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I've got to be honest...(in response to your question)

..I've never cleaned the pitch controls before...What is recommended? I work at a radio station and our engineers seem up to the task of helping me clean/replace the pitches...do u think i should stick with a 1200 pro though? I mean, these are well-rounded and knowledgeable engineers, just without technic-specific experience. How often and how (process) need they be cleaned?

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The need to be cleaned as much as you play them. If you play them on a daily basis, I would suggest cleaning the pitch faders at least once a month. Also, the studio environment is also a factor. Is it a dusty place, or relatively clean?

You can clean the faders out with an air can, and some Deoxit or other contact cleaner. DO NOT USE RUBBING ALCOHOL.

There are 2 was to clean, blow the air can inside the fader, removing any debris, then spraying your contact cleaner, then spray air again.

Or, you can take the turntable apart, take the pitch control apart, and clean the contact fader inside. Desoldering is required for this. But it's a more thorough cleaning.

Helpful tips can be found here: www.djproaudio.com/Help

Or, you can just buy a new fader, and install <-- easiest method!

- OPTiC
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www.1200s.com
www.repairnyc.com

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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.

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