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Dual 1229 Reviews

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Dual 1229

Dual 1229

10/10 by djohnfot

Quite simply one of the very best automatic turntables of all time. One that's properly maintained (mainly kept clean and correctly lubricated) has creamy smooth operation, totally inaudible rumble, and rock steady speed. Its tonearm is low-medium mass and will track flawlessly at 1/2 gram if your cartridge will allow. I've been using a DUAL since 1973 and see no reason to change.

10/10 by BoblK

Purchased a new Dual 1229 turntable in the summer of 1973. I used it until the late 1980's. When CD's became popular I ended up storing it in a heated basement. 20 years later I pulled it back into service as CD's just didn't have the musical sound I was searching for. I used it for about a year and then I needed to replace some worn out components which are all available yet today. The Steuerpimple, the single/multi lift ring and the anti-skating cam. I replaced the cartridge with a 2M Ortofon Blue. The turntable look and sounds like new again. I love the automatic capability even though I only play single albums. The convenience just makes it more enjoyable to listen to vinyl again along with the fact that the dynamic range for vinyl is so much better than a CD there is no comparison. The fact that this thing is approaching 45 years old and works as well as it does is just a testament to the quality of the design and manufacturing of the old Dual brand. I use it almost every day now any really enjoy listening to it again.

10/10 by lucllucl

My father bought a Dual 1229 in 1973 and i used it for all my musical education during 15 years with also many dancing night djeeing with it. And after, I moved to CDs but still using ofte many turntable as DJs. And now I'm back on my 1229 just repaired, I've just change the cartridge as my brother lost the initial one searching for a stylus (so stupid) and now I've find an old sister to my cartridge the Shure DM 103M-E. And it's just perfect as it was before. This turntable is a tank for sure and an angel for sound and music. My favorite for ever ....

10/10 by TennesseeCherokee

I bought my 1229 in 1974 & it has been in continuous operation for 43 years. I'm on my 3rd cartridge, a Shure M97xe & must say it's a phenomenal cartridge. This old Dual has never failed me. I clean the cam and re-lubricate it every 5 years or so.
When I say continuous use, that is no exaggeration....I enjoy listening to my LP's on it daily.

9/10 by fj2525vl

A great classic tt build like a tank but sound like an angel a safe option for vintage turntables for a very low price comparing quality satisfaction.

10/10 by maggie93

I bought a Dual 1229 back in 1974 - cost = 199.95 - dust cover = $30 - walnut base = $30 - Shure V15 Type 3 Improved = $69.95
That adds up to $329.90 and in 1974 was a lot for me.
But regardless, I enjoyed the best equipment that could spin a record, and loved every groove that I listened to.
Long gone - robbed from my apartment in the 1980's, along with a 1219, missed, but replaced by a Kenwood TT.
But I've got a pristine, yes flawless 1215 sitting in my basement that also does justice to records today.

10/10 by rb7399

Dual 1229,

I had one long ago, yes I am old. Cost me 270 dollars at the PX in Stuttgart Germnay. I sold it later and didn't play records at all until approx 2000.

I have many TT's now, VPI Aries II, 2 Thoren;s TD 124's, 1 Lenco L75 PTP, and the 1229. In passing Dual Golden 1, Thorens TD 320 MKIII. I built a custom stand with a 2 inch solid oak top shelf weighing in at 300+ lbs sitting on a concrete floor.

I have many cartridges. My favorite one for my TD 124 with SME M2-9 arm is the Audio Technica MLX150 (cast iron platter). My VPi is the Grad ref Ref 1.5mv with top of the line Soundsmith retip.

I bought the dual 1229 2 plus years ago on ebay, nice plinth. Sent it to fixmydual.com for an overhaul plus new interconnects to bypass the RCA outputs. Installed a new cartridge mount with the recommended the Shure M97XE. Bill knows Dual's.

