first of all he is made in 1985 by worlds of wonder. which is the version that I'm guessing you have. the problem is either a warped drive belt, a loose battery or connection problem, or most commonly, a dented pinch roller. one of them that I have is a first gen with a metal player. and that one used to have a dented pinch roller. which was causing that start and stop thing. exept mine was doing it faster, causing a blipping sound. so all you have to do is to buy another replacement pinch roller and go from there. good luck!