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I have a technic sl 1200 m3d with a broken tone arm, which arms are compatible?

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Use the mk-5 , is the same and most peoplescsay the 1210mk2 will fit also , but mk-5 has the same arm 80 euro second hand and leave the origin live for what it is ..... Don't try to rebuild the technics to a real hifi unit.... I can help you by saying what and how to do, but
origin live sucks at this pricepoint and it ain't scratching anymore and the rewire is not cheap, but fun since i use silver and they are against it since only conducts a bit better, but they let you pay amazing prices for copper, only the difference between normal cable is max 1% compared to ofc and the real clean copper doesn't do a thing and is aimed for liquid oxygen containers and embryo's around -200 degrees celsius.....Bye a new mk-5 arm since there's more available and a nice pair of rca cables, no oyaide nonsence, i tried them for the denon distribitor, hear nothing.
Same for the digital one.

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HELLO

Have a look at Originlive on the net. They do an armboard which should fit your turntable easily and enable to put a Rega RB250 or RB300 arm on your machine - it will improve audio quality too!

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