Technics 1210s - Snapped Off Ground Wire.

Found 8th Apr 2008
Now i have the horrible headache inducing hum.

Is it easy to fix. I still have the wire.
Shall i not bother and just get a professional to do it?
All links to info? Cost?

TIA AHA

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At work so cant get link, but there a user guide on opening on line, google it will tell you, shoul dbe easy enought...

snapped off from where? do you mean the wire connecting the tone-arm to the rear of the unit?

Its not too hard to open a Technics but you need to take very good care of the tonearm assembly when its upside down. Removing the tonearm assembly and rebuilding that is a bit of a chore...

Original Poster

I mean the thin wire that you connect to the mixer to ground the turntable
Snapped it off from where it goes into the turntable near the power plug.

Any advice or links?

Is any of it accessible externally (if so you can just solder another wire to it and use that). If not you will probably need to open it up...

jah128;1857366

Is any of it accessible externally (if so you can just solder another … Is any of it accessible externally (if so you can just solder another wire to it and use that). If not you will probably need to open it up...



Yeah just attaching it to something like that would work. Or use this as an excuse to move away from Technics and get a nice pair of Numark TTX1s that don't even need a ground wire :thumbsup:

Original Poster

I need to open it up. Is that difficult?
I actually have CDJ 1000 that i use, i just like the feel of vinly.

Its not too difficult. You need to removed the rubberised base and the probably the plastic sub-base layer to get where the ground wire is fixed but its not too hard - just screws to remove - but you have to have the deck upside down so you need to sit in on something where it is stable but not in contact with the tonearm - I used a few chocks of wood.

4Site;1857525

I actually have CDJ 1000 that i use, i just like the feel of vinly.



Vinyl will always remain the best, DJs who use cds just aren't as skillful either!

Sounds like this repair is going to be harder than I thought...good luck getting it sorted!

Original Poster

If i find a piece of the wire inside the deck can i just twist it together and electrical tape it or do i have to solder it together?

Ideally you would solder but if you can make a good solid twist+tape connection to the existing earth wire (remnant) that should be fine..

If you manage to get to the inside, you may as well go the whole hog and replace the wire rather than bodge it and scarper...

Only bodge it if there is some external cable to bodge to.

Whoever remarked on moving over to Numark, you must be barking... no-one will remember those come 10 years, but I'll put money on people still using the 1210s...

That, and they're manufactured by Numark.

Original Poster

TTX1s are good actually
I've used them a fair bit, but Technics are industry standard, tho i've noticed cdj1000s are coming to that sort of level in all the useful clubs

03bintls;1857885

Vinyl will always remain the best, DJs who use cds just aren't as … Vinyl will always remain the best, DJs who use cds just aren't as skillful either!Sounds like this repair is going to be harder than I thought...good luck getting it sorted!



After almost every music related site on the net put this argument to bed, HUKD was the last place I'd expect to see the old vinyl vs cd debate :giggle:

Original Poster

LoL its always the old guard vs the new guard.
Technophobes againsts bleeding edgers.

nonstop;1858865

After almost every music related site on the net put this argument to … After almost every music related site on the net put this argument to bed, HUKD was the last place I'd expect to see the old vinyl vs cd debate :giggle:



There's no debate here - vinyl is the best. End of. Lol

Browni;1858432

Whoever remarked on moving over to Numark, you must be barking... no-one … Whoever remarked on moving over to Numark, you must be barking... no-one will remember those come 10 years, but I'll put money on people still using the 1210s...That, and they're manufactured by Numark.



Why won't anyone remember them? They are actually considerably better than the 1210s, as are a lot of other turntables. Technics were the only players 10 years ago and thats why they became standard. Industry won't replace them because they've grown to be established and every dj has had experience using them, so seeing them in a club makes them feel familiar. Better performance can be had elsewhere though, and for better prices I might add.

And what is wrong with Numark? Pretty much all my gear so far has been Numark and I've not had a single problem. They offer a massive range of products for everyone and those products are great quality.

:lol: Surely this debate is a bit irrelevant, the guys already got some Technics and it isn't worth changing them - although this statement is just plain wrong - "Technics were the only players 10 years ago and thats why they became standard" - they have been around since 1972, over 35 years, and they are built to last - that is why the have become the industry standard...

Original Poster

I actually hate the fact that Technics are industry standards, reliability wise their the dog's dangly bits but feature and usage wise their looking a bit dated now, but the aura plus history mean i thought they'd ever get replaced. Remember when the Vestax PDX2000 first came out? They were suppose to be the Technic killers and were in fact awesome decks but eventually people moved away from them. Now the same things happening with the TTX1s

Seen as I have serviced Numark products, I think my issues with their quality are justified...

Put the build of a Technics 1210 against the build of a Numark product, then tell me that you still feel these are better.

I don't have the figures for failure rates of Numark against Technics, but I would put money on Technics having a lower failure rate (due to manufacturing faults, not misuse).

4Site;1860652

I actually hate the fact that Technics are industry standards, … I actually hate the fact that Technics are industry standards, reliability wise their the dog's dangly bits but feature and usage wise their looking a bit dated now.


Platter, Pitch Adjustment and Signal Output... what else do you actually need on a turntable?

(apart from the electronics and such like for the P.Dantic ones).
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