My TT is brand new from the Aus distributor is is not knock off. The TT is well made as it should be and I have said before that a friend in Sidney had a sl1200, which he uses for DJ with similar value leads so it is not just mine. Also some of the cheapest free leads I have that came free with stuff of similar length measure half the capacitance, so what is strange is they seems high capacitance is on purpose. The stock leads are well made and very neatly fitted and the conductors are reasonably thick. The thick conductors do not point towards high capacitance, and yet on three meters it is 300pf's both on red and white. Both leads have a very low resistance, there are no shorts I have tested them in every way I can think and it is only a high capacitance issue, but so high it is like there is a capacitor in the plug or something. Now with new wires on it sounds great, but how wide spread is the problem is it all sl1210's that are new, a small batch, or after a certain date?? This is why I am asking people to check the capacitance of the leads. I have written an email to Panasonic asking this simple question with all my details of sale ect and they replied offering me to BUY a service manual!!!!!!! I have written back in simple English explaining this is a spec issue and they should supply this info. I am not holding my breath..
If my TT has this capacitance leads and my friend in Sidney , then my feeling is either most are like this or VERY VERY many. His is 12 months old mine is only 3 or 4 months.