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  • Drew in Los Angeles

    Hi there i’ve got an issue with humming on my setup which I believe to be a grounding issue. Any help is much appreciated because i’m really not sure what else to do at this point. Here goes…

    Current setup is two Technics 1200 mkII ( both are internally grounded ) a Stanton M.203 mixer, which i’m running into powered KRK Rokit 5 monitors. I have absolutely zero humming issues associated with this setup. Here’s where i’m lost…

    I just purchased a brand new Allen & Heath xone: 23 mixer and after setting everything up I get a very audible hum that begins to show it’s ugly head as soon as I bring up the volume on either of the phono channels.

    I’m thinking to myself, “ok maybe your RCA cables need to be replaced or your internal ground mod needs to be redone” but then how come I’m not having any of these issues when i’m using the cheap Stanton mixer I bought for $40 off of craigslist???

    Could it be the A&H is more “sensitive” to any electrical currents that may be floating around therefor less forgiving of any noise in the signal path than the Stanton? I just think it’s crazy that I can play records just fine with the Stanton but not with my shiny new A&H mixer. Hoping I don’t have a faulty unit. Anyone with similar experiences or advice on something I might be missing? Thanks for you time!

    • DJ TeeOh “The Official”

      get them reground

    • Have you made sure your mixer is powered on a grounded plug? Meaning, the actual socket you plug into isn’t properly grounded. It could mean that your cheap stanton mixer is grounded somehow internally, and your Allen and Heath is not because internal grounding is not exactly optimal, and can occur from cheaper mixers wearing out, or poor design. If re-grounding your cables doesn’t help, you really might want to try a different socket, better yet an entirely new circuit that you know is grounded.

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  • Stefano Bosio

    I know this post is old, but maybe you can help me out. Does dust affect Technics turntables in any significant way? I went to see a used pair for sale today, quite dusty because of little use, but they played perfectly.

  • Ralph Jtek Cruz

    If any one on this forum need custom or service work done on their 1200’s hmu… I’m located in ny..I have reasonable prices.. New Led’s (choose your color) Halo light on the platter,Custom powder coated sets.etc for pics & info go to my instagram @jteknyc or visit my hashtag #teks1200shop

  • theaudiroom canada

    Home Audio Calgary Says.
    Second hand…………
    Let me think twice…..
    Sorry I m not interesting to buy second products…..
    This is the Answer going to from more 70% people….!!!!
    Including me I m also not interested for 2nd hand product sorry……!!!!!

  • pamma

    Do you have any pitch

  • This is extremely helpful and very needed. The humblest of THANK YOUs

  • Perhaps you can add another test that is (in my eyes) absolutely important to check whether the deck is in good condition:

    First remove the stylus from the tonearm. Place the counterweight at the very end of the tonearm. Release the tone-arm from the clamp –> It should point upwards. Now turn the antisakting-dial from “0” to “3” and reverse. When the antiskating is set to “0” the tonearm should move towards the center of the platter. When set to “3” the tonearm should move by itself to the outer rings of the platter. It this happens then both the bearings and the antiskating-spring are working well.

    In my opinion it is also important to check the level-adjustment of the tonearm. On older decks the outer ring you turn when you adjust the height of the tonearm-base tends to stick. (The lube or grease within the mechanism gets sticky, sometimes it’s nearly impossible to turn the ring. It this case you need to extensivly clean an relube the height-adjustment.

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  • EmP

    You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time to buy them. Got my first pair of MK2’s for 50$ (yes not a typo), my second pair of 1210 Mk2’s for 700 with needles and one case. Ive flipped both of those pairs and have sold them since. Currently i have pairs ofMK5’s and M3d’s which I purchased off of this guy who recently bought a club and was trying to fire sale the equipment. Mk5 pair for 400$ (which were pretty much mint not even a scratch) and the M3D pair for 250 which are in the paint shop currently. Just know what the decks are worth and you can usually cut down the price. Your biggest problems that you’ll find are bad RCA’s or pitch fader calibration as mentioned in the article but tech 1200’s are frikin tanks and each fix will be no more than 100 bucks, if that.

  • dj flexxy

    hey guys…please help me, i want ta have TECHINICS SL MK2 1200 SERATO READ…but i dont have money for that! Am from TANZANIA…help me please..(godfreykanyenda@gmail.com)

  • Do you have any directions/tips for replacing rca’s? What are some good ones to replace with?

    • FFD

      Radio Shack has regular RCA wires for 12$ and it should be long enough to make a set with. It isn’t going to make a huge difference if you get a gold tip RCA Monster cable or other expensive wires, unless the whole wire is made of gold. Plus the thicker the wire the harder it is to install the right way.

  • Great article. I picked up a 1200 from criagslist. Upon investigation it had a bad Rca connection into the board. Little research saved me 100 on the initial buy.

  • nobbycossie

    Good article. I bought a pair of SL1210s for £285 from a Cash Converters in the UK. Paid about the same restoring them and are now mint in perfect working order. Again great article as SL1210s are the best

  • lauti

    in my country (argentina) its really hard to get a pair of technics. Usually, the few that are for sale online are between 800 to 1000 dollars, if not more. Just one, not a pair. It doesn’t matter if it’s mint or completely fucked up, everbody wants to sell their technics for that money. But of course, nobody buys them. Eventually, somebody who actually wants to sell it shows up and you can get one for about 500 dollars, but that happens once a year.

  • Any advice on buying new/used turntables from other companies?

    • I heard a lot of good things about the Stanton ST150’s. They nearly look like 1210s and have similiar specs. I used to own two Reloop RP-4000. For home-use they are okay but I will never use them in the club! 😉

  • Im going to have to agree with Kunal. if your purchasing anything 2nd hand you should do your homework before you go and purchase. I would not walk into a used car dealership and buy a car without knowing what I am purchasing.

  • DJ84

    Great article. I have a pair of sl-1210 m5g in mint condition. what do those go for?

    • Xonetacular

      $750-$900 each typically. Sometimes even more.

  • I have two Technics 1200 MKG5 in perfect conditions for sale (Ireland). Barely used. Never gigged. Always in my studio under cover with original packaging.

  • technicaltitch

    I’d also add, slightly off topic, that older Vestax PDX turntable pitch control resolution is poor. I bought a PDX2000 as an alternative to a 1200, (cheaper with some great scratch functionality), but I play house as well as hip hop, and found there wasn’t enough precision in the pitch control for long mixes. Because pitch control is digital, as you slide the pitch control the actual platter speed goes up in steps, and for medium long mixes quite often I had to choose between slightly too slow or slightly too fast. I believe the resolution is higher in later models.

    • technicaltitch

      1200 pitch control is purely analogue, as far as I know, so a tiny, tiny move of the pitch control causes a tiny, tiny change in pitch. (This demands more of the internal electronics, as you can’t use negative feedback to correct the platter pitch.)

  • Andre

    what about M5Gs ? just ordered a new one a few days ago .. cant wait to get it

  • I’m from the Uk and got mine two 1200 mk2 from eBay for only £400 ($630) with a 3 channel Numark mixer and a heap load of vinyl plus the needles & a flight case. So just goes to show you it’s worth having a bid even if you think you won’t win it. Best purchase I ever made. And ill treasure them forever. Nice article.

  • Kunal

    I’m glad this got published by DJTT! Xone, you’re a beast with Technics my dude. But those of us on the forums already knew that. Good shit man! (Coldfuzion)