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.