My technics are quite old and i went to turn one on the other day and the on/off knob just turns off straight away. It would stay on if i held it in place but otherwise it just flicks off by itself... very frustrating. any ideas??
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Not a pitch issue. This is a drive issue. The drive circuits are located underneath the turntable platter, on the main PCB. They usually go bad, more recently then before, unfortunately.
Not an easy fix, but not an expensive fix either, as the components are relatively cheap. It is time consuming, and if you have someone work on it who doesn't know what they are doing, could run up a nice tab on the repair. So be careful where you take it to. Ask them if they've worked on Drive Issues on 1200s before. If they look at you like, huh? STAY AWAY.
- Davis DIGITAL ANALOG THERAPY www.repairnyc.com www.1200s.com
Do you recall the adjustment you made? That brake switch under the hod is real sensitive. For starters, try pulling back half way from which you adjusted, to get a sense of sensitivity. Did you alter the pitch switch at all?
need to know if it powers up. Does it try to spin, do you hear it trying to spin? More than likely the on/off switch went bad. No, I am not referring to the ON/OFF knob. THere is a switch this engages when turned. The part is S601. You might also want to replace the Start/Stop switch as well. If neither work, then the issue is on the main PC board, and probably IC101, or IC201 with the problem. At this stage, you will have to have a service tech look at your unit.
You have probably permanently damaged your turntable.
The voltage supply in Germany is 220V AC, whereas in the US it is 110 V AC.
It is just possible that all you have done is to blow a fuse in the unit, if no external fuse holders are visible then try opening up the case and looking for one near where the power cable enters the unit.
If you have no luck with that then the transformer is almost certainly burnt out - this could be replaced but it is unlikely to be something you can do yourself.
Please don't plug anything else that is designed for 110V into a European socket, regardless of being able to get an adaptor that will fit the socket - the voltage is different. It will almost certainly die as well and the possible risks of electric shock, fire etc. are quite significant.
Hope this helps, if you want to try and get the unit repaired in Germany please ask again with details of your location and I will try and find you a reputable repair facility.
If in doubt about which of your items can be plugged in in Europe then please ask as some can be switched to deal with the higher voltage, although not all.