Technics SL-1300 Direct Drive Turntable Service

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. Add in that the deck includes a good tonearm and perhaps a Shure M97xE to get you started and you just can’t go wrong.

My customer’s deck had some speed control issues which were fairly easily resolved by cleaning and lubricating the speed control potentiometers on the chassis, and on the control board. I also lubed the spindle bearing with synthetic bearing oil and of course setup the arm and cartridge to Technics specifications. Technics specify an amount of overhang for their included Shure M91ED, and I am happy to go with that rather than make the cart fit a different alignment profile.

After a clean and lube of on-board controls, mechanical linkages and connectors, this deck came up perfectly and will live to play many more records for years to come.





Liquid Mike

As a kid, I cherished my Tandy 200-in-1 electronics project lab, Dick Smith electronics kits, my Dad's hi-fi and my own first proper system. Later, I created Liquid Audio to help keep classic hi-fi gear alive and well. Our mission: to deliver TLC for classic Japanese, American and European hi-fi stereo equipment.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. P Hawley

    I invested in an SL1300 (1974 Model) on Fleabay. I Installed New Litz Wire in the Tone arm, Installed a Brand New set of SL1200 Feet (Worked Great and Vastly improved the Turntable), Installed an NOS 881s Stanton, Cleaned and Degreased the Cueing Lever, Gears. Deoxit’d all of the Rheostats and performed all of the factory alignments. This turntable Is Pure JAM. Absolutely Great Turntable. No Regrets.

    1. Mike

      Great to see another SL-1300 alive and kicking!

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