm was still dropping too quickly, so I took it apart again and applied another drop. After this sunk in, I added a sixth just to make sure. As it turned out, five was probably the perfect number because the arm does drop very slowly. I might take it back apart and try to removed a little fluid, but I really don't mind the slow drop, so I probably won't bother. I allowed about 24 hours for the complete process, adding a drop at a time. (Bonus -- no mess!) At first, I removed both the headshell and the counterweight from the tonearm, but this isn't really necessary. Just taking off the headshell for safety's sake is enough. I have a couple other turntables and will probably try adding fluid to them, too. There is plenty of fluid left over. If you allow yourself several hours or maybe a full day for this procedure and add only a drop at a time, you can successfully restore your cue lever to peak performance. Be sure to have a Q-tip and a tissue on hand in case you have to mop up a little fluid. It's very thick! Thank you for the good experience. If I come across anyone else with this problem, I will recommend Turntable Needles.
1 of 1
cueing oil kit
Kit easy to use, Tone Arm on Audio Technca LP 120 USB now working like did when new,
1 of 1
Works well, but be careful not to overapply
Put a very tiny dab in per the instructions, but initially, the tonearm drop was too sluggish due to a film accumulating on the plastic assembly that actually contacts the tonearm. I've just been cleaning it off every few days with a q-tip dipped in isopropanol and it's been getting a little closer to the desired drop speed every time.
1 of 1
Just what was needed
Used the wrong type of oil on my Technics turntable. Found this site and order the correct oil. Worked great and shipping was fast.
1 of 1
from Cleveland, .
After many years of neglect I decided to revive my Garrard Lab 80. It took some effort an many videos to make it functional again. The final piece to be addressed was the cueing device. In one of the videos it was mentioned that this special grease/oil was available here. I ordered, and received it as expected. It worked perfectly. Good as new.
1 of 1
from Savannah, GA.
Cue arm damping fluid
Item arrived fast ( from West coast to east coast). Needle drops SLOWLY into vintage vinyl! What's not to like! Peace of mind. AHH!
1 of 2
Glad it’s available
This was the right stuff to rebuild the cue damping on the Pioneer PL41 I restored. Came promptly and am totally happy.
from SANTA CRUZ.
Just what the tonearm needed.
My turntable needle was dropping too fast so I know I needed to add some damping oil. My Technics SL 1500 had never had this done before so it took me a little while to figure out how to apply this. I purchased the 300K wt. oil and it really helped but ended up using a 500K wt due to a heavy cart/headshell. Works like new now.
from State College.
Just what my Technics SL-1700 needed. Had to go pretty deep to apply. We’ll worth it. Tonearm glides down so nicely now. Would highly recommend.
from East Coast.
I used this to fix the cueing on a Technics SL1900. It took so little of the product that I will have some for many future repairs, if necessary. Now the cueing works well. I wish I did this years ago. Delivery to Canada took about 3 weeks. Good product and good service from TurntableNeedles.
A little goes a VERY long way. My problem was the arm would hang in the air and not drop for a minute. Very thick, I cleaned the cueing mechanism and added a couple of drops and then needed to disassemble and remove some so it would drop faster. Works perfectly now.
I had an issue with the lowering mechanism. Actually started out not lowering as it should. After cleaning out what appeared to be a very sticky substance. The curing device basically was in free fall mode. Added the damping oil and it worked as it was intended. Great product quick delivery.
This fixed my BIC 940's tonearm from dropping like a rock to landing like a feather. Thanks.
This item arrived on time, and in good condition. I followed the instructions included to add fluid to the cueing damping piston and solved the problem of the stylus dropping hard on the record. I Recommend this product and turntablesneedle.com . Their service is great. The silicon came in a syringe and was easy to use. I used this on an Audio Technica lp120xbt turntable. Works better than new. Thank you.
from Edison NJ.
review dampening fluid
Thanx, works great nice company gonna do business regularly.
It really works!
I used this on my Audio-Technica LP120XUSB and it works like a dream. The syringe applicator is definitely handy, as the fluid is rather viscous and sticky and could easily turn into quite a mess without the right tools. The price is right, too--with this much fluid you could fix 8 or 10 turntables. Hopefully I won't have to reapply the fluid again for a long time, if ever, but if I do, I'll have a good supply!
from San Francisco.
I recently purchased a vial of DampOil for use with my Garrard LAB-80. The item was promptly shipped and sold at a good price. When a small amount was properly applied to my turntable, it worked just as anticipated and the proper damping action was restored to the cueing system. An excellent product at the right price. Your company was a pleasure to do business with! Thank you very much!
from Southeastern US.
This stuff is some sticky stuff. It works perfectly. Definitely slowed down the tone arm to a gentle touch onto the vinyl. I didn't get a lot down in there but, where it needed it was on the piston itself. I fear that if I filled the reservoir completely, the tonearm would not settle onto the vinyl. Kinda like a little dab will do ya. The stuff does work though. The one thing I would like to see on the syringe is a longer plastic tip that narrows to the end so that I could get the syringe further inside the cavity and not make as big a mess on the outside and also put more silicone directly on the piston. Other than that, its excellent stuff works great.
from Lawton Ok..
I used this product on a vintage Dual 1229Q turntable. It absolutely worked perfectly, as advertised. Damping is like factory new.
Audio Technica AT PL 120
Will try later. Thank you for your continued support.
Much easier to use with fine needle included. Works great!
First time I've ordered from this place. Product was fine - worked like it's supposed to. Shipping was prompt. Very satisfied.
from Boyne City, Michigan.
Tonearm cueing lever oil
Wonderful product. Just follow the pictures to know where to put the oil. Solved my cueing problem easily with much oil left over. I never knew it could be so easy.
from Fall River.
great product worked great just follow instructions
Very good substance for fixing the nagging cue lever/mechanism on many TTs. Works as advertised and is enough for several uses.
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