The is pretty funny on several levels, especially if prices do jump.
Imagine the audiophile who outwardly scathed on the 1200 and bashed it in forums (yet, secretly planned to lay hands on one for a pittance). Ooops, too late now.
Someone once posted that you should look past the 1200's and get "an $1100 turntable", since higher price obviously dictated a better turntable. It's going to be hysterical if the gauging takes the price of the 1200 over $1100. Then what will he say?
DJ's, often the butt of audiophile jokes, will be laughing all the way to the bank as they peruse their waiting lists and sell their tables to prospective buyers.
No, I'm not a "Technics only" guy by far; but, the irony here is too delicious. If they do or already have gone out of production it's near perfect timing. Just in the past few years, folks have been realizing that this table is a pretty darn good buy, upgrades are coming out of everywhere... ooops... discontinued.
Maybe, I just have a twisted sense of humor...