The Official *Technics SL-1200* Owners Club

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by quietcity, May 6, 2009.

  1. eriathomas

    eriathomas Active Member

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    I'm hoping they let me test the bearing and such, or else I won't buy it even though it's pretty cheap for a 1200.

    That's my plan, whenever I get a new job since I just lost my good one :(. I want the tonearm rewire, with RCAs and the fluid dampening at least.
     
  2. hugz

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    are you wanting to test the spindle bearing or the tonearm bearing?
     
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  3. eriathomas

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    Both would be great. The tonearm you just zero it out and move the anti-skate to see if it move correctly, right?
     
  4. Tdogzthmn

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    The Nagaoka MP110 is a great cart for the money hope you're enjoying it!
     
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  5. hugz

    hugz Well-Known Member

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    are you wanting to test the main bearing or the tonearm bearing?
    When my SL-1200's tonearm bearings were busted, the thing that made it very blatantly clear that I had a problem was to zero out the arm (make it float), turn off the antiskate, let the arm float over the tonearm rest and then blow on it ever-so-gently.

    With the busted arm it would get half way and then stop very abruptly (or even bounce suddenly). with a new arm now it glides beautifully to the centre of the platter
     
  6. monkboughtlunch

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    RE: Lead in groove skip issue when using cue lever

    I have an SL-1210M5G with AT150MLX. It's dialed in for 1.5g tracking force. Anti-skate is also set to 1.5.

    The issue I'm having is if I use the cue lever to set the arm down on the lead in groove of the record, the stylus will often skip forward a few grooves. This only happens when setting down on the lead in groove. When setting down the arm with lever on the music portion of the record -- there is no skipping issue.

    Anyone experience this issue? What causes it and what is the fix?
     
  7. Bahamayellow

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    Hello is this at the beginning of the record or all lead grooves in a song. Thanks
     
  8. monkboughtlunch

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    Hi - to clarify, this is occuring when lowering the arm with cue lever on the "dead wax outer lip" at the beginning of the record. It then jumps forward a few grooves. If I set the arm down by hand on at the start of the record, it plays fine.
     
  9. monkboughtlunch

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    Also - does anyone own an M5G -- and an SL1200GR or SL1200G/GAE and done a sonic comparison? If so, what are quantifiable sonic differences between the new models and the M5G?
     
  10. Bahamayellow

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    Maybe try backing off on the anti skate a bit. Also I have noticed this on my M3D 1200 if I lower the queuing arm to quickly. It could probably use a good cleaning and silicon filled back in the lowering cylinder. I know the M5G has another adjustment screw on the tonearm . I have one a M5G also but never messed with it. I'm sure u checked to make sure the table is level as well.
     
  11. eriathomas

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    [​IMG]

    Finally grabbed the 1200 M3D today. Dust cover is cracked, but otherwise it is in good shape. Smells a bit smokey, any tips on getting rid of it? Also came with a Stanton 890SA. Not sure if it's worth keeping or not.
     
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  12. mprince

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    I used a bunch of cleaners on mine, a solution of white vinegar and water usually is pretty effective at getting odors. Mine was so bad when I got it I partially disassembled it and left it in the garage for a few days to air out.
     
  13. eriathomas

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    I'll give that a go. This one is bad, and worse I dropped it off and left it in my living room before I had to go to work. Now my house probably stinks.
     
  14. mprince

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    You could also pick up some air freshener packets to put down near all of the electronics. I had to really scrub my mat to get the smell out too.
     
  15. eriathomas

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    What is the best way to clean the rubber mat? I'm always worried soap and water will harden it for some reason.
     
  16. mprince

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    Dish soap and water worked for mine.
     
  17. eriathomas

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    Awesome, thanks. Guess I know what I'll be doing all night. Too bad my hands are too damn shaky to mount my AT440mlb on it. I can do simpler ellipticals though.
     
  18. Bahamayellow

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    Nice looking table. I really like my M3d also. There were 2 in really good shape my only regret is I didn't buy both of them. My smokey infinitys aren't smelly anymore after 3 years.
     
  19. eriathomas

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    Playing a record I don't care much about, and the stylus definitely needs replaced but I do like the sound of the stanton. Quite happy with my purchase. Now to decide if I should sell my HK, since I'm not the type who needs multiple tables.
     
  20. Happytalk

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    Hi all. Picked up an SL1200mk2 for super cheap. I've owned fantastic specimen of one of these for years and I found this new (to me) one for $160. For the most part, it looks like it is good shape. However, left channel is virtuaully non-existent. That I think I can figure out. But here's a curious issue, the little nub that rests on the cueing slide(?) broke off while in the possession of a previous owner. I don't really mind it, given the price, but I'm wondering if anyone has run into this, and if I need to replace the whole arm. Or if this did happen to you, did you use some sort of super strong glue?

    Also I really hope whatever bang caused this isn't also causing the left channel to be nearly silent...
     

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