Question about Technics SL-1210 Turntable
I have just recently had my 1210's serviced and was expecting the pitch faders to be replaced as I have been experiencing problems keeping my mixes tight without constantly having to keep re-adjusting the pitch control (all but very slightly) all the time.
My turntables were put on a calibration unit when being serviced and the serviceman found no problems with the pitch on either deck but upon return I have found that there is still this issue on both decks.
I have a Pioneer DJ mixer with a BPM readout, and when looking at this there is a slight fluctuation in speed on both decks, nothing massive but enough to support my initial theory, even when at 0.
You have to understand any sort of calibration meter will only tell you if the pitch control is faulty - or excessively too fast/too slow. If your units are just 'off' then that is a matter of a simple calibration of your pitch controls back to original factory specs. Also, just so you know, the pitch controls on the 1200s are not really calibrated when they leave the factory. They are basically installed, set a default setting, then shipped off. So, you'll often times have 2 turntables with sequential serial numbers, but they are both off.
Here is a tutorial on calibrating your unit back to original factory settings: TECHNICS SL1200MK2 / SL1210MK2 TURNTABLE PITCH CALIBRATION
You can also print this out and give it to the technician who serviced your units. Also ask him what kind of calibration meter, or unit did he use to test? Just curios.
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Posted on Dec 03, 2007
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