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International Power I brought my Technics 1210MK with me to Germany (from the USA) and, knowing that the European electrical sockets are different, I purchased an adapter, after reaching Germany. When I connected the turntable plug (with the adapter) to the wall socket, the turntable seemed to have electrically shorted out and now my turntable will not turn on at all! Have I permanently harmed my turntable or is this a problem which can be easily fixed? Desparate to find out...Thanks for your advice in advance...

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Well exactly what djpro said just take off your platter or peek threw one of those holes on your platter and look for the little screw driver knob turn it to 220v ... But... remember when u return to the US of A you peek in the hole again and turn it back to 110. good day mate lol

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FYI, since you have a SL1210MK2 - there is an voltage switch on the unit, right under the turntable platter - just for this reason. So, if you've fixed this issue, make sure you change the voltage setting to 220V on your turntable, and you'll be fine for the future. - Justin

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Re: International Power

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. :)

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