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1200 platter drag

I just bought a used SL-1200MK2 off of E-bay and had it shipped to me. I was told that the unit worked just fine before shipping, and it was very well packaged in bubble wrap surrounded by styrofoam peanuts. The unit did not come with a dust cover so the bubble wrap was pressing down on the arm and the platter. I say all of this because when I unpacked the 1200 and plugged it in everything came on just fine, but when I pressed start the platter started to spin, but then stopped. I quickly turned it off and rotated the platter by hand. I heard and felt something on the underside of the platter scraping on something below it. I wanted to take the platter off to see what was going on, but I can't figure out how to remove the platter. If you have any suggestions about what may be going on, or how to remove the platter so I can start to diagnose the problem, that would be great.

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  • Mark Hardeman Oct 10, 2007

    Well, I finally got the platter off of my 1200MK2 (that magnet really didn't want to let go) and I checked the underside of it (it's actually rubber), but I didn't see any area that would drag on the body of the turntable below it.  There was a small rubber "bumper" stuck on the outside perimeter of the platter (see photos if they aren't too small), and I don't know if it's supposed to be there or not.  There is also a dent in the thin metal ring near where the spindle passes through the platter but that doesn't seem like it would throw the platter off kilter enough for it to rub.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • Mark Hardeman Oct 11, 2007



    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.  I removed the rubber bumper from the underside of the platter and now the 1200 works like a charm.  Can't wait to hook it up to my system and start spinning.



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The platter should have two holes on it,my 1210 does. put your thumb on the spindle and a finger in each hole and prize the platter off. theres no screws holding the platter on just a tapered spindle shaft. it is quite heavy so a good pull will do it. as for the scraping it might be as simple as packaging placed under the platter to secure it for shipping, technics are built really well so i cant imagine it could be anything major. i hope this helps you out, if you need any more help let us know. please also let us know how you get on. darren

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    darren Oct 10, 2007

    hi mark-e-mark, good pics.

    the rubber bumpers are not standard fittings, as expected they must have been placed there for shipping. you can go ahead and remove them. i dont have them on my 1210s.

    as for the dent on the metal ring i wouldnt worry about it, the ring on mine isnt perfectly round. if you look closely at the bits that stick out of this ring you will see they have lines, this is because they are several thin metal plates. the ring merely keeps them in place.

    i am sure that once you remove the bumpers your 1200 will work perfectly.

    once again let me know how you get on.




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