For what it's worth, I have a blacktop SL-1200MK2 that's a few years old. I "think" it's a 2002 and was a dj backup unit that didn't get used much if at all. It DID donate some parts to the main unit so.. it's not the purdiest but there's not a scratch in the paint to speak of. the lid is flawed but does it's job.
MY intended use is for simple listening of old records that haven't met their match under a scratcher's evil hand. (Sorry guys, had to say it)
I just hope my unit will outlast me.
There has been some renewed interest in vinyl records and there are
some small firms that are reinventing the vinyl transcriber.
Vinyl "may" make a comeback for the audiophile who appreciates music
from an analog perspective. In which case, while there ARE some exotic tables that can cost a serious fortune to aquire, the vinyl transcriber needs to be manufactured and marketed agressively.
Imagine being able to economically make your own vinyl records - imho, that would be extremely cool. Surely someone can find the right idea and get it together.
It's a real pity that the 1200 is riding off into the sunset. I think it would be wise to set up a SL1200 society that promotes the table and maintains a catalog of critical parts. Parts, are going to go up some day, I am sure.
Any, I am sorry that this product is coming to an end. Wish it weren't so.