Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Pjblakey » 04 Jan 2019 11:42

WUASTR....very nice solution to the hinged cover.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by jdhorn1 » 07 Jan 2019 02:02

I've had 4-5 1249 Duals over the years, always managed to let them slip through my fingers. Got one will be here Tuesday I got from a fellow on AudioKarma. Plan to hang on to this one.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by WUASTR » 25 Jan 2019 19:13

Thanks all. Still working on it.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Pjblakey » 04 Feb 2019 22:17

Just working on an oak plinth with a walnut inlay on all four sides. To accommodate the dust cover, I cut a slot along the rear piece about 3/16” wide x 5/8” deep.
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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Tinkaroo » 04 Feb 2019 23:58

Your plinth looks beautiful!

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Pjblakey » 05 Feb 2019 00:28

Thanks! It’s still a work in progress.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by T68 » 05 Feb 2019 05:53

Beautiful work there, Pjblakey =D> !

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Pjblakey » 21 Feb 2019 12:50

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Thanks. I have an extra one if anyone has a turntable that needs one.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by 2002afan » 23 Feb 2019 18:06

Pjblakey wrote:
04 Feb 2019 22:17
Just working on an oak plinth with a walnut inlay on all four sides. To accommodate the dust cover, I cut a slot along the rear piece about 3/16” wide x 5/8” deep.
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Nice work. =D>
Cheers,
WillO

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Pjblakey » 02 May 2019 16:25

I recently purchased a Denon 103, my first mc cartridge and replaced the Nagaoka MP110 on my Ariston tt fitted with a Jelco tonearm. Pretty much a wash.
Just for kicks I then put the 103 on my fully restored Dual 1249, thinking that the tonearm might be a mismatch, from everything I have read online. Boy, was I wrong! Far superior to the Ariston/Jelco.
Clarity in spades, much reduced surface noise and really toe-tapping musicality.
VTA was a little steep, so I placed a second mat on the table. No difference to my aging ears.
I’m waiting for the arrival of the new Audio Technica LP7, but it’s gonna have to be darn good to beat the sound I am getting from the 1249.
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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by DavidKotzebue » 23 Jan 2020 05:35

I know this is an old thread - but nice job on the plinth. I always wanted to build a custom base since I bought my 1249 in 1977. Never got around to it. Underrated turntable in my opinion. I've always like the aesthetics. Recently cleaned up mine and replaced the Shure stylus. As good as new...
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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Tinkaroo » 23 Jan 2020 10:39

DavidKotzebue wrote:
23 Jan 2020 05:35
I know this is an old thread - but nice job on the plinth. I always wanted to build a custom base since I bought my 1249 in 1977. Never got around to it. Underrated turntable in my opinion. I've always like the aesthetics. Recently cleaned up mine and replaced the Shure stylus. As good as new...
That is a beautiful looking 1249 David! 8)

I agree with you on the aesthetics. It has some of the nicest styling touches of any of the Duals.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by DavidKotzebue » 24 Jan 2020 01:27

Thanks for the comment. I noticed that you had problems with the 840 motor. Mine was replaced under warranty within 6 months of my purchase. I remember being a little bummed that I was having problems with a new, and for me anyway, expensive machine. But, all was fixed with the 860 motor and I haven't had a problem since.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by Tinkaroo » 24 Jan 2020 09:32

DavidKotzebue wrote:
24 Jan 2020 01:27
Thanks for the comment. I noticed that you had problems with the 840 motor. Mine was replaced under warranty within 6 months of my purchase. I remember being a little bummed that I was having problems with a new, and for me anyway, expensive machine. But, all was fixed with the 860 motor and I haven't had a problem since.
That was great that they replaced the motor for you. You've had your 1249 for 43-44 years now which isn't too shabby! 8)

Apparently it was just an issue on North American current and not in Europe and the design and testing was all done in Europe.

Klaus and his team of elves are current(ly) working on a miniaturized circuit board solution to the speed issue which will also help owners of other Dual belt drives from that era with the 840 motor such as the 502 for instance that didn't get motors upgraded in the past.. Hip,hip hooray!=D>

I may have mentioned this before but the 1249 was a special model to mark the 75th anniversary of Dual and so it was given the best of what Dual had at the time and some unique styling touches.
The last digit 9 was reserved for the best models such as the 1009,1019,1219,1229 and the successor to the 1219/1229 which was the 1249. It has the same high quality tonearm and changer ability of the 1219/1229 plus it's own unique styling. It really stands out in the Dual line up.

You can't find anything made today that can do all that these Duals can, such as being fully automatic and act as a changer too. The fact they have lasted so long and continue to with a bit of minor maintenance is their legacy. To buy something of equivalent quality today would probably run into the $1500-$2500 range.

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Re: Dual 1249 Appreciation Thread

Post by DavidKotzebue » 23 Feb 2020 06:54

I only used the changer function a few times. Mainly, at college parties. I never throw things away - I wonder where that changer spindle is? For that matter, where did I put the 45 adapter and cartridge alignment jig? I do have the original owners manual and template for installing in cabinetry.

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