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Torque Problem I just bought some new technics 1210 m5g turntables .i have 2 1200 mk2s but they were getting pretty old so i bought the m5gs The problem i notice is the torque on these m5gs they dont seem to be as strong as my old mk2s the platter is alot eazyer to stop on the m5gs and not much hand pressure to stop the platter even with a slipmat i thought the motor might be defective somehow but both of them have this problem someone told me that they need to be broken in is this true? could it be this new digital pitch ?can anybody give me some ideas.. One more thing my old mk2s work better with serato than my new ones

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Re: Torque Problem

They actually need to be "broken in". The mk5 uses a different pitch board, allowing you to reverse, pitch up and down to 16, and lock and unlock the quartz. The mk5 is more precise, so its also more sensitive. Notice the notches on the turntable shaft behind the tonearm weight. The mk5  is just make to be finer calibrated.....your decks are fine, and more so probably your mk2s as well.

Oh and also, the infinite lubrication used on technics that was developed in the 70s is no match for the formula developed in the late 90s. Slick!!

Posted on Oct 28, 2007

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