Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by chiz » 30 Jul 2018 23:27

nunya wrote:I have a technics sl-1300.
I bought it at an estate auction and there was no balance counterweight.
I bought one on ebay and it slides on but it does NOT screw on. this is the 3rd weight I bought and they all do the same thing...just slides on and off like a ring too big for your finger!
I am guessing there is something missing from the tonearm that would make the weight SCREW on rather than slide on and off. there is no way to adjust the weight by stopping it at the balance point and setting the correct weight.
Any thoughts whats wrong or maybe a workaround?
I am stumped. anyone that has any technics of this series from sl-1100-1600 should be able to look at theirs and see where the arm has a screw connection of some kind to allow the weight to grab. maybe you can advise.
thanx in advance. :)
I don't know about the SL-1300 specifically but this video shows how it works on the SL-1200MK2, maybe your model is similar?


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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by nunya » 30 Jul 2018 23:44

thanks for the post. I had already seen that video on youtube.
I think that entire mechanism he is talking about is missing from my tonearm.
i put a small screwdriver in the back open hole on my tone arm and pushed it into the open hole on the bottom. there is nothing there at all where that rubber thing etc. is supposed to be.
KINDA WIERD THAT THAT WHOLE INSIDE IS MISSING BUT IT IS.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by nunya » 06 Aug 2018 19:58

does anyone know if the counterweight is interchangeable for all the technics model tonearms...
from
sl 1100-1800?
I see many different ones on ebay and they all look very similar

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by chiz » 06 Aug 2018 22:19

If you compare the service manuals in the library here you can see which models share the same part number:
https://www.vinylengine.com/library/technics.shtml

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by bramvk » 23 Jan 2019 14:12

Hi there, I am in possession of a wonderful pair of SL-1200MK2 : Manual / Quartz locked / pitch fader / stylus illuminator / adjustable arm height. However, I would like to fix and/or upgrade a few things but I am unfortunately denied access to the library. Can someone help me out with the files here?

Best, Bram

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Hannes_Hannes » 23 Mar 2019 22:41

I just discovered there is a really big crack glued together on the bottom base on my SL-1700 mk2. Looks like it has been snapped in two in the past. I don't even know what to think about it, the turntable otherwise works like it should. Interesting though.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by ludolacroix2003 » 24 Mar 2019 08:08

Hi,
First I’m sorry for my bad English because I’m a French amatir.
I baught a SL-1400 and I really enjoy it. The sound is incredible in comparison of my Pioneer PL-512.
I need two things.
First the stop button is broken (the plastic part) and I would like to change it. So where I can find one? I don’t really want to buy another turntable for having parts.
And the second thing is more esoteric. This turntable is functioning very well on a Pioneer Sa-608. But on my kenwood there is one way which is really lower. I don’t have this problem with the Pioneer turntable and both phono entrees are functional.
So I’m waiting for your responses and telling you I’ m really proud to be in this forum.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Issuesman666 » 21 Jun 2019 18:27

I have just scored this beauty for 365 US dollars and local pick up. She is in good shape and all functions and lights work.

It's my first Direct Drive Turntable.
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Sounds great!!

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Tonybro » 21 Jun 2019 22:33

That's a great deck at a great price, Nigel. Good spot.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Issuesman666 » 21 Jun 2019 23:29

Tonybro wrote:
21 Jun 2019 22:33
That's a great deck at a great price, Nigel. Good spot.
Thanks.

As you can see from the photo she needs a good clean up.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by ismerp » 27 Jul 2019 07:27

I have recently acquired a Technics SL 1600 MKii. The turntable hasn't been played in 20 years. The power switch is stuck in the ON position. I tried pushing the button to put it OFF but it doesn't work. Can anyone help?

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by bimmerbob » 09 Aug 2019 16:37

Common problem on this model. The grease/lube on the switch has dried up causing the switch to stick. I was able to free mine up by shooting some contact cleaner/deoxit around the switch and working it. If that doesn't work then you will need to disassemble the TT to clean and re-lube the switch. Also, the grease used on the tone arm assembly dries up as well and should be removed and re-lubed as it will cause the tone arm motor to labor which may cause it to fail over time. Change out the small tone arm belt while you are there. I have had my sl-1600mkii since 1980, it's a wonderful rock solid unit well worth spending a little tlc on.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by chgc » 09 Sep 2019 02:06

Good advice from bb, but taking the SL1600 MK2 apart is not exactly simple. If you just want to use the ON/OFF switch, you might try using adhesive tape to get the switch to pop up, then clean the button with alcohol and put a piece of tape up one side of the button, half way across the top, at which point you can stick about 1/2" of the tape to itself creating a flap, then continue across the top and down the other side. This will enable you to push down on the button and then pull it up.

If you do take the deck apart, clean and relube, take some care to get the button centered in the hole so it doesn't bind.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Hannes_Hannes » 22 Sep 2019 12:25

Hi! What could be wrong with those speed button lights? Some bad soldering? They will light up (or go out) if I move the bottom base. Speed selecting itself works correctly.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Trio KD1033 » 11 Oct 2019 20:31

Hannes_Hannes wrote:
22 Sep 2019 12:25
Hi! What could be wrong with those speed button lights? Some bad soldering? They will light up (or go out) if I move the bottom base. Speed selecting itself works correctly.
I'd be a bit more concerned about how much your platter is rising and falling! It may not be sitting on the centre spindle correctly, sometimes you can get some muck between the spindle and platter hole causing misalignment. Worth checking.

Andy

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