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Denon DP-1200 coming out of retirement

Posted: 28 Nov 2019 15:46
by Incipient
So we have a DP-1200 which is coming out of a VERY long retirement. I personally never recall it being used in the last 20 years or so, so no idea how long before that it was last used. It HAS been kept well protected, original arm padded/wrapped.

Currently it's missing a cartridge, so I've done some looking around (mostly here! viewtopic.php?t=22228) and the Grado Blue2 seems to be the best one in my budget. If anyone has a more suitable suggestion for something similar (AU$185/US$125) I'm all ears (I can go a bit higher if there is something remarkable)

I expect there are going to be some issues with this, most likely electrical or mechanical. While I don't yet have a cartridge, I was going to test it for power on and stable rotation at 33/45 while the cartridge is on its way. I was going to, basically, power it on and see how it goes.

I'm sure a person or two have brought a table out of retirement before, and wanted to see if there were any do's and don'ts that i should be aware of.

Cheers for any help
Inci

Re: Denon DP-1200 coming out of retirement

Posted: 29 Nov 2019 12:53
by Legrace
Lovely deck, good luck with the resurrection.

Re: Denon DP-1200 coming out of retirement

Posted: 10 Dec 2019 00:15
by jmcwha
Another cartridge to check out is the Nagaoka MP110. It should be a similar price to the Grado Blue. There are a view reviews on Youtube comparing it favourably to a Grado Blue and Red. I have not hear the Grado but I have a Naga MP110 and I'm quite happy with it.
Good luck with getting the DP-1200 up and running.

Re: Denon DP-1200 coming out of retirement

Posted: 10 Dec 2019 04:47
by Bluesnote
Incipient wrote:
28 Nov 2019 15:46
So we have a DP-1200 which is coming out of a VERY long retirement. I personally never recall it being used in the last 20 years or so, so no idea how long before that it was last used. It HAS been kept well protected, original arm padded/wrapped.

Currently it's missing a cartridge, so I've done some looking around (mostly here! viewtopic.php?t=22228) and the Grado Blue2 seems to be the best one in my budget. If anyone has a more suitable suggestion for something similar (AU$185/US$125) I'm all ears (I can go a bit higher if there is something remarkable)

Cheers for any help
Inci
Nice TT :)

You can still get the original Cartridge DL 103 - a little above your budget but I've seen them not too far off your limit, a nice cart!!

If you have problems (I doubt you will as it was well packed for retirement) there is a fellow in Perth Aus very familiar with the 1200. . . fully booked at the moment but would probably offer advice over the phone :?:
https://liquidaudio.com.au/another-deno ... ed-issues/
https://liquidaudio.com.au/servicing-de ... ble-motor/

Good luck getting it spinning :)

Chris

Re: Denon DP-1200 coming out of retirement

Posted: 11 Dec 2019 15:21
by Incipient
Hey Chris,

Haha thanks for the heads up - I'll look him up if i get stuck!

Will look into the DL 103.

BR

Re: Denon DP-1200 coming out of retirement

Posted: 24 Dec 2019 13:59
by daniele_g
On my DP1200 I use an Audio Technica AT-F7 (MC): it should be in your budget when bought used, and it's... er... I guess you say "bang for the bucks", aint't it ? I really love it.

guess the DL103 may be great too (it's one of my next "targets")

Re: Denon DP-1200 coming out of retirement

Posted: 28 Dec 2019 22:41
by jmcwha
On my DP1200 I use an Audio Technica AT-F7 (MC): it should be in your budget when bought used, and it's... er... I guess you say "bang for the bucks", aint't it ? I really love it.
I also have an AT-F7 cartridge and it is a superb cart for the money. I have mine on a Audio Origami modded RB250 and they are a good match. It will be going on my DP-80 when it finally arrives.