Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Alec124c41 » 30 Dec 2012 18:14

wclements wrote:I have a SL1800 technics turntable, having trouble getting owners manual for this unit can anyone help?
It's here: https://www.vinylengine.com/library/tec ... 1800.shtml
Click on the link, and it will download the PDF file.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by DON73 » 04 Feb 2013 01:50

My preference for the SL1700 is that it's semi-automatic without all the electronic functions of the MKIIs. I have two 1300MK2s and both have been a PITA.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Japi Roelofs » 20 Feb 2013 21:23

As much as I love the MKI series, I don't think the MKII series of the 1600-1700-1800 are of lesser build. They have a lot in common with the SL-1200MKII. The tonearm height adjustment is really nice, and they have a heavier platter and better feet than the MKI series.

There's the dreaded cueing problem with the 1300-1400-1500 MKII series, but I think that was just a design flaw.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by speedle » 04 Mar 2013 17:46

OK, I realize you may "work on them daily", but that really is a crazy over-statement. Given the vast commonality of parts between the 1700mkII and the 1200mkII, it simply can't be that there is such a great disparity in terms of their performance and build quality. Yes, the automation and front panel controls on the 1700mkII certainly open the door to failures at a much greater rate than the 1200, but that's a totally different issue than performance and build quality. Design is NOT build.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Alan P » 08 Mar 2013 13:33

I just recently purchased a SL-1810 (gray), but haven't received it yet. Quick question, are SL-1200-1700 headshells interchangable with the SL-1800/1810? The reason I ask is that I wanted to use my Shure M97xe cartridge/stylus with it. Thanks

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Alec124c41 » 08 Mar 2013 19:04

Alan P wrote:I just recently purchased a SL-1810 (gray), but haven't received it yet. Quick question, are SL-1200-1700 headshells interchangable with the SL-1800/1810? The reason I ask is that I wanted to use my Shure M97xe cartridge/stylus with it. Thanks
No problem. It's a standard headshell.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Alan P » 09 Mar 2013 21:24

Thanks Alec, now my next challenge will be aligning the cartridge. Can't wait!

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by pcxmbfj » 07 Sep 2013 20:05

Excellent summation. Does year made follow closely to the listing?

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by analogaudio » 11 Sep 2013 23:59

for year made check out this page

www.vintagetechnics.co.uk

hit the turntables pic

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by rocknsoul » 08 Mar 2014 23:23

FYI: I don't think the SL-1500 MKII came with an adjustable tonearm - at least not the ones I've seen or the ones in the VE pdfs. But perhaps I'm wrong here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 1341884909

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Japi Roelofs » 09 Mar 2014 15:32

rocknsoul wrote:I don't think the SL-1500 MKII came with an adjustable tonearm
All MK2 models have adjustable tonearm height, however the 1200, 1600, 1700 and 1800 MK2’s have the ‘universal’ type tonearm with a rotating ring at the base, while the 1300, 1400 and 1500 MK2’s have a knob that can be tightenend and loosened to allow up and down movement of the arm.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by rocknsoul » 10 Mar 2014 07:04

Japi Roelofs wrote:
rocknsoul wrote:I don't think the SL-1500 MKII came with an adjustable tonearm
All MK2 models have adjustable tonearm height, however the 1200, 1600, 1700 and 1800 MK2’s have the ‘universal’ type tonearm with a rotating ring at the base, while the 1300, 1400 and 1500 MK2’s have a knob that can be tightenend and loosened to allow up and down movement of the arm.
Thanks, I just saw the manual. I had that function confused with "arm lift height" on my SL-1301 (more on this in a bit), which is now obvious & not the same function. Also, I was in fact looking for the "rotating ring at the base"/

I'm new to Technics, well not exactly. When I was a kid, my dad owned what my brothers and I called the "Spider web" table, which was either the SL-110 or SL1100. I just realized today how spectacular that table is in today's vintage market. We broke it - will never forget that day. My brothers and I were arguing over which record to play next. I wanted Cheap Trick's debut on the platter, brothers, who knows, maybe the Ramones or Heart - it was sometime in the summer of 78. The Old Man replaced it with a Pioneer PL50, which also had rear RCA inputs - this belt-driven table is still running at my cousin's place - he uses it more than his classic Thorens, don't know which one. According to my cousin, a "a great Pioneer table that hangs with the best of them." Btw, on that painful day, I remember my dad saying he'll never buy a direct drive table again, in part because my brothers and I loved that web design and the strobe reflecting off of the really tall platter. We were always too close to the table - according to dad. He's right, I just don't remember it that way :D

With great joy, I just scored a mint condition & rather rare Technics SL-1301 - past Friday. It's been in a box for 30 years, before that it was overstock at an electronics store for close to 5 years. It's in phenomenal shape, certain factory spec clear stickers still on the dust cover - which doesn't have a nick or scratch that I can see. It's simply a wonderful piece work & a little over 20lbs & sounds great, even with an average cartridge (the stylus is slightly bent - Audio Technica Series I, & it was so easy to setup. I can't wait to put a cartridge on it - likely a Denon-110. I live in Minneapolis, a mere 4 miles from the Needle Doctor. I'll be there later today for my new cartridge - can't wait. I have two phono outputs (both with MC-MM capacity) - my other table is an underrated Dual CS-606 with an OMSuper20 - those Ultra Low Mass Arms almost flawlessly track over warps & this OM Super series is really the only great cartridge left for the super low mass arms of the late 70s and much of the 80s. I love the Dual, and will enjoy switching back and forth with the Technics.

I'll get my third and final table this summer, likely one of the classic Thorens. I just missed out on a TD 150 here in town - two minutes late and the buyer got it for 200.00. It was in a fairly good shape.

Thanks for the tip & I'll certainly check in on this forum from time to time.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Japi Roelofs » 10 Mar 2014 10:04

Cheap Trick's first album, one of my favorites!
But choosing between that and the Ramones, tough one...
Was it 'Road to Ruin' or 'Leave Home'? :D
Great albums too BTW.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by rocknsoul » 10 Mar 2014 20:15

Funny you ask, we had all of the above 70s Ramones records, well I actually own them now - still in great shape.

It was "End of the Century" because my brother loved the pop feel from that record - I didn't - I was so young and preferred upbeat Ramones: "one, two, three, four" - ka chang - "no stopping the cretins from hopping." But now I do like that record because it was one of Psycho Spector's latter productions. Funny how you triggered a finer memory here.

I was probably too into Cheap Trick, still love their debut - can still play a mean air guitar to "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" - a stellar, timeless track.

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Re: Technics Direct Drive SL 1100 - 1800 models

Post by Japi Roelofs » 10 Mar 2014 23:54

I recently bought the Cheap Trick 'Complete Epic Albums Collection' CD box set, for a good price. Has some bonus tracks, a.o. 'Look Out' studio version, that's my favorite song at the moment.

I guess this is not for this thread though :D

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