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Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 14:17
by galeau
Wow! Thanks for the info. You've been very helpful.
Now I'm sure I was on the right track on figuring out what I need.

I'll try to get a hold of one so I could try it out soon. The wooden design of the MA1 hits a soft spot in me because my parents are custom furniture makers. We deal a lot with wood.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 14:26
by ren2112
Good Luck, it looks very nice.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 10 Sep 2015 01:36
by djbuie
Any one had a problem with the cue circuit being slow to unmute. I believe that CO8 line from the cpu controls the timing. The arm drops just fine but, Mine is extremely slow to open the relay that controls the output to the amp. In the area of 3 seconds after the button is pushed. There is a relay that control s the muting circuit from the Cart. There is a diode with a 100uf cap which I assume is to snub any EMF from the relay coil. Any one had a problem with this cap giving problems. Before I go opening mine up.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 18:59
by joern
Nice to read this thread of SL-Mx users.

I own all of these turntables, that is SL-M1, 2 and 3 and SL-MA1 (of the latter, both Japanese and international kinds).
They are all set up and ready to use in my living room and office room.

I exchange cartridges once in a while.
The SL-M3 currently runs an EPC-P550, the MA-1 the stock EPC-P33, the SL-M1 and 2 cheaper Ortofon OMP10s.

I have several original NOS P550, 540, 530, 33, 202, 22 in reserve. Not to forget two EPC-P205CMK3 and one EPS-310MC.
As well as other cartridges from other manufacturers: Two Empire 1040LT, several Ortofons OMP 10 to 30, X1 MC and X3 MC.
All p-mount, of course. :)
These should be enough cartridges to enjoy music for a lifetime. :)
However, I'm still looking for an EPC-P100C in nice condition ...

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 16 Sep 2015 11:56
by galeau
@joern: By any chance, is your MA1 the one w/ the replaceable headshell (the one w/ the screw slot on top of its connecting socket)? If yes, does it have a parts number?

I bought an AT-CF3 last week and it might take a while before it arrives from the US. I am living in the Philippines btw. I'm quite excited to test it out hoping it'll fit.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 16:41
by ren2112
bump

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 04:38
by almabes
I picked up an SL-M2 from a seller in California. It's a nice table. Platter is like it came off a lathe. I have a cheap-n-nasty T4P cartridge on there until I can afford a V15VP. Sounds really good though.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 13:13
by ren2112
welcome to the club,Pics when you have a chance. We love SL-M eye candy..... :)

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 19:33
by almabes
Here you go...
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I replaced the cracked original cover with a smoke cover for an SL-1200. No, not original, but fits nicely and can be purchased new without mortgaging body parts. Speed fader needs some deoxit, but that's low on the priority list. I leave it quartz locked 99.99% of the time. I'd really like to put an S arm on it, but this straight T4P arm is pretty darn good. It's nice to not have to tweak to get it working, but I have a bunch of 1/2" carts and headshells that would be nice to run on this table.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 19:40
by ren2112
Excellent pic, enjoy the sound. I'm the original owner of mine and other than a sticky cueing function, it has been rocking for me since the 80's with no maintenance.I hope I didn't just jinx myself.... ;)
I'm a "straight" arm man myself. :) Dual 1019, 1229 and the SL M2. :)

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 20:44
by Electone
I am playing around with cartridge options for my SL-MA1. It came with the Technics P540 and while it seems to be a well respected cart, I find it a little laid back for my liking. I ordered an AT92E and it is very good value for the money. I just ordered the AT102EP series and my understanding is that it may be the most versatile P-mount as you can mount any of the 102 or 120 series stylii to it. I may look into buying an ATN440mla/b for it.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 00:15
by ren2112
I decided to go with the Technics epc-310mc. It sounds a lot better than the Shure 110 I had on it before.

2 SL M models on Canuck Audio

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 14:14
by ren2112
2 SL-M decks have come onto the market on Canuck Audio
1 is an M1 and it looks like its is in need of some love($100)
http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/ ... cartridge/
2nd is an M2 and looks to be very nice($650)
http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/ ... ect-drive/

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 15:10
by almabes
I had a Realistic Shure RXT6 come in on a deck I am restoring. I took the JICO SAS N97xE stylus off the M97xE I was running on my SL-1200, before I repurposed that deck as the house spinner at the record store I run my repair biz out of. I put an M44G on it, which sounds surprisingly decent...However I digress.

The RXT6 with the JICO SAS on the M2 is a great combo. The straight arm on the SL-M2 really gets the best out of any of the P-mounts I've plugged in, from cheap Audio-Technicas to Shures, to A-Ts with a shibata, to a EPC23 with a cheap conical.

Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 04:48
by pocketman
Well I am a new owner of a SL-M2 that I picked up from Canuck Audio Mart. It seems to be a descent sounding deck. It has been a decade since I had a deck and I gave away much of my vinyl. I only had one LP to try it out with when I got home. One problem; I accidentally knocked the corner of it and chipped the veneer. The chip disintegrated so I will not be able to glue it back on. Suggestions?