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

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

Post by johnny q » 16 Jan 2016 12:52

So, I understand that one of the primary issues with these linear trackers is that the old lube in the tonearm mechanism dries and gets sticky. My SL-M3 still has the original circa 1984 lube.

Question: What are some signs that the tonearm mechanism is starting to fail and a clean/relube is necessary? Someone looked at my TT last year and told me not to do anything because the lube was still wet. However, I had some speed issues yesterday and I wonder if this is symptom of sticky dried lube - can that cause speed issues?

The other side of the coin.....I may have just been playing some horrifically off centered pressed, newly acquired LPs.

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Post by audiopile » 16 Jan 2016 15:13

Technics really did know what they were about with the spindle bearing on DD tables -not very likely this is a lube issue. OTOH -really offcenter records will drive ya crazy and not too much you can do about this except find a better copy.

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Post by pocketman » 16 Jan 2016 16:12

Over Xmas I went back to Winnipeg to visit family and friends. I ended up getting 80lbs of records from my aunt and a couple of friends. Its been a great couple of weeks as I am going through and playing the collection of new to me vinyl. I ordered a Spin Clean but it hasn't arrived yet so I am cleaning them by hand and putting them into new sleeves once I played them. One thing I have noticed. I have been needing to clean the needle regularly and the Pmount allows me to remove the cartridge and look at it under a microscope as I clean it.

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Post by ren2112 » 16 Jan 2016 19:55

Mmmmm 80lbs of records......chew on them slowly.....delicious!!! I picked up some Beatles repressing grooving to the tunes

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Post by johnny q » 21 Jan 2016 19:08

audiopile wrote:Technics really did know what they were about with the spindle bearing on DD tables -not very likely this is a lube issue. OTOH -really offcenter records will drive ya crazy and not too much you can do about this except find a better copy.
And that was exactly what my speed issues were! I listened to a new LP, by the time it got to the final track on that side - the band sounded drunk! I grabbed another LP (also new) and it did the same thing, so I immediately assumed a turntable issue. However....both new LPs were off center pressed. Phew.

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Post by audiopile » 22 Jan 2016 19:29

For my sins I once was record retailer and took many, many (to the 10thX power)LP's back as defectives - to some degree this was the foundation of my too large record collection. But off center center holes were a pretty darn rare defect - with today's fresh pressed records it has become sorta common . Weird?

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Post by johnny q » 26 Jan 2016 16:16

audiopile wrote:For my sins I once was record retailer and took many, many (to the 10thX power)LP's back as defectives - to some degree this was the foundation of my too large record collection. But off center center holes were a pretty darn rare defect - with today's fresh pressed records it has become sorta common . Weird?
I agree. Out of the 500 some odd records I purchased from the 70s through the late 80s, I can think of only one that was off center pressed. These days, it seems like every other new vinyl purchase.

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

Post by jewel942 » 29 Jan 2016 17:30

I am looking at an SL-MA1. Any comments or things to look for from current or previous owners? Thanks~

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

Post by pocketman » 30 Jan 2016 01:08

Check the veneer carefully, it gets very fragile and is prone to disintegrating if damaged (speaking from experience). Check that the cue function, and speed for both 45 snd 33; when stop is pressed the platter should stop in a quarter turn. Check for a noisy transformer. Check that the spindle bearing is smooth. I have the M2 and I am very happy with the solid sound it produces. Very under rated decks.
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Re: Official Technics SL-M1, SL-M2, SL-M3 Thread

Post by ren2112 » 30 Jan 2016 01:33

There is a poor M2 on ebay right now....Does it ever need TLC. :(

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Post by pocketman » 30 Jan 2016 03:06

How does someone mistreat their gear that much?

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Post by ren2112 » 31 Jan 2016 21:29

WOW it went for $200 Canadian. hopefully we will see it resurrected.

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Post by pocketman » 01 Feb 2016 02:25

At $100 I could see restoring it but at twice that I could not see it, plus who knows what the electronics were like. I know I paid more, but looking at the condition of mine and the quality of the cartridge I got with it I'm thinking I did OK. By the way does anyone know what font Technics used on their turntables. I will need to redo the labeling if I re-veneer my M2.

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

Post by ren2112 » 09 Feb 2016 13:39

SL-M3 for sale on Canuck Audio, seller is in BC. has a video as well, looks like its in very nice shape.

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

Post by pocketman » 10 Feb 2016 05:15

Nice deck but the wife would kill me if another piece of equipment showed up.

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