Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by dB12 » 02 Aug 2018 16:07

Still have the SL-1900 I bought new about 41 years ago. Only thing wrong is no fluid in the tonearm lift, and a broken tonearm rest. It was in continuous use up until I got an SL-1100a about 3 years ago.

It was/is one tough old turntable.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by vinyl master » 03 Aug 2018 01:43

Great stories and recollections, guys! :D Whether you've been at this awhile or are a newbie just buying your first Technics, there is much to love about the brand...They just take a licking and keep on ticking, don't they??? :-k

Anyway, keep it up!! I wanna hear more!! =D>

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by vinyl master » 03 Aug 2018 01:48

Tonybro wrote:Here you go, VM, you've seen 'Blooey' before but had to remind you...It can be done...
I have seen "Blooey" before, Tony, and that one is ONE SPECIAL TURNTABLE! :D I've never seen one come out quite as nice as that, either...I've some awful lime- or puke-green half-ass paint jobs, but that one came out beautifully! I know you're gonna be playing records on her for a long, long time, too! =D>

By the way, if any of the rest of you have painted their Technics an unusual paint color, added glitter sparkles, covered it in graffiti, stickered up the dust cover, plastered on some veneer or done a crazy modification, I wanna see it! The more unusual, the better! 8)

I like to keep my turntables "au naturel" as much as possible, but I think the mods show a lot of individualism and really tell a story, too! Also, I can appreciate how others have done things...It's good to get new ideas once in a while, too...Seeing others' creativity can help one's own creative juices, if you know what I mean... :wink:

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by vinyl master » 03 Aug 2018 01:57

Oh, and if any of you guys have some good tips/advice regarding Technics maintenance, modifications and/or general use, by all means, share those, too! =D>

Feel free to share anything you think might be useful for all the other Techie lovers (like myself) out there! :)

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by Allyn » 04 Aug 2018 18:33

Over the years I’ve had a few: SL-1300, SL-1700 and currently SL-1210MKII, SL-10x2 and J-33.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by Pryso » 04 Aug 2018 21:59

OK a tip, even though many may know it already. KAB stocks the Technics spindle bearing oil used in everything from the SL1200 series up to the SP-10 Mk 2 and possibly 3. Its 6 bucks!

Also, isn't that restored table a Bluey rather than a Blooey? Blooey is the sound things make when they're blown up. ;^)

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by Roberto C2H3 » 04 Aug 2018 23:40

SL 1400 MK2 (pictured in my avatar) and an SL-D3. The SL 1400 MK2 with an AT-150 MLX, and the SL-D3 with a conical for when the "juke box sound mood" strikes me (which is often these days :lol: )

No need for any other TTs as far as I'm concerned 8)

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by vinyl master » 05 Aug 2018 06:41

Pryso wrote:OK a tip, even though many may know it already. KAB stocks the Technics spindle bearing oil used in everything from the SL1200 series up to the SP-10 Mk 2 and possibly 3. Its 6 bucks!

Also, isn't that restored table a Bluey rather than a Blooey? Blooey is the sound things make when they're blown up. ;^)
Yes, everyone should know about the KAB oil...I've got mine! :) Oh, and it'll only blow up if it has the words KA- before the BLOOEY! :wink:

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by eddie edirol » 05 Aug 2018 07:04

dB12 wrote:Still have the SL-1900 I bought new about 41 years ago. Only thing wrong is no fluid in the tonearm lift, and a broken tonearm rest. It was in continuous use up until I got an SL-1100a about 3 years ago.

It was/is one tough old turntable.
If you live anywhere near Brampton Ontario I could fix that tone arm lift on my way to the dodge assembly line.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by toaster999 » 05 Aug 2018 15:13

love my SL-7 with a Ortofon OM40. Sounds fab, reliable, needs no adjusting and its small size suits my Linn system.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by dB12 » 05 Aug 2018 20:20

eddie edirol wrote:
dB12 wrote:Still have the SL-1900 I bought new about 41 years ago. Only thing wrong is no fluid in the tonearm lift, and a broken tonearm rest. It was in continuous use up until I got an SL-1100a about 3 years ago.

It was/is one tough old turntable.
If you live anywhere near Brampton Ontario I could fix that tone arm lift on my way to the dodge assembly line.

I'm about 1100 miles east of Brampton Ontario... but thanks. I do plan to get it back in operational condition at some point though.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by beeroscar » 06 Aug 2018 12:11

I'm a fan of Technics and their DD tables. Here is mine.
SL-1410 MKII. Bought it cheap because the owner said the pitch was broken. The + pitch button was stuck, so a little contact spray and it was good to go. The tonearm lifter was not functioning, but I fixed it thanks to another threat in here. Love the sound and the looks of this table. Very heavy and solid built too.
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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by Tankist42 » 06 Aug 2018 15:27

42180
While not up to snuff compared to some others here, this is my direct drive Technics SL-D30.
I actually have 2, one of which works but is missing bits and bobs (original mat, auto sensors in the platters, etc.).
Low end of the spectrum but it works well until I can upgrade, in which case it is not going anywhere other than maybe couple of feet over on the shelf!

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by Tonybro » 06 Aug 2018 16:27

Nothing wrong with the D30, Tankist42... :)

Does it hold a true speed - check
Does it extract information from the groove - check
Does it sound good - check

Checks all the boxes then! :D

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Re: Technics Direct Drive Appreciation Thread

Post by Tankist42 » 06 Aug 2018 19:44

I plan to upgrade to a table with a standard mount but my D 30 is staying in the system when I do. Sounds good to me and I love the automatic operation.