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Drive Type: Direct
With Pitch Control
Pitch Range: +/- 8 %
Speed Settings: 33.3 Rpm
45 Rpm Rpm
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Technics SL-1200/1210

“Without doubt the market leader and mainstay of DJs...”

Written on: 18/05/2011

Without doubt the market leader and mainstay of DJs worldwide. Whether bought new or second hand, 1210s are remarkably durable and only once have I ever had any problems with them (a second hand pair). Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I would take a set of old 1210s over CDs any day of the week. If you have any further questions I'm developing a new site over at www.dj-equipment-ireland.com where we will be comparing 1210s with CDs and other vinyl turntables… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“there is very little to write about these turntables...”

Written on: 08/01/2010

there is very little to write about these turntables that anyone who has had the pleasure of using them does not already know. these babies are built like chieftan tanks and have the peformance of an F1 grand prix racing car. so basic and easy to use, but this is the genius part about them. technics have hit the jackpot with these dex, an if god himself was a dj he wouldnt choose any other turntable. if you want a turntable that will take a beating, and will still keep coming back for more then… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“When I was younger all I wanted was a set of 1210's -...”

Written on: 05/09/2008 by josephjobling (1 review written)

When I was younger all I wanted was a set of 1210's - now I have them and I will always be glad i got them. People who use other decks are just kidding them selves if they think there's are better, and if they spent £400 quid each on a different make of deck - gutted !… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“This is one of the best turntables in terms of audio...”

Written on: 25/08/2008 by bburl (1 review written)

This is one of the best turntables in terms of audio quality around. And at it's price point, its unbeatable. This isn't just a dj deck. It was originally designed for sound quality for in home use. The dj's just took it up because it's built like a tank. Do yourself a favour, get this turntable and enjoy it for the next 20 years… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“If you want to be a DJ and play Vinyl, Get the...”

Written on: 26/04/2008

If you want to be a DJ and play Vinyl, Get the Technics dex, don't be stingy you will regret it! The Technics SL-1200/1210 take a hammering! You never hear of someone disappointed with a pair of Technics 1200 series Decks (1210MK2's here)… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“The Technics SL-1200/1210 is torque, design,...”

Written on: 26/03/2008

The Technics SL-1200/1210 is torque, design, anti-skating, easy to repair, speed stabilization, hi precision pitch. Generally the best of the best deck 4 ever… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“Technics have overturned the status quo in the...”

Written on: 23/06/2007 by John Blaze 2007 (1 review written)

Technics have overturned the status quo in the turntable market. The craftsmanship of the MK5's are unmatched. I tested both the Numark TTX1's and Technics 1210 MK5's.

The Numarks are great, I really cannot put them down. In fact I may get one of them for my son. However, not just relying on the Technics history or popularity, but on actual hands on testing and comparing to other decks, the Technics just feel so much better.

The stability and strength of these decks when mixing, scratching… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“This turntable is the industry standard. ”

Written on: 29/09/2006 by waxonwaxoffsydney (1 review written)

This turntable is the industry standard.
The vast majority of clubs use them, so why not do yourself a favour and get used to using one?

Sound quality is great for a DJ turntable, and still up there with a lot of Hi-Fi turntables.

Buy the mk2 every time.
The mk5 has been tweaked and has a digital speed control, but it's way more expensive.

Many people criticise the S-shaped arm, but FACT - A straight arm cannot track the groove of the record accurately from start to finish.
A straight arm… Read Full Review

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Bertie's Response to waxonwaxoffsydney's Review

Written on: 29/09/2006

"Never put coins on the headshell to add weight. This will make the diamond tip of your cartridge tear the grooves out of your records."
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<br/>This ploy was popular with some enthusiasts many years ago, but the extra weight was balanced out by the arm counterweight. It was supposed to enhance infra bass; especially if the arm was a very lightweight one carrying a cartridge with a high compliance cantilever suspension.
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<br/>I don't know if it was successful, but I rather suspect the effect could well be as you describe!
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<br/>Nice to know the SL 1200 is still about and that you enjoy it. Happy listening mate.

