I have a Grafanola type G2. The tone arm seems to be very stiff and seems like it should move more freely. When placed on a record, the tone arm seems to stay in the same place on the record. Sound seems good as well as loud, i just cant play a record. I am Extremely new to this and need some ideas on where to start...........
Columbia tone arms were made from pot metal, which unfortunately tends to swell if not stored in the right environment. This leads to the stiffness of the tone arm joints that you described. If it is not completely frozen you could try to use something like Liquid Wrench Dry Lubricant. Spray it on and then carefully move the joints to let it seep into every part of the joints. Once dry this leaves a teflon like powder that lubricates very well and last long. You can wipe the powder off the outside of the tonearm. I would not use WD40 or oil, because these seemed to not work or even make it worse in my experience. Be VERY careful when moving the tonearm joints, pot metal not only swells, but it also becomes very brittle and tends to break easily.
If the joints hardly move at all I would not force them, but rather look to an experienced phonograph repair shop for help. (Google) They can replace the swollen joints, but only if they're not broken yet. They may also have have replacement tonearms.
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