I just inherited/saved from the junkpile a Motorola console stereo/turntable that my parents purchased in the early 70’s. The cabinet is in very good condition, and the stereo seems to work fine, but the turntable obviously needs some work. It plays fine, but takes a push to get turning, the arm doesn’t swing back to the beginning of the LP but drops down in the middle, and it sounds as if it’s groaning in agony to keep the turntable spinning.
I know nothing about electronics, so the information that I got from google wasn’t very helpful for me.
I would like to have the turntable repaired, but would like to keep this set as original as possible, even though its value is purely personal nostalgia.
Should I trust this “family heirloom” to an ordinary electronics repair shop? Should I look for a company that specializes in older electronics? How would I go about evaluating the quality of the repair shop?