Submitted by Lead on 21-03-2003 03:02This content is © 2003-2022 The DJResource
The Technics SL1200
/1210 is the best selling record-player worldwide. But this
machine is NOT perfect when it leaves the factory. To set this deck completely
to my hand, I actually redesigned this machine to nearly perfection. This was
quit a hard job because at the time I made all modifications it was the year 1996
so most modifications are figured out myself. Nowadays these mod's are
quit common but it was real inventive those days.
Exterior re-decorated, giving it a stone-like structure
0% pitch-lock-remove modification, to remove pitch inaccuracy around 0%
Pitch LED is red (not green), optical improvement
LED's in strobe are blue (not red), optical improvement
LED's in 33/45 RPM selector are blue (nor red), optical improvement
Wide range switch, changes pitch range from standard Wide Range
Reverse kit installed, hit the Play button twice to rotate counter clockwise
The exterior of the deck had been painted with a special 'granite-look-a-like'
paint. So now the surface has become rough (It feels like a natural
material) and has the color of granite.
These decks were stripped completely and then painted with this special
paint. After 2 layers of this paint I covered it up with 2 protecting
layers of transparent coating so the paint is protected.
Then finish it off with some self made type-number. The SL1210 is what
they used to be. LTD because there is only 1 pair around !
0% Pitch Modification
DJ Lead is one of the inventors of the SL-PITCH-MODIFICATION.
This will get ride of the click and pitch lock that occurs when setting the pitch in the area
around 0%. This locking system makes the accuracy of the pitch in this area
quartz locked to 0%. This mod I discovered in 1996 so I guess I'll probably
be the (or one of the) first to do this mod on a SL... When you go to your dealer nowadays
you can buy the Technics SL-1200Mk5 where this click-less Pitch Fader
has (finally) became standard on this turntable.
The solution to the problem of non-constant pitch differential around the 0% pitch
point consists of 2 'modification'. The first is to mechanically removing the
ball and the spring from the inside of the pitch fader This is the hardest part
of the modification. You need to disassemble the fader by opening it up. The second
thing to do is cutting the orange wire. The complete mod can be done in about
30 minutes per turntable.
Strobe LED replacement
To make the SL look cool I replaced the standard RED LED
the stroboscope and the 33/45 RPM selector into BLUE
is not the cheapest color to but, but the overall result is so satisfying that it's worth
Replacing the LED's is not only a matter of soldering a new
LED on the original place. Because of the electrical working of the
LED's also some resistors should be replaced. If this is not done, the power supply will have a heavy task to supply
the demanded energy and could break down!
I used 4 HR 3V/20mA
blue LED's, for this LED I replaced R212
with a resistor of 560 Ohm. Actually every LED could be get to work,
just apply the right formula. If you don't know what I mean, just go
shopping for a LED with above mentioned specs.
Extending the Pitch Range
Most of the time that you're DJ-ing you like the pitch as it originally
is, but sometimes you got that awesome record that is just to slow to
fit into your set. At this time you want the SL to go a little faster.
It is possible to accelerate your SL up to a pitch-range of -10% - +15%.
The disadvantage of this accelerated setting is that the accuracy
of the pitch decrease: In the same scale you now have a wider pitch-range AND
the 0% point on the slider moves to -2% on the scale (I don't use 0% anyway).
Downside of a larger scale is a decrease in resolution, in other word: you have to most less distance for the same amount of pitch adjust as in comparison to the standard scale. So I use the Wide-Range only when I'm playing hardcore (That's
what I'm used to) or when the pitch just doesn't reach far enough.
The setting can be changed by almost everybody that is able to hold and
work with a screwdriver. But you need to open up the top section of
the SL, located under the platter and attached with 5 screw. Not something
that you want to do live. To save me some work every time I made this
modification : a switch
Also installed is a reverse kit By double-clicking the
SL the machine starts to rotate counterclockwise. This kit was sold as
a plug-in device. You can also check this
to do it the Hard-Way.
If you want to get the best slipping of your slipmat and the platter,
I would suggest that you use a very thin piece of plastic under your
slipmat. The best ones might be already in your Record-collection....
Do you know those thin annoying plastic inner-sleeves ? Yes Right...!
Cut a circle some little wider than a 12" record out of it. Now you
have a slice for every deck !
On my decks I have a second slipmat that is very hard and thick. It
makes it easier to lift the record of the Deck... At least, that's in
my opinion, judge yourself !
What do you think about Lead's Technics SL-1210LTD ??
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There are 7 Comments
Ferry wrote on 28-08-2004 @ 17:40
And there is a modification for a switch to use quartzlock again, just like the cdj 1000's and sl1210 m3d (and upwards) I will sort this out a.s.a.p.
1 member likes this Nvie wrote on 30-03-2005 @ 19:43
only 2 pieces worldwide?? 1x raden wie ze heeft
Eduardo wrote on 07-05-2005 @ 20:01
I´m from Portugal and I would like to painte my technics... Could you tell me more or less how I shoud do it? Thanks
1 member likes this Maartenb wrote on 24-07-2005 @ 12:38
Remove the deck from Your SL, sand it, buy some paint, apply as much layers of paint as required.... et voila
Lukaz wrote on 01-09-2005 @ 19:30
i never thought is was so easy.. thnx now i can do it by myself!
DjDM wrote on 08-07-2007 @ 12:49
dodig wrote on 19-12-2008 @ 23:02
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