Should I buy a cheap turntable drive belt on eBay?

Nope, if you are going to get one, at least get a good one. You could be lucky, but how will you know if you get a good quality belt of the correct size or not? Why risk it?

To some people, all rubber drive belts look the same. It’s a bit like how people think all spark plugs or all tyres look the same. Learn a little and you’ll quickly realise they are not.

With belts, there are quality and sizing issues to consider. I’ve seen many eBay and Alibaba belts. Customers buy them thinking they will save a few dollars and sometimes hi-fi stores fit them, only for owners to find their turntables now run fast, slow or noisily. Owners then have to buy another belt of good quality and the correct size. Far from saving money, this just wastes it.

Belt diameter is critical, as are width and thickness. Excessive tightness from belts having too small a diameter is a common problem with eBay belts. Incorrectly sized belts place excessive force on the drive pulley and motor top bearing, causing noise and excessive wear. Poor quality belts simply don’t last. Belts that are too thick or thin will cause your deck to run at the wrong speed. Did you know that?

You can avoid these issues by simply taking your deck to someone who sells premium quality, correctly sized parts that meet OEM specifications. When your belt is being fitted they can also give our deck a health check and perform any other service work or adjustments needed.