20 Most Recent Technics SL-1200 Turntable - Page 2 Questions & Answers

Clearly there IS a setup issue. Take serrato out of the loop for the moment and the mixer. Plug each deck (one at a time) into a hifi with a MM Phono input. Are you getting stereo? If yes, you know the decks are ok. Now reset the mixer completey. All eqs and pans including volumes to 12 o clock position and volumes to 0.
Make sure you connect deck one to a red and white of one phono input channel. Do not use 1 channel from phono and 1 from line. Use both left and right of the phono chanels.
Ok, now hook up the mixer to the amp. Keep the x-fader on channel 1 and concentrate getting a good stereo signal from this one chanel. Now do the same for the other cahnnel.

This should hae helped you to get up an running, if not narrow down the problem.

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Nov 05, 2011

can you be more precise. At the moment it sounds like you cant beat match. that is not the turntable's fault

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Nov 05, 2011

you changed it back and it doesnt work? theres a little switch that is 120 or 240 or something like that US is 120 uk is like 140

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on May 25, 2011

Use the slide on the pitch control to move forward or backward until the dots stay steady. If it is a little old the quartz control won't work as well.

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on May 15, 2011

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Technics SL-1200... | Answered on May 06, 2011

Hi, remove it and give the contacts a good clean. If that doesn't work it will need replacing. John

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Apr 27, 2011

First off, Congratulations on such a excellent deal! That's a $500.00 turntable. I know I own a pair and I've been a DJ for 18 years.

Second, the Technics 1200 does not have an auto return. You have to pick up the needle and bring it back manually.

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Apr 15, 2011

You need to have your RCA's replaced. If you are technically inclined you should be able to replace them your self. All you need is a soldering kit and a screw driver, and of course a new pair of RCA cables. You can use any regular pair of RCA cables. Cut them and strip out enough wire to solder them on. If you don't want to do that, then you can have it done at the shop and they usually just charge about $30.00 if that much. There's plenty of youtube videos that walk you through the process. Check out the videos by viperfrank. His videos helped me do this and change the light on my 1200.

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Apr 15, 2011

You will need to check your belt for wear. Lift felt on platter and check belt tension. It may need replacing. To replace, simply lift platter section of the unit, taking note of the belt position. replace and your problem will be solved

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Apr 15, 2011

Generally the cause is one of 3 things. 1 Damage to the stylus or dirt. 2 Lack of pressure to the stylus. 3 Anti-skate control set to low.
First check the stylus you should feel it sticking in you finger a bit. 2 Has the weight on the end of the arm become lose? Adjust for the correct tracking weight of the cartridge. 3 Check the manual for what the anti-skate control should be set to.

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Feb 27, 2011

Turntable Drive Belt

The chances are the rubber drive belt has either broken or stretched so that it has fallen off the drive pulleys.

You will need to gain access to the underside of the turntable to replace it.

With most turntables the process will be to secure the tone arm (a rubber band will do the trick) before turning the whole thing upside down and unscrewing the base.

Replacement drive belts are easily available on the internet. Search by make and model number of your turntable

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Feb 10, 2011

Years ago, Radio Shack sold a turntable with the same problem. The fix was to purchase a pre-amp to go between the turntable and the tuner/amp. I think this had something to do with a magnetic vs. ceramic cartridge?

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Dec 16, 2010

There is no trick to this. There is no easy way to repair that, unless you have the proper tools and experience. It sounds like your a novice, because of the questions you are asking.

Here is the issue you will come across...

You'll remove the collar, and find that there are 4 very thin wires soldered to the gold contacts. Those contacts have springs behind them. If they came off, or are damaged, that's it. Technics does not sell the parts for the tonearm individually. You will have to replace the entire tonearm. Soldering those thin wires back into their original position is extremely difficult. It's easier to replace the tonearm.

Good luck!


Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Nov 09, 2010

Brown liquid huh? A small amount may be a blown electrolytic capacitor. Take a look around for a component that's about the size of a pencil eraser and also brown. Or - just some wires where it used to be. This can happen in storage if temps are too high or low and it can just plain happen. If there's a LOT of brown stuff, then its probably external contamination. Can you run your finger across it and give a sniff - see oily stuff on your finger? In that case, you've got a serious clean up job ahead. Tons of contact cleaner and/or alcohol and lots of careful work are in your future. DO NOT power up anything until you've totally cleaned up everything - it will only get worse if you power it up and things can short out.

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Oct 26, 2010

Yes , it is alright provided that the ground serves the purpose and is the actual gound of the circuit to null off any transcients .

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Sep 15, 2010

Try plugging it into a different power point. The problem is with the power supply fluctuating. You can eliminate that with a UPS, here is a link to wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supply


Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Sep 13, 2010

Hi, could just be platter not fitted hard down on spindle. I suggest you remove the platter and place it upon a dead flat surface to check to see that the platter is flat. If it is flat refit to turntable ensuring it is hard down on the spindle. If bent discard and replace with new platter.Platters can be ordered for all model 1200/1210 from styluscity@gmail.com

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Sep 13, 2010

Hi, most likely a worn stylus or the tracking weight is set too lightly. Adjust the balance weight at the back end of tonearm forward slightly. If no weight adjustment available put a very small coin on the end of tonearm above the stylus. styluscity@gmail.com

Technics SL-1200... | Answered on Sep 13, 2010

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