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Different HZs problem (from 60Hz to 50Hz)

I live in Greece (220V/50Hz) and I bought an SL1200MK2 from USA (120V/60Hz) hoping that with an AC converter the turntable would be working alright. I have realised that the converter only deals with the convertion of 120V to 220V but not with the 60Hz to 50Hz. That Hz difference makes the motor work in an unsteady speed continuously! What can i do to fix that? is there a Hz convertor too? My next option is to find a 'European' motor and put it on. But even if i decide to do that, where can i find one??? Thanx...

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Re: Different HZs problem (from 60Hz to 50Hz)

I had a similar problem. My european Akai turntable 220v 50 Hz I'm using here in Brazil (where there are available both 110v or 220v but just 60 Hz).

In the eBay I bought:
- 220v 60 Hz -> 12v stabilized transformer;
- 12v -> 220 50 hz inverter;
- 110-220v noise filter.
I spent less than 100 US$

In your case, you would simply buy a 12v -> 110 60 Hz inverter.

Beware: if you are interested in a perfect sound, zero noise, crystal sound, maybe this would not be a perfect solution for you (but in this case you should use a CD player instead, ah ah ah - just kidding ;-).

Depending on model, the inverter could add a small background noise.
I accept it, since I can hear it just at high volume and with the turntable stopped. But of course somebody can find it not acceptable.

This is a low-cost solution for that vintage equipements you're using basically to have a flash-back in 70's and 80's...

Hope it will help you.

Giovanni Verrua
Italy / Brazil

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Re: Different HZs problem (from 60Hz to 50Hz)


Yes there are frequency converters available but most are relatively over rated (industrial) for your requirement such as MDS Power or VisiComm Industries. What you need is a Low Power Solid State Frequency Converters lower than a
Electrocon Frequency Converters. However, I expect this devices to be rather expensive.

A few other options you may want to consider:
1. Contact the store where you bought if from; swap with an International version (Model SL-1210 Mark II; same price as SL-1200 Mark II); dual voltage switchable on rear of unit: 120 volts/60 Hz (U.S.) or 220 volts/50 Hz (Europe). You hopefully just spend for the cost of shipping + a restocking fee;
2. Contact 3rd party Technics TT specialist like TopDJGear, Quality Electronics, Planet DJ or DJHardware
and inquire if they would supply you the part(s) that you need to convert the 1200 to a 1210; or
3. Offer a swap on eBay.

Hope this be of some idea/help. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007

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