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Pitch Control issues on Technics 1200 mk2

If I have both of my technic 1200s at 0 pitch control they're fine, but when i start to increase the pitch controls on them, one turntable seems to lose it's pitch more than the other. (The pitch will sound much higher than the other one even at +2) Tempo is fine

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The pitch pots have been altered.
there located under the platter & cover on the main circuit board.it's a peace of **** to sort them.
if you help e-mail me djtatty@hotmail.com

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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Pitch Control Problems


More than likely the pitch needs to be calibrated. Although not very hard, I would suggest getting this done by a professional, as it does require opening up your turntable.

Here are instructions - TECHNICS PITCH CALIBRATION

If you cannot perform this, then find yourself a good technician who knows what they are doing.

If this does not work, more than likely either your pitch control, the pitch gain, or one of the IC's need to be replaced - at this stage, only a qualified service tech can help you.

Good luck!


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Aug 28, 2009 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

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One of my technics' 1200 turntable's tone gets too high


You can try adjusting the pitch's gain, which is located on the pitch control circuit board. Only problem is that you'll have to take apart your turntable in order to get to that section (its on the bottom).

If that does not work, your pitch might be bad, or one of the main circuit drive IC's might be bad.

Hope this helps some.

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Aug 27, 2009 | Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable

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I recently purchased a used Technics 1200-MK2 turntable. Aside from the obvious wear and tear, there is one issue that I can not seem to fix. One the pitch slider, the factory set zero (green light is on)...


sound like the pitch has been tampered with.
Right you felling confer dent if so get your self a Philips screwdriver switch the deck off & unplug it under the slip mat there are two big holes put your fingers in them then twist & pull the platter off its always a mission because of the magnetic brakes.
when you've got it off undo the 5 screws that hold the plastic cover on, then you'll see a circuit board on the top right hand side which has 2 pot one named BRAKE the other PITCH adjust the PITCH anticlockwise until it's slot is pointing up straight put it all back together but dont put the screws back in just yet.
test it first if it's still not right repeat this proses untill you nail it.
GOOD LUCK if you get stuk e-mail me djtatty@hotmail.com

Aug 12, 2009 | Technics SL-1200MK5 Turntable

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Pitch control drops drastic in middle of set


it sounds like the problem is the pitch control. this is a common problem that can be fixed pretty cheap check out 1200s website they offer alot of help and replacement parts for this issue.

Jul 05, 2009 | Technics SL-1210MK5 Turntable

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Help for technics 1200 MK2 and 1210 Speed is too fast


On the 1200MK2 the pitch control slider is for just that purpose. Disregard the 0 setting and use the illuminated strobe marks on the platter to adjust to nominal speed. When they appear to be motionless you are there. The control on the 1210 may be a knob but the same principles apply.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technics_SL-1200

Apr 04, 2009 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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Speed control issue


Not sure I understand what you need done. The 1200 has a pitch control, which allows you to control it's speed. Do you want to disable the 33/45rpm function, and assign that to the pitch control, so instead of controlling pitch, you control the RPM? This will put quite a strain on the drive circuits of this unit, but it can be done. Although, not an easy modification, as you will have to modify multiple resistors and IC's on the main board. This should only be professionally done.

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Jan 18, 2009 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

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Pitch Slider


You more than likely have to have the pitch control replaced or cleaned.

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Jan 13, 2009 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

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PITCH CONTROL PROBLEM


The reset button disables your pitch control and allows the turntable to rotate at TRUE "0" (zero). FYI, these turntables were NOT made for DJing. They were made for radio, studio, and high end home use. They became DJ turntables, because they were perfectly built for the trade. So, the pitch reset button is more of a function best suited for radio stations or a producer who needs to record or play at a true zero speed.

Now, on to your question...

More than likely you just have to calibrate your pitch control. There are various videos on YouTube on how to do this properly. Just do a search CALIBRATING 1200s or similar. FYI, all the Technics SL1200/1210 MK series are the same inside. MK2, MK3, MK5 - so don't worry if you only find videos on calibrating MK2's or MK5s - works the same on all the models.

Good luck!

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Apr 01, 2008 | Technics SL-1200M3D Turntable

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