Question about Technics SL-1200M3D Turntable
Two Issues: 1) The firsdt turntable produces no sound from left channel, I've checked all connections and switch needles around and it must be the table. Is this my tonearm going out? 2) On the other table the tone arm pulls down and right. It has never done this before. Any help would be greatly appreciated Cheers, Loops
Personally it\'s kind of funny that the peoples whicht say that you can\'t do it yourself are often peoples which make money by upgrading, fixing 1200\'s. While moest oem\'s comes with some movement and like i allways say: having the right tools, which are more expensive then the arm i have to say and it\'s easy. The mechanism is used in 10.000\'s products.. a pin and a bearing. Only using the right amount of torque and every idiot can do it.But most peoples just don\'t read how a turntable works, and two guys on youtube make a lot of video\'s , just turn the turntable upsidedown , with the townarm on a pillow-->idiot and then he makes some movies how to ground it and take apart the tone-arm and pivot and if you do it that way, your tone-arm is lost. It\'s funny to see how he does even the tonearm with a 2 dollar, all in one thing and at a moment he screws the vertical tone-arm screw tight and then just a bit less tight, while the technics bearings ain\'t high quality bearings, so in fact is that tone-arm quite dead. My opinion: when you buy a second one , buy the tonearm for 90 dollars, buy a piece of deskadel tonearm wire from 60 cm, use two cinch ouputs at the bottonplate and rewire from sme-connector to rca-output(normal brand 40 dollars/2) and offcourse put the high adjustment etc in new oil/grease . Then you don\'t need to screw at the ballbearingsites, just remove the sme-adapter and pull the new cable through( pain ).
Resolder the shitty standard wire and offcourse remove the pcb which connect the tone-armwire , to the rca-cable coming out of your gear and throw it away. Be gentje when soldering, first rub it up a bit with fine sandpaper, take shrinkplastic over every lead, a small piece and solder it fast and good. If your too slow, the plastic melts. That whily a put a cartdrigde in in, so the connectors have more space, but don\'t overheat. And you alleays can buy a new sme mount incl again the technics cables for 16 dollars.
But watch the youtube video\'s, only THINK
Posted on Jul 22, 2014
1) This turntable either has bad RCA cables or a faulty tonearm - in either case, none are easy fixes. FYI, If you use Ortofon Concorde series, they are notorious for causing faulty connections with your tonearm, and eventually deteriorate your tonearm over time. So you might want to think about changing them if you get a new tonearm put on. If you use the Technics headshell, you are fine. 2) This turntable definitely needs to have the tonearm replaced. Once the arm comes loose from it's bearings, it's next to impossible to get it back to factory specs, and you will have skipping issues. Both will require professional servicing. Check out www.1200s.com if your in the NYC area.
Posted on Sep 23, 2007
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