Played it every once in a while comparing it to my other tables. It was good but lacked detail. Finally I took it out again this year to play and was tinkering with it. I noticed when I pushed on the record in the middle it was completely floating / dangling off the outside support ring.
I took a small level and the record tilted to the middle a half a bubble. That gives you a horrible Azimuth angle to the record, secondly the record is just hanging in the air.

Using a straight edge. The outside support ring is 2.5 mm higher than the inside platter ring. The second ring is 1 mm or so higher that the inside ring. Result, a 12 inch record rides on the outside ring only.

I build furniture for a hobby, so I have degree of skill finishing things. I built a jig to hold the platter with mat solidly on my workbench and began the process of leveling the mat. I sanded the 2 outside rings flush with the inside ring. Final finish with 1600 sandpaper. The 2 outside rings were sanded level with the inside support ring. Now the mat is dead flat. I than treated the platter mat with Meguiar's Rubber conditioner 3 times. it took 2.5 hours to do this.

The arm rides high in the rear now, so I ordered two 1.5mm delrin spaces to level it, not yet installed.

This is now a great turntable rivaling my other decks with just a M97XE. Detail abound, solid bass. It plays great music. I am astonished at the transformation, but yet it makes sense. The record must be solidly coupled to the platter to product accurate music. And it stops playing at the end of the record.

6/10 by shamck


10/10 by DSJR

A wonderful, WONDERFUL old turntable this one. Idler drive at its best and a superb tonearm with the benefit of an extremely gentle auto mechanism, which has no effects on a 1g tracking cartridge!

HOWEVER, these decks are over 40 years old now, grease dries out and there's a time-bomb linked to the variable arm-height adjustment mechanism, where a rubbery sleeve hardens up and forcing the control breaks two 'ears' on part of the under-arm linkage mechanism. Hopefully, there's someone re-manufacturing this broken part now (applies to 2129/1229/1229Q and I believe the 1249), but an almost total strip-down will be needed to fix it (all info on the excellent 'Dual' forum 'room.'

Get a good one of these (and it's close 12-inch platter relatives as well as previous 1019), service and properly set it up, and you have a truly endearing record player of excellent sound quality and charm by the bucket-load :)

9/10 by Pedja

I had my share of turntables and I have to admit that 1229 (and 701) is by far my favorite. I do occasionally use a bit more exotic all manual turntable that looks more hi-fi, but 1229 is almost every day in operation and never did it fail! Sonicaly or otherwise. Mine is in Wega 3420 plinth and it stands out.

7/10 by anmpr1

My 1229 history goes back to my school days, about 1970. A friend's old man had a 1219. I remember going to his house and admiring the deck. The old man would have killed us (I believe it) if we had ever touched his Dual. He would have had less problem if he'd found us in a compromising situation with his wife, than fooling around with his Dual.

A few years later I was able to afford a 1229. Mine had a neat little flip-down door in the front of the base where you could keep a stacking spindle, and other items. But I never really cared for the Dual, although I can't say exactly why. I think the entire changer scene seemed a bit too complicated and unecessary for me to appreciate. Shortly afterwards, I purchased early Technics DD decks, and they did the trick for me. On the other hand, I always liked the 701 (which I never had a chance to own), and the 704/721 (which I did).

9/10 by maspadaro

Great table, sturdy like a tank and has all the things you need in a TT. Automation, size/speed selector, a true workhorse.

10/10 by juanbaudelaire26

My favorite tt by far. Ive pieced this baby back into a c 10 plinth with the 12 inch changer spindle and a stanton 680 ee.

9/10 by jskunz

If you take a little time using two small metric scales and a strong lighted magnifier to see if the overhang and angle adjustments are accurate, and a test record to check anti-skate and tracking force, then you'll have one awesome sounding turntable. I've had good results using 1 to 1.25 grams tracking force, even with bass drum playback. Great turntable if you're using a tall cartridge as one of the Stanton 680 series, or the Shure M44 types because you can raise the tonearm height.


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