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Has anyone ditched their belt drive deck for a SL1200G?

Discussion in 'audio' started by allthingsanalog, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Olsen

    Olsen pfm Member

    Not here but that question is extremely valid for me beeing a long time Rega user

    Would like the ability to shift choice of cartridges easier
    Another presentation vs Rega assumely
    Not really keen on the DJ look admittedly

    The new 1500c is a dealbreaker due to beeing forced getting build-in phono and a 2M red - both items not wanted
    Not sure if tonearm identically to Gr ?

    Exploring other forums some say there's little in G vs Gr - something like Gr is 80-90% of G, as I read it

    Others don't really notice a difference
    At half price honestly there should be

    Thinking my budget is not really for G
    Then I could get some extra cartridges as times go by
  2. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    There's a GR + external Timestep psu at a very good price in the dealer classifieds here. If still available a bit of a bargain. I have a GR here and it's very good indeed.
  3. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    I do like the fact that these Technics turntables are being taken seriously as Hi-Fi turntables these days. There is room for everyone at the table and the greater the variety available the more chance there is that buyers will find something they like.
  4. Olsen

    Olsen pfm Member

    Fidling with external psu for a G/Gr is not something I would consider
  5. tonyx

    tonyx pfm Member

    I have a friend who upgraded from an RP1 to a 1200GR. It was a massive leap up and he is very pleased. It sounds great to me and I wonder if the difference between that and my Xerxes can be entirely explained by the difference between whatever cheapisg MM he is running and my sublime Delos. I could live with it no problem.

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  6. BJP

    BJP El Perro Azul

    Yes I made enquires and was very close to buying it , the Timestep is more effective with older 1200s but then it is free so a very good deal , meanwhile I had my head turned by some speakers and pow the money went :rolleyes:
  7. Olsen

    Olsen pfm Member

    Certainly great to hear

    Once heard a Xerxes it was superb as most of Touraj's turntables
    Vertere heard them at shows, nothing better I thought - way out of my budget too

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    He replaced an RP1, the absolute base model Rega make, with a 1200GR and found it a massive improvement! I should bloody well hope so given the price difference - Rega make a bunch of different decks before you get to the price of a 1200GR! So, essentially, this is the revelation that more expensive turntables sound better than cheaper ones.....
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  9. springer

    springer pfm Member

    Next tier down, but I went from a lifetime of heavily pimped Regas to a 1210GR 18 months ago and that’s me done. Completely fuss-free, shines with anything I throw at it. No tweaking, fettling or messing about. I’ll only replace it if it dies, and that would be with another one.
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  10. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Anyone not far from or in Sussex with a G or GR I could come and have a listen to?
  11. sktn77a

    sktn77a pfm Member

    My only concern with the new 1200 series would be reliability and servicing, should it ever be needed. An LP12 can always be fixed. If the 1200 dies, who is going to fix it? Certainly nobody here in the USA.
  12. Salamander

    Salamander pfm Member

    Are you sure nobody will be able to repair a fault on a newly built tt in the USA?
  13. allthingsanalog

    allthingsanalog pfm Member

    So, no Panasonic dealers in the US?
  14. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Firstly, the thing is made in Japan!

    Secondly, these decks are the number one DJ turntables on the planet and DJs are not renowned for being gently with their stuff. There will be people who fix them, you'd just have to look in a different place perhaps.

    Thirdly, built in Japan...
  15. allthingsanalog

    allthingsanalog pfm Member

    Another thought is an SL1200G with one of the latest Jelco offerings, TK-950S?
  16. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    As a indicator of reliability I have a MkI SL120/SME 3009 that must date from about 1976 and it still works perfectly! I really should think about selling it some time as I don’t need it!
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  17. Konteebos

    Konteebos Ignorant Uninformed Hard Remainer

    I'm more worried about availability than reliability! It's coming up on 6 weeks since I ordered mine and still no sign of it. When I order a new Hi-Fi component I want it straight away!
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  18. early

    early pfm Member

    This is what I use , it's a great combo and visually it looks sooo right .
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  19. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    This may have been covered already. I get it that the build quality of the 1200G is a real step up over earlier 1200 variants but is there a similar uplift in SQ commensurate with the price hike?
  20. MotelBlues

    MotelBlues pfm Member

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