It was all over the news yesterday. DJ forums online and on Facebook had people posting pictures of the prototypes of these turntables. A few years back, Technics said that they were stopping production of these turntables because of the declining volume of vinyl sales. But after the resurgence of vinyl, I think the head-honchos at Panasonic / Technics realised that maybe their decision to retire these iconic turntables may have been a wee bit hasty. After all, vinyl sales went up by 56% last year alone.
Apparently, the new turntables are specifically designed to remove the “weaknesses of direct-drive turntables”, and they eliminate “cogging” by removing the iron core within the motor. Not only that. The motor has been re-designed with sensors and the like. And that is not all. The tonearms are different too. The SL-1200G employs a lightweight aluminum construction, while the SL-1200GAE uses magnesium.
Two models were released, as mentioned in the paragraph above. The first is the 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE, with a limited serial number plate in a quantity of just 1,200 pieces. The standard Grand Class SL-1200G will be available in late 2016.
Frankly, I cannot wait.
I saw a post on Facebook about this guy who sent his Technics turntables to the platers and had them gold-plated for about US$4000. Egads! That is a LOT to pay for a turntable to be gold-plated but I must say that you get what you pay for. The end result is absolutely stunning. See the picture above. Isn’t it fantastic?
I saw this video on YouTube and I must say that it is one helluva inspiration. That is the way I started out…not on these beautiful Micro Seiki turntables but on hi-fi turntables no less. Check out the mixing…smooth. And that Tascam mixer. There used to be one just like that installed in the church near my home back in the day.
But anyway, back to these Micro Seiki turntables. These direct-drive beauties had a platter that I simply could not tear my eyes away from. Many back in the day used to make fun of us, stating that only Technics SL-1200s were the turntables for DJs. I proved them wrong. Hi-fi turntables can be good if not, just as good as the Technics. They did not have the torgue of the Technics but they could work the business.
I got this picture from VinylEngine.com which shows the exploded view of these Micro Seiki beauties. Check out the size of the motor. Its huge! There is a separate controller that controls the pitch. That is why when you see the guy above in the video, he is fiddling with a box with a knob on it. That is the pitch control. It does not have the slider like the Technics SL-1200 MKII but it works.
Call me quirky but if I ever see these Micro Seiki turntables being sold online and for the right price, I would snap them up
I love my music but unfortunately, many of the songs I love are only available on vinyl instead of MP3s and EAVs. So that is what I did the last week. I hooked up my trusty Behringer UCA222, connected the USB to my computer and hooked up the mixer that my turntables are connected to the UCA222 device. After that, I fired up Audacity (you can use any free software recorder but Audacity is free) and recorded the vinyl in real-time. With the exception of a lot of crackle and pop (ok…some of my vinyl needs a good cleaning) I managed to copy quite a few songs across. This is a picture of me transferring the 12″ of Wang Chung’s Everybody Have Fun Tonight to WAV. Yep. That is my trusty Technics SL-1200 turntable and my Stanton 500AL cartridge and stylus
I came upon this turntable fairly recently. What a load of rubbish. This Sherwood PM-9805 does not only look like the Technics SL-1200 MKII, it does not do it justice by being a belt-drive turntable. Plus, the plastic finish does not last, and really cannot make it. If you want to spend money on a turntable, get a good one. There are better turntables that can be bought for a pretty low price. The Audio-Technica one comes to mind but this one…honestly. Give it a miss!
Years ago, my friend had this pre-amplifier and tuner combo. How I longed to have this setup in my home! His dad had won the whole stereo system in a lucky draw. This is a picture of the pre-amplifier tuner and the power amplifier. His system was powerful alright because when he blasted it from his house, I could hear it in my house. Ah…those old hi-fi days…
I saw somethng this morning that literally floored me. As a matter of fact, I am still reeling from it. The thing that floored me/ Simple. The picture above. This, my friends, is the SL-700 turntable…a turntable made specifically, apparently by Technics, for 7″ singles. I got this from DJWORX.com and there is an interesting story on them. The following quote is from DJWORX’s website:
There’s a bit of a back story to this that started around 8 years ago. I was sent the above image from a reputable source purporting to be a 7″ Technics deck. It doesn’t take much CSI forensics to see that it’s a mock up, but apparently came via a Technics rep. A month or so later, I happened to find myself upon the Technics stand at Musikmesse, and figured it was the idea time to get some verification from the horse’s mouth as it were.
I found a guy who looked high up the corporate food chain, whipped out my laptop and asked him if this image was real. The look on his face was as if I’d pulled out the secret area 51 files, resulting in a very serious “where did you get this?”, which at the time made me think that there might be something in it. Seems there might have been after all.
That is interesting because a couple of years back, Technics / Panasonic stopped production of their SL-1200 MKII turntables, leading to a big groan from the DJ industry. There are hoarders everywhere now with new old stock Technics selling for up to $2000 a pop! But I digress. This is is a story that is absolutely fantastic. If Technics are making these (which I do not think is possible but I could be wrong) it shows that they still are clinging to their vinyl legacy. But…and if I mean but…if these are just a pair of one-ff decks, then I suppose all we can do is just drool at them. Hmmm…makes me wish that I had invested in more 7″ singles from the old days…