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Technics sl-1610 mk 2 turntable

I've seen repairs for the Technics SL1200MK2 turn table, but nothing on the 1610.

Anyway, I've got a 1610 that looks very much like the 1210 and I've had it for quite awhile. I have not used it in a long time, but I went to play an album and the turntable would not turn. The power is on (lights are on) but I can't get it to rotate.

Could it be anything other than the motor itself? How hard would that be to replace?


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Re: Technics sl-1610 mk 2 turntable

Unfortunately, it does sound like a drive issue. Just so you know, these units are direct drive, so there is no physical motor. It's just a bunch of various circuits which drive the unit, and if any one of them go bad, it will affect your turntable speed. You will need to have this looked at by a service technician to determine which circuit is faulty.


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Re: Technics sl-1610 mk 2 turntable

OK. Whoever stated that the Technics SL-1610MK2 is direct drive, probably did not notice the "belt" being sold for only $14.90 online. If this belt is being sold, there is a strong possiblility that this turntable is belt driven, so maybe the belt just slipped off or busted. order a belt and replace. Good Luck.

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Are you sure you have a Technics SL1200MK2 Direct Drive Turntable? If so, then there is a major problem with the drive system. This can only be diagnosed and repaired by a qualified technician.

If your turntable is not the Techics SL1200MK2, and you have no idea what turntable you have, look at the model's label, if it says BELT DRIVE - this is the reason why it drags to pick up speed. If it says DIRECT DRIVE, then take it to a service center for repair.


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So the unit powers up still? First and foremost check to make sure there is nothing forcing the platter to not rotate. If the platter is fine, and there is nothing holding it back, then you have a drive issue. More than likely one of the IC's (Integrated Circuits) failed, or it could be one or some of the other resistors which control the drive/platter on this unit.

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Um, why did you clean off the magnet with rubbing alcohol? Is this other DJ a service technician? Please be cautious when taking advice from friends or colleagues. Consult a professional, otherwise, you might cause more damage to your unit. Now, on to the problem at hand... This is a common problem with the MK2's, and not a power issue. This is a drive issue, and you will need to get it professionally serviced by an authorized Pansonic/Technics service center. There are various components which control the drive of the MK2's, so it's not easy to determine which is the culprit. 95% of the time it's one of the IC's (integrated circuits) or a few, or all. Which is why you will need to take to a service tech to get it looked at... Now, I know that's easier said then done, as many service centers do not provide support for turntables, especially the 1200s. So make sure you ask if they are knowledgeable with the Technics SL1200MK2 series. A lot of times, many of these places will be factory authorized to repair Technics/Panasonic items, but none have ever seen a Technics SL1200MK2 turntable, or worked on a direct drive unit. Many work on CD Players, Cassette Decks, etc. Our company offers free return shipping for all Nationwide service, and if your in NYC, we offer free pick up. Oh, and we are masters with the 1200s. Unfortunately, I don't think we can post our company information here, as I do not want to violate any agreements. So, with that said, do a search using the REPAIR SERVICE search option in and go to the following section-> HOME AUDIO -> Audio Shelf Systems - we are listed.

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