Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

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Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by alecm33 » 15 Nov 2019 05:41

Folks-

I placed this post in the TECHNICS section. I'm placing it here too because I'm not sure the best place for it :D

I received a 1200 mk2 that has a broken tonearm pipe/tube. I believe that is the only problem, although I'll need to inspect a little closer. I realize that one option is to purchase a direct replacement. But I'm wondering whether that is a good idea or whether I should change it out to another brand of tonearm? I know that there are many $$ options, but I prefer not to drop a ton of money. I would like to get it back to what it was. Any suggestions?

THANKS!

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by audiopile » 15 Nov 2019 06:07

I have run REga RB-250 , a SME IV (requires a bit of fiddlin around to work with a Ortofon Quintet) and a SME series 3 -on one of mine. Finding SL-1200 Mk whatever with b&*%^$d arms is not a challenge. But in the end -I find myself very impressed with the stock arms -although the price keeps going up - repair agencies must have really stocked up on these -the replacement arms keep popping up on dabay -if you can solder -they really are a drop in replacement. They work very well-sound as good as anything you can find for at least four times the price (maybe more?) and offer a level of easy set up and use that is embarrassingly non-fiddly. What to do with the hair shirt ?

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by alecm33 » 17 Nov 2019 23:02

Audiophile, that's for your input. I'll have a look for a Technics replacement arm..

Thanks again!

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by chgc » 18 Nov 2019 01:31

Replacing just the tube could be a less expensive alternative to replacing the whole tonearm. Obviously not a good solution if the bearings are no good or there's something else wrong beside the tube.

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by rewfew » 18 Nov 2019 17:34

Quick look showed ebay tonearm tube availability. Not cheap, of course. But 50 bucks of so.

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by alecm33 » 22 Nov 2019 07:35

Thanks all. I'll have a look at the replacement tube. Appreciate the guidance.

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by cafe latte » 22 Nov 2019 09:25

If tube is damaged bearings will be smashed to bits too.
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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by lazycat » 22 Nov 2019 18:28

I've run a Rega RB300 and I'm now using a Roksan Tabriz.

The Tabriz is good enough for me, it's a very decent improvement on the Rega. Which was an improvement on the stock arm. imo

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by audiopile » 23 Nov 2019 00:14

I agree with the coffee drinker :-) -odds are that any blow/bash/crash that can bend the arm tube will have made the bearings way short of low friction. The other point is that while a complete arm is drop in replaceable -getting correct tube to yoke alignment is something I've never attempted and is critical. The factory can crank these out because they will have jigs /fixtures that make it both easy , accurate and quick.

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by chgc » 23 Nov 2019 01:37

I also agree that whatever damaged the tube probably damaged the bearings, but it is possible to check if the bearings are at least adequate— as good as those on a great many other used decks. Basically, if there is any play or if the tonearm does not move with very near zero friction through its range of motion, there’s a problem.

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Re: Technics 1200 Mk2 Tonearm Replacement

Post by chgc » 23 Nov 2019 04:36

And regarding tube alignment, if the cart azimuth is ok then there’s no problem. If the azimuth isn’t right, readjust the tube until it is.

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