I was recently asked to undertake the restoration of a lovely old Technics SL-120 direct-drive turntable. The SL-120 was basically an SL-1200, without a tonearm. Owners often chose to fit an SME 3009, as was the case with this old deck. This one though, had seen better days…
The Technics SL-120 is a quality direct-drive deck, featuring an ultra-low speed brushless DC motor.… Read more
I’ve just finished servicing three Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntables, along with several other jobs. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this legendary design and look at some basic servicing.
I recently serviced a customer’s Technics SL-Q5 direct-drive, linear-tracking turntable. This is a mid-range linear-tracking deck from the 1980s and well worth keeping an eye out for.
The deck is typical Technics in being well designed, well made and easy to service. The issue with this deck, and many others like it, is that it has not been serviced and has eventually displayed a fault that meant it could no longer play records.… Read more
The Technics SL-1300 is a great example of what I am talking about when I refer to classic direct drive decks from the golden era of excellence in the engineering and manufacture of turntables.
Technics made a range of decks and this was one of the best of the consumer models. With a nicely balanced 2.5kg platter, aluminium chassis, Technics’ proprietary one-piece motor and platter arrangement and nice automation of start, stop and play functions, this is one deck to watch out for.… Read more
The Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable, in its various iterations, will be well known to most vinyl lovers these days. They have become almost legendary for different reasons – DJs love them for their fast startup and solid build; home users love them for their engineering and audio bang for the buck.
Make no mistake – the SL-1200 is no audio weapon in the big picture – it is never going to scare an SP-10 or L-07D.… Read more