So I have a MK5 Technic SL-1200 that I use to spin. I'm currently using a Shure M44 needle with a Technic Headshell. It was working great and I could scratch the s*** out of it when it was new. Now that the needle has some wear on it, it's starting to show signs of weakness.
I want to make this thread, so that way we can all figure out unique and creative ways that DJs use to prevent needles from skipping when performing scratches of various sorts.
I'll go ahead and start. The obvious one is to buy new needles, but that's not the point of the thread as sometimes needles start to give in the middle of a gig.
1) Raise or lower the tone arm to adjust the weight on the needle which is on the record.
2) Adjust the position and/or angle of the needle on the headshell by using the screws on the headshell itself.
3) Try new slipmats which may raise or lower the record.