Old SL-1200s selling for more than new

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Old SL-1200s selling for more than new

Post by Shadowman82 » 05 Nov 2018 02:01

So this is something I don't get , sometimes you see old SL-1200s ( new or used) selling for more than a new SL-1200 GR or in some cases even the G . Why would anyone want that ? As far as I know both the GR and G models are superior to any of the old SL-1200s or at the very least equal .

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Post by analogaudio » 05 Nov 2018 02:02

Not everything is rational!

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Post by audiopile » 05 Nov 2018 02:54

Do not confuse a listing for a 1200 of ancient vintage actually SELLING for the asking price. Exception . Actually -if the seller thinks it's rare in some way (and boy does that cover some territory :-) -the asking price will stay up for a impressively -near biblical- length of time. Actually sell for that price ???

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Post by scho2684 » 05 Nov 2018 06:55

Here in NL there is actually a company who restore old 1200's and sell them next to the new ones which they also offer...
And although they have a explanation with the old 1200 that makes perfect sense to me why it cost what it cost, I still don't have no clue how this works...
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Post by lbls1 » 05 Nov 2018 20:10

Yes I've noticed this myself. Fair to good units have sold for $600 US used. They are incredible crafts that sometimes don't get the respect that they deserve. The 1200s are well made, extremely durable and have been around quite awhile. I've listened and used a 1200 for quite a few years, and now I have "acquired" this same unit for my system. If you can get a good deal on one, definitely pick up a 1200.

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Post by Shadowman82 » 06 Nov 2018 00:24

Yes if you can get a used one in good condition for less than the new ones by all means pick it up , but as I said even the GR model is equal or superior to any of the old ones so to pay more than the GR costs for an old one is stupid . I paid $800 Canadian for my used M3D , good deal considering the GR is $2500 Canadian .

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Post by lbls1 » 06 Nov 2018 02:50

Try to get a bargain on a 1200; Common sense tells one that if a used one costs as much as new, that a new version might be a better buy. To veer slightly off the topic, the 1200s were well vaulted in their reputation that it spurned several "knockoff" versions. The knockoffs, while themselves look competent, haven't had the sterling reviews of the technics. A few people may have bought the knock offs since technics ceased turntable production several years ago; However there are quite a few models on the market that are in good condition, that would make great turntable purchases.

Not to take away from technics, if one is still finding ridiculous prices for their best turntables, I'd shop around for equally good TT brands. There are still bargains to be had for dilligent buyers.

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Post by AsOriginallyRecorded » 06 Nov 2018 03:22

I think this can be simply explained by relating to similar collectables in other hobbies. Imagine, if you will, a 63 Corvette Stingray split window coupe. Even if a similar copy were available for sale, there is a certain cachet that goes with owning the one, the only, the original. Similarly, it can be argued that in cases such as the SL-1200 series of turntables, they got it right the first time, and everything thereafter is sadly, just a copy. The Holy Grail nature of collectability is not entirely explainable in rational terms, but it is part of the human experience. We are somehow pre-wired or conditioned to look for, then compare to, some iconic high achievement moments and products. The money aspect is certainly confusing, but then again, when you consider the effect of inflation, a fully restored original specimen of possibly the best turntable ever may not be so weird at the prices asked. If you want it, you will justify the price of entry to the game. It is, what it is! 8)

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Post by audiopile » 06 Nov 2018 03:50

So -here's the thing : You want ,need, heck can not live without -a mint perfect - visibly untouched by human hands -SL-1200/10 of whatever Mk ? OK - a few million made over a 30? year period. Technics kept them pretty well supported with parts (Thank God). So someone cleans ,buffs n shines everything in sight -put it on ebay. OK -so Mo's no kill shelter for neglected and abused SL-1200/10's is a bit different - there are a fair number of fully functional (or easily repaired- remember -parts are out there "mostly") really ugly tables out in the world -sell for a whole lot less than the hangar queens on da bay. So -think about this : For about say $500-600-700 800-bucks -a nasty looking but entirely functional SL-1200 can be beat by exactly what new table selling at retail for that kind of price today ? How many techs know how to repair or adjust your bought new at retail alternative turntable ? Parts ?

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Post by Shadowman82 » 09 Nov 2018 01:38

Since the new SL-1200s are very similar I would expect those that were able to fix the old SL-1200s to be able to do the same . Heck I bought my used one from a guy who repairs them and sells parts . But with a new one and the way they are usually built you should not need any repairs for quite a while .

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