I bought my SL-D3 at a resale shop for $7.99, dustcover and all. I took it home and played a record without any trouble at all. It had a Nagatronics intregrated catridge/headshell that was quite worn. I replaced it with an Ortofon Blue mm2. I have had other higher end tables, and this one is no slouch. It is quiet and steady. Sound quality is as good as any mid-line deck out there. Probably would cost about $400-$500 to equal it with a new table. Maybe more. I Would never part with it.
My parents owned this turntable and after many years of use they put it under the house for storage. That was probably a very bad idea for it, but when I asked them if I could fish it out and use it, all it needed was a cartridge and it was good to go despite having been subjected to temperatures it probably shouldn't have been. It still sounds perfectly good and now I have my own stereo with a turntable amp and it is working like it had never been put in storage for all those years! I have had no issues with any part of it aside from having to realign everything, which was expected. The motor is silent and you wouldn't know it's on just from listening to it. The more I have used the table, the more I notice just how darned simple it is to use once you get it going. I would recommend this table for anyone who wants a super reliable machine that has some simple features such as memo repeat and auto cueing, but don't need anything more fancy. I love how it looks. With the sliders and tone adjustment wheel, it manages to look timelessly retro, and I could see it looking good in any room. If you can find one then I'd recommend buying it. You won't be disappointed no matter if you are new to vinyl, or are a vinyl guru. After all, it's all about the music, and this table delivers.
I've had my SL-D3 for about 36 years but not really used it for the past 20 years. However, it has been sat on a shelf in my study for 10 years or so. Tried hooking it up to a Denon AV Receiver but no phono input drat:-( A pre-amp arrived this afternoon. Connected up and bingo. Works a treat, holds speed very well. Yes, one hinge tongue broke, many, many years ago. Easy enough to cope with the lid as it is. Playing Don McLean's American Pie now - it was left on the turntable (naughty). Now here did I put those LPs? I still use the other Technics components a couple of times a year (SL-PG400A and RS-BX404) and the SA-GX100 daily through Mission speakers. All sat above the PC in the study. This kit just runs and runs.
by Mitch Lee
I use mine to transcribe LPs to digital format. Speed is very accurate and steady. With a Shure V15 III it tracks anything that is trackable. I have tried other carts in the D3 and the Shure in other turntables, but this is the best tracking combination I have found for transcribing challenging vinyl! The wave forms are almost alway nice and clean. I tried linear turntables and new state-of-the-art carts but always got more mistracking on loud passages and more skips on damaged LPs. I should add that it sounds great too. Very versatile! Rock and classical, pop vocals and combo jazz, big beats and country fiddles all get just what they need from this relatively inexpensive, solidly built machine. Of course the dust cover and hinges wear out. Fortunately, there are about a thousand less robust Technics models out there that use the same cover and hinges with a different model logo stamped on the top! I've replaced my cover several times from dead TT donors.
Compre del Ãºnico dueÃ±o en 2012 la tengo funcionando todo el dia, solamente estaba cortada y reseca la goma por eso la cambie. Excelente costo/beneficio la parte mecÃ¡nica funciona excelente, pitch, todo en excelente estado de funcionamiento, es realmente un todo terreno de las bandejas. Recomiendo 100por ciento, espero pasÃ¡rsela a mi nieto,jeje.
Excelente bandeja, despues de 30 aÃ±os de uso sigue perfecta como el primer dÃa
Es sin duda una gran tornamesa y mas aÃºn considerando los aÃ±os que han transcurrido desde su manufactura. Me siento muy afortunado al contar con una tornamesa como esta. Gracias al sitio por tan valiosa informaciÃ³n acerca de todos los modelos presentados. Larga vida al vinyl!
My first table was a new SL-D3 in 1978. Though I passed that one to my younger brother in 1995, I have recently bought and sold a few in the last year. These 35 year-old SL-D3s are great turntables, mechanically and electronically.
I typically buy them from their original owners, who often had them stored away for the past 20 or 30 years. Yet you plug these in and away they go, as if they were just made yesterday! They don't miss a beat! I then proceed to play them for 12 to 16 hours a day and there are no issues! Typically I just shoot a little synthetic oil down the spindle and tonearm shaft and that's it. What more can you ask for?
The memo repeat function typically works well and I don't have any issues with it. The rest of the controls slide easily and operate well without issues. The motors are quiet too! What more can you ask for? 35 year-old cars don't perform that well without a restoration!
OK, the dustcovers break because the hinges get worn or stiff. Something has to give, so the plastic tabs that slide into the hinge breaks. What do you expect? I leave the dustcover off when I play mine any way. I did just sell a nice SL-D3 that had a beautiful working pair of hinges and a fabulously nice dustcover. Just sold it though. Shipped it today!
For the amount of money you will have to spend to get a nice SL-D3 (well under $150 US), not sure why anyone would complain about these wonderful vintage Technics! They were and still are great! The sound is as good as the system and cartridge you have behind them!
As successor of my previously bought Technics SL-B202,which had the problem of ticking motor noise,after investigation it seems that this motor was wornout and not available anymore.So bought now a Technics SL-D3 directdrive,bought this for 25 Euro's in a very dirty state,after some heavy cleaning and putting in a new Audio Technica AT-95E element it turns out I have a very fine TT,everything is working fine,steady RPM,cleaned pitch control and oiled the bearings.This TT has a broken tongue of the dustcover too,but this is quite common by Technics...Not a high-end TT off course,but very satisfactory.
Excellent machine that has held up well over time. Would be a 10/10 but it does suffer from the dreaded Technics dust cover issues (broken tongues and wimpy hinges) and the Memo-Repeat can be a bit finicky. But the sound and the ruggedness of the turntable itself are second to none. Great for anyone getting back into vinyl or to have around as a second or backup machine to a higher-end one. Even without quartz control, it is extremely stable and quiet. Good for anyone who lusts after a 1200, but wants automation and can't handle the hairball of a lot of 1200 prices. It can still be found pretty easily and at good prices. Or like I did, I found mine for parts but all it needed was some oil, replacement hinges, and a bath!