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Technics SL1200 MK II Speed problem

I Have a Technics SL1200 MK II. When I turn it on the red strobe light and the lamp fluxuates. The pitch control is on the zero point. The plater fluxuates with the red strobe light and lamp. Please let me know what I can do. Thank you for your time.

Ps I have all ready changed the An6680 An6675 chip and the F-coil.

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Re: Technics SL1200 MK II Speed problem

This one happend to me!! try taking the plastic cover off, under the platter and removing the screws that hold it on if that cures it its because what you ll find is that the screws just catch the underneath of the platter as it rotates. happy mixing

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Why is my Technics sl1200 mk2 platter movings back and forth when I hold it, light on the switch blinks and the lamp wont completely turn off, platter spins with no pitch control at all, what to do?

There would be no way to service your unit, if you live in remote area. There are too many ICs to just guess at one. Anything from a drive ic to a microprocessor(computer inside your technics). You need to be highly tehnical to repair this. Sorry.

Jun 13, 2014 | Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable

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There is power going through my technics 1210,but the platter & strobe light still will not work

how do you know theres power to the unit if theirs no strobe light pitch adjuster light & the platter doesn't spin?
the power comes in & to the transformer first,then through the strobe switch, the transformer is what blows when you short the target light out.....i've seen this many a time when people try & change the target lights to blue neon.

Mar 04, 2013 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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I own a SL1200 MKII and when the light "turn on" in the pitch control slider (green LED) the speed is not correct (big dots on platter move slightly) .Could you please give me some tips to solve...

Use the slide on the pitch control to move forward or backward until the dots stay steady. If it is a little old the quartz control won't work as well.

May 13, 2011 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

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Issues with turntables picking up speed when trying to time start off. It's hard to match beats when the table does not start on cue or slowly try to catch up to speed. What's wrong with them?

This seems to be a pitch control issue. controller,
replacing \t,could be worn over time,
SL1200 Technics - if you want a solid long lasting excellence of sound reproduction for many years to come,

I had the same pitch control issue,
happened on one of my decks so I replaced the controller and good to go from there,

Another important tip -
never lubricate the controls sliders with any thing apart from the correct greases or oils applied by the manufactuer,most people dont think of the damage caused by the cleaners they use ,some aerosols eat away the fine oil that lubricates the pitch control sliders making them dry and brittle eventually cracking producing odd random performance issues,

hope this helps,cheers Misterdj

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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.

Apr 04, 2009 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

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Pitch and Strobes

There is nothing wrong with your turntables. The Strobe dots are only a guide to give you an idea of the speed your platter is rotating. Nothing more, nothing less. The pitch control decal is not 100% accurate, it is simply a guide to tell you where the 6% position lies, 3.3%, etc.

As long as the quartz lock function works, and the large middle strobes are nice and solid, and do not move, your fine.

You can check out these videos for more insight into these wonderful turntables:

- Optic
Digital Analog Therapy

Sep 19, 2008 | Technics SL-1200MK5 Turntable

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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!


Apr 01, 2008 | Technics SL-1200M3D Turntable

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Frozen out the game.

Do the lamps ( 33/45, strobe, pitch at 0, pop up light ) light up when you turn them on. Was the storage climate controlled?

Keep me posted.

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