Technics SL-1200GR & SL-1210GR Turntable - £1099 from Sevenoaks Sound & Vision (Save £200)
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Technics SL-1200GR & SL-1210GR Turntable - £1099 from Sevenoaks Sound & Vision (Save £200)

£1,099£1,299 15% Sevenoaks Sound Deals
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Edited by:"Furyous"Found 21st Nov
The SL-1200GR was released earlier this year, several years after ceasing production of the iconic 1200/1210 line. Technics are the only large scale retail manufacturer to develop and manufacture their own Direct Drive turntables. This model is superficially similar (no bad thing) but is a significant development over the Mk5. It's probably the best DD turntable currently in production (short of the SL-1200G, at £3k).

Not a huge reduction, but this is the first advertised discount I've seen against the £1299 RRP.

Price includes delivery or store collection.

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Great post ... Thanks

The Pioneer PLX-500 direct drive is a good cheap alternative. To think the old 1200/1210's were about £250 each 20 years ago.

I've got a couple of 1210s (Mk2) in my loft!

Paid £300 the pair 10 years ago.

Out of interest, what are they worth now then?
Edited by: "CaptainSocks" 21st Nov

you can buy good quality pairs of old models for around £800
Edited by: "sadbuttruee" 21st Nov

Technics are extracting the urine with these; the fans complained loud and long when production ceased, so when they gave in, they decided to milk it for all it was worth; this was an excellent £300 "disco" deck, but no way can it compare to other £1k domestic decks.

This is a thing of beauty

sadbuttruee9 m ago

you can buy good quality pairs of old models for around £800


Wow, have a pair of 1210s bought in the late 90s that have embarrassingly barely been used. May try and flog them on eBay. Is it better to sell them as a pair or individually?

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Gentle_Giant1 h, 1 m ago

Technics are extracting the urine with these; the fans complained loud and …Technics are extracting the urine with these; the fans complained loud and long when production ceased, so when they gave in, they decided to milk it for all it was worth; this was an excellent £300 "disco" deck, but no way can it compare to other £1k domestic decks.



I've owned a Mk2, M3D and a Mk5 model - all of which are essentially identical. As standard, they were very good turntables, but not exceptional. However, with some key upgrades (bearing, arm, mat, feet), they're capable of outperforming much more expensive belt drive designs. And you get all the convenience (and build quality) of the Technics deck. They were never merely a 'disco deck'; the engineering quality and the performance potential was always there.

Yes, the last of the 'old' models retailed for £300-£500. However, the new G and GR series is extensively redeveloped (I have one of these too). The DD motor unit is completely different to the Mk2/Mk5. The chassis has been re-engineered (and is not interchangeable with older units), and the build/finish quality has improved. As I understand it, Technics (Matsushita) also had to build an entirely new manufacturing facility for the new generation of SL1200 series. So there's a significant investment to recoup.

If this was just a cynical marketing exercise to milk fans of the old design, then they could have just re-released the Mk5 with some cosmetic changes and charged £1k. It still would have sold, considering that NOS Mk5 units were selling for £1500+. That isn't what they've done with the GR, and the price is perfectly appropriate for the performance and quality on offer.

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zchari553 m ago

Wow, have a pair of 1210s bought in the late 90s that have embarrassingly …Wow, have a pair of 1210s bought in the late 90s that have embarrassingly barely been used. May try and flog them on eBay. Is it better to sell them as a pair or individually?



It shouldn't make much difference. It might be more convenient to sell the pair, but you might get a bit more selling them separately.

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Rich0692 h, 16 m ago

The Pioneer PLX-500 direct drive is a good cheap alternative. To think the …The Pioneer PLX-500 direct drive is a good cheap alternative. To think the old 1200/1210's were about £250 each 20 years ago.



The Pioneer PLX models aren't manufactured by Pioneer. They're manufactured by Hanpin (http://www.hanpin.com.tw/4_Products_02.html) on behalf of Pioneer. I understand that Hanpin manufacture pretty much all Direct Drive turntables on the market today (Stanton, Numark, Audio Technica, Pioneer) except for Technics. And their DD motor technology isn't nearly as sophisticated as Technics.

So, the Pioneer stuff is OK, but it's not particularly any different to the rest mentioned above.

I had a pair of Technics 1210s around 20 years ago!

I have no use for this but I find it interesting how these types of things go on sale. 15% seems like such a small amount till you look at the price. Had no clue turntables got this expensive.

zchari52 h, 46 m ago

Wow, have a pair of 1210s bought in the late 90s that have embarrassingly …Wow, have a pair of 1210s bought in the late 90s that have embarrassingly barely been used. May try and flog them on eBay. Is it better to sell them as a pair or individually?


I've had mine since new in 99 and put them in storage after moving house with a new baby about 10 years ago. I was always sure I would never sell them but I'm not getting any younger and if I'm realistic with myself I don't think I'll use them again. At the price they're going for now I could be tempted to sell them!

Nice, also have a 1210 from the 90's and use it everyday. Would love to upgrade but these are expexsive.

I've had a pair of Stanton STR8-150s which cost £500 for the pair over 10 years ago and never had a fault with them

juno.co.uk/pro…wcB

I've just dug my old 1210's out of the loft (along with my old vinyl) can anyone recommend a good well priced stylus?

wat3rblitz7 h, 26 m ago

I have no use for this but I find it interesting how these types of things …I have no use for this but I find it interesting how these types of things go on sale. 15% seems like such a small amount till you look at the price. Had no clue turntables got this expensive.



This is cheap compared to what some of the hifi geeks buy - have a look at what manufacturers like Linn charge for theirs, it's crazy (I say that as a Linn owner).

stoneaudio.co.uk/?go…wcB

Still got my 1210 mk2's in mint conditon and use them at home. Never will they be replaced by any other deck. Superb and when I was 19 I had to get a loan for them (£700 a pair) worth more now!!!!

heavygoodz1 h, 14 m ago

I've just dug my old 1210's out of the loft (along with my old vinyl) can …I've just dug my old 1210's out of the loft (along with my old vinyl) can anyone recommend a good well priced stylus?


Yes I assume it has the standard Stanton 500 Cartridge ? If so then you can use any of these

STANTON D500AL, D5107AL, D500AL MKI

I saw Jazzy Jeff do a live DJ set once on the 1210s many years ago.
Very impressive skills
Some of the DMC turntable champs these days are a bit OTT for me

Furyous9 h, 0 m ago

Ahem: https://www.whathifi.com/features/10-worlds-most-expensive-turntables



That last one, I'll have two thanks (I like the colour). Just remember, that was the price when it was new 6 years ago; the electronics only have another 4-5 years before parts will start to fail.
Edited by: "Gentle_Giant" 22nd Nov

If you are after hi fidelity, read something like Electronics for Vinyl first before you part with your hard earned.
Vinyl is severely flawed as a hi-fi medium & very poor value for money compared to for example CD.

CaptainSocks21st Nov

I've got a couple of 1210s (Mk2) in my loft!Paid £300 the pair 10 years …I've got a couple of 1210s (Mk2) in my loft!Paid £300 the pair 10 years ago.Out of interest, what are they worth now then?


I'll have em . £350?

heavygoodz22nd Nov

I've just dug my old 1210's out of the loft (along with my old vinyl) can …I've just dug my old 1210's out of the loft (along with my old vinyl) can anyone recommend a good well priced stylus?


Sure M44-7
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