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“Some things that need to be said, when the Technics SL...”

Written on: 21/03/2006 by DJ Shadowskill (6 reviews written)

Some things that need to be said, when the Technics SL 1210s were 1st made they were hand build. The mk1 and mk2 are the best versions, today they are factory- mass produced after years of over demand, while still a formidable deck it is being made with cheaper and cheaper parts and the newer ones weigh less. 2 handy tricks: 1. if your having problems with vinyls jumping a while your trying to scratch add some bluetack and a 1p piece to the top. 2. there is a fairly easy procedure to up the… Read Full Review

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Waxonwaxoffsydney's Response to DJ Shadowskill's Review

Written on: 29/09/2006

Blue tacking a penny to the headshell is the No1 way to ruin your valuable record collection.
<br/>Think about it. The turntable arm can be adjusted in all manner of ways to get it tracking perfectly. And you really think that attaching a penny to it is going to make it perform better.
<br/>THINK ABOUT IT.

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Bburl's Response to DJ Shadowskill's Review

Written on: 26/08/2008

You're wrong. the 1200's are still hand built in Japan.

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“I think that the Technics SL1200/1210 range of...”

Written on: 12/12/2003 by pritan (1 review written)

I think that the Technics SL1200/1210 range of turntables is by far most the best ever I have ever used. They are the most professional and most reliable turntable in the world. The build quality is so unreal that you feel confidence when using them, knowing that type will not jump or stall to pick up whenever you let go. They are great for scratching, hence, with the right stylus… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“A highly robust and durable turntable, an industry...”

Written on: 22/07/2003 by Scott Jaye. (1 review written)

A highly robust and durable turntable, an industry standard and a must for DJ's in the professional field of mixing records on vinyl. The platter is very sturdy and you could put a hoochie mama on it and would still go round!

SL1200's and SL1210's have no difference except the colour of the turntable and both have the same working parts inside too.
Both turtables have the feature of 33 or 45 RPM for the speed of the record.

For the beginner of the experience of the technics deck, the platter… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“I am a bit more critical than others, though I don't...”

Written on: 03/07/2003 by DJ Chapstar. (1 review written)

I am a bit more critical than others, though I don't understand the review of the guy who says if you are just gonna remove the lids and crack on then get cheap decks. Never Get Cheap Decks if you can afford these, they are an investment, you can only learn properly on these, belt drives and low torque decks only serve to delay your progress. Mine have just come up for their 12th Birthday and are still going strong, they have outlasted 3 mixers and loads of Crossfaders, they have done roadwork… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“I HAVE HAD A PAIR OF TECHNICS SL1200 DECKS FOR AT...”

Written on: 30/08/2002 by PERMY. (1 review written)

I HAVE HAD A PAIR OF TECHNICS SL1200 DECKS FOR AT LEAST 7 YRS - THEY HAVE TAKEN SOME SH*T AND THEY ARE STILL IN PERFECT WORKING CONDITION, I LOVE THEM AND REMEMBER - A PAIR OF DECKS ARE FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“Fat decks-Technics will always be the best. These...”

Written on: 05/03/2002 by Loz. (1 review written)

Fat decks-Technics will always be the best. These SL1200/1210's are perfect for beat matching and if u got a good mixer then u cant go wrong. The also look better than any other deck PS.I love BIRMINGHAM CITY FOOTBALL CLUB-ZULU ARMY… Read Full Review

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“i have owned my Mk3d's for over a month now. The deck...”

