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    Record Player buying advice needed.

    I am leaning towards a Technics SL 1400 because there is one for sale close to me for $150. What old Technics players are good and what ones suck? I was told by a vinyl junkie to find an old Technics and replace the cartridge if needed and it will work great. I was pretty shocked to have him tell me that after listening to his $25,000 speakers and $20,000 record player.

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    Those Technics turntables can be very good, if in good condition. The SL 1400 should be direct drive, so there is one thing to check on: cogging. A little is normal, but watch those dots at the edge of the platter. If they dance back and forth too much, it is evidence of excessive cogging, and so, look for another table. I got rid of my beloved SL 1500 for that reason.

    In case you don't know, cogging is the result of motor poles. As the platter turns, it is pushed at some points in its rotation, and coasts at other points. The speed difference between the push and the coast is the cogging. Too much will smear the musical notes.
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    I would not necessarily fault the DD for that. A cap is bound to be involved or even the bearings.
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    ​As I wrote the above post I thought someone would disagree with me.
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    Technics makes a solid TT. I have 2 SL1200 Mk2 and they work reliably and accurately.

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    There are so many under-the-radar turntables, it would make your head spin which ones don't get the notoriety they deserve. I picked up an Hitachi PS-58 turntable, yesterday. Hooked it up today to the big Pioneer SX-1980 receiver. I haven't even bothered upgrading the cartridge, yet. Picked it up for $200. Going through some of the 80's 12" 45s I have.







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    ​The Hitachi turntables are non-cogging. That is what "Uni-Torque" means.
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    Hello BigSky, listen and look for what Laz says on these older Technics, they can be fine and last for years. If you are in no hurry, something may turn up later my friend. Maybe a Thorens??

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    Found a Technics sl 1300 that has motor issues for $50. Not sure how hard or expensive a motor is to put in. I was told to stay away from Thorens and Bang and olfussen. I found a bang and olfussen at pawn shop but I think they wanted a lot of money for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gepetto View Post
    Technics makes a solid TT. I have 2 SL1200 Mk2 and they work reliably and accurately.
    Yep, I use one also w/ a Ortofon MC20 Super II, no complaints whatsoever
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