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Platter Bar Install and Comparison

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How to Install Platter Bars for the Numark PT01

Parts needed:
platter bars
needle nose pliers

Optional Parts:
silicone grease

notes:
-there are at least 2 different platter heights for the PT01
-the older model, circa 2006, has a low platter height
-the newer model, circa 2014, has a high platter height
-one clear difference between models is that the belt holder attached to the motor is plastic on the 2006 model, and metal on the 2014 model

-Remove Platter
1. Use a pair of pliers to push off the spindle clip (see pic_1_remove_spindle_clip)

pic_1_remove_spindle_clip
pic_1_remove_spindle_clip

2. Push on one edge of the platter to raise the opposite edge

3. Lift the platter using the raised edge, and remove platter (see pic_2_remove platter)

pic_1_remove_spindle_clip
pic_1_remove_spindle_clip

-Install Platter bar
4. Remove white adhesive backing from platter bar (see pic_3_platter_bar_backing)

pic_3_platter_bar_backing
pic_3_platter_bar_backing

5. Place the wide edge of the platter bar flush against the turntable wall (see pic_4_place_platter_bar)

pic_4_place_platter_bar
pic_4_place_platter_bar

6. Cut or break off the 2 nubs on the bottom side of the platter (they have no functionality). This will stop the nubs from potentially hitting the platter bars. See pic_6_cut_nub

pic_6_cut_nub
pic_6_cut_nub

7. Reinstall the platter and platter clip.
a. wrap the turntable belt around the inner edge of the platter first
b. place the platter on the spindle, while pulling on the belt with one finger to keep tension
c. wrap the belt, which is being held with one finger, around the motor spindle
d. reinstall platter clip using pliers

8. Turn on the motor and let the platter spin. If the platter rubs on the the platter bars, push down hard on the platter and move it back and forth in a baby scratch motion. This will grind down the platter bar’s plastic housing. Turn on the motor again to see if the platter still rubs on the platter bars. Repeat until the platter stops rubbing on the platter bar during playback. See “How to Grind Down Platter Bars Video”, below:

How to Grind Down Platter Bars Video:

Platter Bar Comparison Video:

19 thoughts on “Platter Bar Install and Comparison

  1. Recently ordered these. they came packagef with a tiny rubber ring, some hole protectors, and a 3/8 jack to tinned wiring. What are all these used for?

    1. Dope!

      The rubber ring is used to hold your record on your platter during short trips. So, put the record on the platter, then put the ring on the spindle. Just loosen it a bit, when scratching.

      Put the hole protectors on the center of you record. It helps remove the gap between the record and spindle, which will help reduce skipping.

      THe DC plug is for the rechargeable battery mod. I have a tutorial up for this.

  2. When are thes in stock again (small version)?

    1. I didn’t like how the new design for the small bars turned out. I’m still working on it. I’ll post more as soon as I have it done. Thanks.

  3. Hello I get my numark pt01 scratch in mid of November. I would like to buy this platter bars. I see it is sold out. Get you some one in stock again. When yes can you mail me the date that I can order it or can you get me on a list I won’t miss the next charge. My mail is spinetwork23@gmail.com
    Hope me English is not so bad and you understand me. Thx and greets Peter

    1. They are in stock now!

  4. Being a regular scratcher or hamster/reverse, does it matter where the platter bars are installed?

    1. Just put them under your scratch hand and you should be good.

  5. I’m having trouble removing the platter on the pt01 scratch. I can push down one side but I can’t lift it with the raised edge. I’m not sure how hard it’s supposed to be to remove because it feels like I might break it.

    1. Did you remove the c-clip from the center spindle?

      1. yeah, the clip is removed. the platter seems to have been press fitted really tight around the spindle. It doesn’t wobble under my scratching hand as of now, but maybe later it’ll loosen up enough to use the bars.

        1. Got it. Your spindle may be bent.

          If you remove the c-clip, flip the turntable over and shake it, the platter should just slide off. It’s very easy to remove.
          If it doesn’t just slide off, there may be an issue with your spindle.

    2. Were you able to get this installed on the pt01 scratch? Are the bars compatible for that model?

      1. Nevermind I just read the description. Thanks.

  6. Hi, my pt01 USB model dates from july 2013, but the belt attached to the motor is metal. Does it mean the tall platter bar fit on my pt01?

    Thanks!

    1. You should be good. I have a 2012 with a metal pulley, and it works. I don’t have enough numarks from early years to confirm they are all metal, so I list 2014.

      Thanks!

      1. Thank you!

  7. I have a pt01 scratch. Platter bars are sold out. And chance to buy them in the near future?

    1. Just added a few more. Thanks!

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