Written on: 10/01/2002 by DJ Terence. (1 review written)

i have owned my Mk3d's for over a month now. The deck has uncanny capabilities that other decks don't have- namely the overall strength, and they are simply quite sexy, hence, there'll always be a place for the Mk3d's in my bedroom. Having no 'click' option has to be the main difference though, as with the old models, it was easy to lose a beatmix around the '0' pitch area. As for the 'wavering' comment in morfs review on this site, I haven't encountered any problems yet, so here's hoping. In… Read Full Review

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Thequeen.'s Response to DJ Terence.'s Review

Written on: 11/12/2002

The problem that I've had is that thay do not hold their speed (you have to work hard to keep them going at the right speed), ive had this prolem since I bought them brand new, 2 years ago...It could be the pitch adj. any ideas.. thanks

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“- I thought it was worth mentioning the difference...”

Written on: 06/12/2001 by morf. (1 review written)

- I thought it was worth mentioning the difference between different models - despite what some say, the only difference between the 1200 and the 1210 is the colour.
The mkII is different from the mkI only by fact that it has a variable voltage selector for UK/europe.
The mk3D has a quartz lock button (resets pitch to 0 immediately) which appart from limited creative effect is only really useful for radio use. The main difference is that the pitch slider has no 'click' at zero, so is perfect… Read Full Review

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69639_Dj Morf.'s Response to morf.'s Review

Written on: 01/02/2003

I have had the mk3d's now for over a year and noticed no problem with the pitch. Maybe the people who experienced this problem were either unlucky or off their heads!

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Bburl's Response to morf.'s Review

Written on: 26/08/2008

The difference between the mk1 and mk2 is also the addition of a quartz motor which is pretty fundamental. And that they haven't made the mk1 for over 30 years. Do not buy an mk1, it is old and inferior.

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“I have a prob with the head being to light its not the...”

Written on: 12/08/2001 by DJ SDS. (1 review written)

I have a prob with the head being to light its not the weight thats on max...any ideas… Read Full Review

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6827_Morf.'s Response to DJ SDS.'s Review

Written on: 06/12/2001

you said you had weight problems even though the counterweight is on full- is this because you are using a stanton cartridge (or similar) and omitted to add the weight (the small square of metal that sits inbetween the cartridge and the headshell)? - a common mistake!!

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Waxonwaxoffsydney's Response to DJ SDS.'s Review

Written on: 29/09/2006

If you bought it new, read the instructions.
<br/>If it&#039;s second hand, get on the the Technics website and download the instructions.

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Technics SL-1200/1210

“THE best decks made. Ever. Don't even bother wasting...”

Written on: 10/05/2001 by benjimin dover. (1 review written)

THE best decks made. Ever. Don't even bother wasting your money on anything else. You'll only be disappointed (unless you're getting Vestax PDX-D3's. But I'd still get these). So heavy you'll never jog the needle, even if your hands are made from concrete and you have the dexterity in your digits of an Elephant, and so durable you'll never need to buy another set as long as you live, as long as you take care of them (i.e. don't chuck then out of windows or hit them with a sledge hammer) and get… Read Full Review

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Jamie (Dj Jay-Me).'s Response to 2095_benjimin dover.'s Review

Written on: 16/10/2001

I got them like 3/4 months ago and they are AbsOlUty GreAt!!! This review says it: GET THEM GET THEM NOW!!!
<br>Peace...

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Waxonwaxoffsydney's Response to 2095_benjimin dover.'s Review

Written on: 29/09/2006

Dude -
<br/>Tell me your name isn&#039;t actually bend over!
<br/>I thought you&#039;d be too busy making skin flicks to bother djing.

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5232_Frankm.'s Response to 2095_benjimin dover.'s Review

Written on: 26/10/2001

Technics decks are excellent . If you are using them for mobile work you'll need proper flight cases. It is best if you remove them from the cases when dj'ing although I know other DJ's just remove the lids and plug them into the mixer. If you do this why not use cheaper decks. You lose the subtleties of of the deck's reproduction. I prefer to sit mine on concrete paving slabs then a bed of foam rubber.
<br>This usually counters the worst of tables and bouncy dance floors. Use a spirit level to get the balance right. Learn how to maintain the decks and they will last a DJ's lifetime.

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