Technics SL-23

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Technics SL-23

Post by jledwards » 06 Sep 2019 10:13

Picking up this tt today. It has an Empire cart/stylus, can't remember the model number. It will be replacing a AT-LP3 with a AT95EX. I'm using a ART DJ PRE 2 for my preamp. Hopefully the Empire will sound good with that preamp. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by Alec124c41 » 06 Sep 2019 14:51

The SL-23 sounds good.
A drop of sewing machine oil to the motor shaft, under the pulley, and a few to the platter bearing, will keep it going for a few years.
If there are any speed issues, use contact/control cleaner in all switches and controls.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by jdjohn » 06 Sep 2019 15:13

After you get the SL-23 up-and-running, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts about how it compares to the AT-LP3. A lot of people come here to VE wondering about vintage vs new.

That combination of the SL-23 and Art DJPre-II could keep you satisfied a long time...if you let it :) Even if you eventually upgrade further, it would be a good idea to keep both those pieces as backups, or for testing.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by lenjack » 06 Sep 2019 17:40

No more than 2 drops!

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by circularvibes » 06 Sep 2019 17:58

I have an SL-23 sitting around that I finally ordered a belt for with the sale at Turntableneedles.com for Labour Day. I bought it for $10 just when it was abandoned at a thrift store. I bought it for the Shure M91 cartridge. Now it may be a temporary table for the bedroom until I find a person in need. It is a decent reliable table but I have too many including two DD Technics. It is a good starter or even upgrade table. I might be persuaded to offer it to someone in need in the Ottawa area that would pick it up after I put the new belt on it and replace the cartridge.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by nezbleu » 06 Sep 2019 21:03

I had an SL-20 back in the day, similar but a bit cheaper and no pitch control. It also came with an Empire cart, a 2000E3 as I recall. It was very good for the money, despite the silly clip mounting. :)

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by circularvibes » 06 Sep 2019 21:19

I think the clip made attaching the leads much easier. I agree the Empire cartridges sounded very good.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by jledwards » 07 Sep 2019 00:45

Got it up and running. Sounding pretty good. The cart/stylus is a Empire 2000E3. It's been completely overhauled. At $125 I think I did pretty good considering what else is out there new for that price. Like another headshell so I can mount the AT95EX and try that.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by Alec124c41 » 07 Sep 2019 04:40

The SL-23 has one of the least resonant bases ever.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by jledwards » 07 Sep 2019 19:48

I was asked to do a comparison of the newly acquired SL-23 to the AT-LP3. First let me say I'm no tt expert. My tt progression has been AT-LP60 >AT-LP3 >SL-23. All of them bought used.
The SL-23 vs the AT-LP3. First there is a huge difference in build. The 23 is more solid all the way around, the plinth, tonearm, and platter. Queing is nice and smooth. Speed is good and adjustable. The tonearm has tracked well and the auto return works as it should.
The LP-3 well, let me just say it is good table to learn on. The plinth is a plastic shell with a steel plate in the base to give it weight. The tonearm gimble system looks very basic and can only use an angled headshell. The platter is much lighter. Queing drops fast, need to lower myself. Speed is a little fast, adjustable from the bottom of the tt which is a pia. Never had issue with tracking or IGD. Does have built in preamp but, didn't use it because it sounded veiled.
The 23 came with a Empire 2000E3 and I was using a AT95EX on my AT-LP3. Running through a ART DJ Pre ll phono preamp. Both sound pretty good to my ears. Plan on getting another headshell so I can mount the AT95EX.
So, IMO the 23 is much better deck. No buyers remose here.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by lenjack » 07 Sep 2019 19:56

#-o :o :shock: Are you telling me that a 40 year old technics turntable sounds and is built better, and will last longer than an Audio Technica LP3? I am shocked, stunned, flabbergasted, floored, knocked over with a feather. :!: :?

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by jledwards » 07 Sep 2019 20:27

I guess I am......

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by lenjack » 07 Sep 2019 20:34

My comment was in jest. I'm well aware that most, if not all, vintage Technics tables, if well maintained, fit that description.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by jledwards » 07 Sep 2019 20:47

I know it was. The LP-3 was a good starter deck as I learned a lot from it. I got it on the cheap but, would never pay full retail for it.

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Re: Technics SL-23

Post by jdjohn » 08 Sep 2019 01:05

Well done on the comparison =D>

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