Is this a wind-up??The hi fi is a basic, inexpensive, 30 year old hi fi. It has absolutely no problems with lighter weights of vinyl.
Until we have more details my thinking was it is not the weight but the thickness could be the issue.180g records are a tiny bit thicker but that normally shouldn't be an issue. It sounds like a problem with the tracking.
Maybe @pgowen could have a look at the settings of the record player. Have a look at https://vinylrecordlife.com/record-player-tonearm-problems-fixes/
It plays the record very slowly. I tried a lighter album, it plays normally. Could the reason be a stretched drive belt (if it has one)?Is this a wind-up??
Is it a Heavy Metal album?
Please explain exactly what happens when you try to play the 180gm LP.
These are only 30gm heavier than a standard LP so cannot see why it would not play it
Oh!, welcome to the forum by the way.
If it has a drive belt, could this be a stretched belt? Lighter albums play normally.Your posting suggests that the turntable either does not spin or spins slowly. Sounds like it could be a motor issue. Time to replace, methinks.
I have seen speaker and turntable packages on Az for a couple of hundred quid. Search for AT-LP60X (the turn turntable). I am guessing that is probably about the equivalent value your vintage music centre was. You can go cheaper but..
An AT-LP60X package will certainly be an upgrade.
It almost certainly has.If it has a drive belt, could this be a stretched belt? Lighter albums play normally.
Helpful?....Nevertheless, you've all been very helpful.
Just out of interest what make / model is the 'music centre'?
We haven't even started yet.
As Al said, at least give us the make / model, feel free to add your own pictures.
Your issue is likely to have the easiest of remedies.
As soon as you take the rubber mat off, you might even see the belt through hole(s) in the platter.
If it's got the idler drive, you won't see it until the platter is removed.
Either way, the platter needs to come off - and that will be very easy - worst case, you'll just need to remove a clip from the centre spindle first.
Really no need to get anyone to look at it - unless you're totally incapable and / or you've got money to burn.