If anyone of you still has one of those old soviet LP players (see picture above) I have an advice for those, whos gadget is not working. The most common problem of these things was not even a needle, but a loss of ability to spin. Let us take a look inside this Vega 323 Stereo player, to clear things out.
In my case something is scratching the dish from below (there is this circular scratch on a romb). Seems like the bearing ball on top of the spike (center axis) is worn out a bit and made the whole thing go lower, so I clean it, oil it (with chainsaw chain oil) and look at what is rubbing the dish.
Looks like it is one of the levers. I cannot replace the bearing ball, not even the whole dish, but I could make the lever lower with a sandpaper, so that it does not slow down the dish. Put something on top of sandpaper to make it work harder (I used some toothbrush handle).
Time to time I put back the dish and spin it to see if it goes better. You can also plug it in and turn on, to see it in real action. After removing the dish again it is easy to see where it touches the lever (dark colour). So it is necessary to rub exactly there more until the dish spins freely and makes no extra noises.
So this device is given a bit more life instead of making more landfill out of it.