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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Here's some information for you. Since your unit is a SL1210MK2, it may be harder to determine the age of the unit:
It is possible to tell the year (and the month) when the SL-1200 was manufactured from the serial number on the back or bottom of the turntable. SL-1200 serial numbers are in two different formats, depending on the date of manufacture. It isn't exactly possible to determine the decade in which the SL-1200 in question was manufactured, as the serial number contains only the last digit of the year. If the year digit is 8, the turntable may have been manufactured in 1978, 1988 or 1998. If the year digit is 0, the turntable may have been manufactured in 1980, 1990 or 2000. One rule of thumb is that old-format serial numbers belong to SL-1200s manufactured during the 1970s and 1980s, while new-format serial numbers belong to SL-1200s manufactured during the 1990s and beyond.
Old-format serial number: NHOJF20765 (SL-1200 manufactured 1982)
The first digit shows the year when the SL-1200 was manufactured. These serial numbers contain no indication of the month of manufacture. It should be noted that serial numbers in this format contain no letters following digits.
New-format serial number: GE4FB001154 (SL-1200 manufactured June 2004)
The first digit shows the year when the SL-1200 was manufactured, while the month of manufacture is indicated by the letter following it. Months are coded as letters between A and L inclusive; A indicates January, B indicates February, and so on.
In addition to the above, all the SL-1200MK2s from the 70's and early 80's have a 4 inch diameter plate where the RCA and ground wires enter the chassis in the rubber base of the unit. The later models have a smaller hole through which the wires enter the unit.
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Posted on Apr 10, 2008
SOURCE: Only one channel plays.
If you disconect the wires to the cartridge and with deck plugged in to the amp and switched on, you can touch the ends of the wires with your finger. Though there are four wires, only two should produce a buzz, one in the left, one in the right speakers. If you get a buzz in each channel, the rest of the unit is working fine and you have a faulty cartridge or a poor connection to it. If one channel remains dead, then you have a problem in the wires to your amp or an internal fault inside the deck. If internal I suggest you remove the bottom of the turntable and have a look around.
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
That turntable, like many others, has an S-shaped tonearm with a removeable headshell. You can use any standard screw-mount cartridge as a replacement. Which one you buy depends on what you want to spend and your intended use. If you're a DJ you'll need a more rugged cartridge than you do for listening at home, for instance.
One company I buy lots of parts from is Parts Express. Here's a link to their styli/cartridges pages. If you have the original cartridge and stylus, you can check if they have the exact replacement. Otherwise you can browse the other choices. You can find many other sources as well, and you may have an audio shop or musician's store in your area who stock cartridges.
Posted on Jan 02, 2011
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