What does the "N" option on a turntable speed selector mean? I've seen it on two separate turntables, and it is between the '33' and '45' options.

  • My bet is, that it is the pre-LP setting corresponding to 78 rpm (N for normal instead of Long Playing). Should be simple to check...
    – guidot
    Mar 10, 2020 at 15:13
  • @guidot That's a good guess, but I don't think that's it. One of the record players that has this setting is 70's mickey mouse record player by GE, seen, for instance, in this eBay listing: ebay.com/i/…
    – OpiesDad
    Mar 10, 2020 at 18:18
  • @guidot Unfortunately the one that I have doesn't work and I haven't had a chance to repair it yet, but my son was curious as to what the "N" meant.
    – OpiesDad
    Mar 10, 2020 at 18:21

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It's probably "Neutral" meaning the motor can be running but not engaged with the platter. That's useful for cueing up a song (manually putting the needle on the part of the record where you want it to start) so you can spin the platter back and forth freely with your hand.

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