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Created by The Core DJ's Jul 6, 2014 at 4:18pm. Last updated by The Core DJ's Jul 6, 2014.

Technics stops making turntables, DJs everywhere rush to stock up!!!!!!

Technics stops making turntables, DJs everywhere rush to stock up!!!!!!


Just days after Sony announced that the cassette Walkman is history, another all time icon of the audio world has been put out to pasture. After months of rumors and speculation, Panasonic officially announced the end
of Technics SL-1200 production in a statement to the Tokyo Reporter.

Coincidentally, both the original Sony Walkman and the Technics SL-1200 MkII hit store
shelves in 1979, but while the Walkman evolved and changed repeatedly,
the SL-1200 MkII you could buy until today was virtually identical to
the 1979 model.

Technics first made an SL-1200 in 1972, but it was 1979's MkII version that really caught the imagination of DJs,
coinciding with the birth of hip hop and scratching. The sturdy 1200 was
just about the only turntable rugged enough to withstand the abuse DJs
would throw at it, and it soon became the only turntable any serious DJ
would consider.

In the 31 years that followed, Technics introduced several subtle refinements of the original recipe, but is was
the basic MkII that remained the most popular. A Panasonic
representative was reluctant to put a number on it when I asked a few
months ago, but rumors are that over 3 million SL-1200s have been built.

Some claim that the 1200 is being killed off because the tooling is starting
to wear out, and the bean counters say that a new set would not be
economically practical. In light of the numbers, that makes sense,
especially when you consider that 1200 sales are now only around 5% of
where they stood just 10 years ago.

As more and more DJs switch to using CDs, or even (gulp) iPods to play their music, those still
spinning vinyl will be looking at brands like Stanton and Numark, or
snapping up the few 1200s that remain in the various sales channels.


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Comment by DJ Civil Rightz on May 25, 2011 at 11:40am
Comment by DJ Civil Rightz on May 25, 2011 at 11:40am
i have one on lay away right now...i cant wait...fasho
Comment by william humphrey on November 15, 2010 at 9:25am
hopefully this will not take away from the artform, we still have dj's who like to the turntable as it is the only option some of us used up until this point
Comment by Jackie Bennett on November 7, 2010 at 10:05pm
It's not going to stop me from using them.
Comment by Joey DJ RREAL Villarreal on November 7, 2010 at 12:16pm
I first heard about this either late last year or early this year. I knew it would eventually happen. But no worries. 12's will be available for years to come. The only drawback though will be that the prices on used 12's will now probably go up especially on rare models like the black 12's or 1210's. Glad I've got 4 of them!
Comment by DJ FLAVA on November 6, 2010 at 7:40pm
I can't believe it...
Comment by World Famous DJ Easy K on November 4, 2010 at 11:12am
I believe it's the MK6 model that will be discontinued, all other 1200 models (Mk2, 1210 etc.)will still be produced. Let's hope, time will tell
Comment by DJ B-LOVE on November 2, 2010 at 8:44pm
For DJs who are worried about not getting any more 1200s...don't worry! You will ALWAYS find some SL 1200s being sold on Ebay or Amazon. Someone is ALWAYS gonna be selling something so no all hope is lost.
Comment by DJ DYNAMITE on November 2, 2010 at 7:35pm
WTF!!!!!!! MAN WE AS DJS NEED TO PROTEST THIS!!!!!! WOOOOW THAT'S GONNA HURT MAYBE NOT RIGHT NOW BUT IT WILL!
Comment by Tim Jones on November 2, 2010 at 7:01pm
Look-out Touch Screens are coming to the DJ's and to the stage real soon?
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