It’s back. Thank you Panasonic! Who said vinyl was dead? I buy about 10 records a week and have over 7,000 records in my collection and growing. I do have an issue collecting stuff and currently own 12 Technics turntables from the OG SL-1200 to a pair of SL-1200MK3D (Japanese editions) with the gold RCAs and SL-1210MK5 with the ability to switch between ±8% and ±16% ranges for pitch adjustment. These are DJ staple. A few companies have tried to introduce decks over the years but I have never played in a club that didn’t have a set of 1200s.
Technics has today announced and showcasing at CES in Las Vegas the return of its direct-drive turntable based on a newly designed direct-drive motor. The Technics 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE and non-limited Grand Class SL-1200G will be available later this summer. The 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be available in a limited run of just 1,200 decks.
It is so damn gorgeous and all DJs and vinyl junkies are slobbering over these pictures on FB and IG right now.
Another gadget that I have been bugging out on lately is portable turntablism with the Vestax Handytrax or Numark PT-01USB Portable USB Turntables with Raiden Faders and 7″ scratch records like the Triad Breaks, DJ Q-Berts Baby Super Seal and Dr. Suzuki The Donuts 7″ Slipmats in Orange. Stay tuned for my next post on Portable Turntablism.
Grand Class SL-1200G/SL1200GAE Specifications
All new design for Redefining the Direct Drive Turntable
- Twin-Rotor Surface-Facing Direct Drive motor
- Direct Drive Motor Controller
- High Sensitive Tonearm
- Brass-Top Turntable Platter
Technics Definitive Design
- Inherited design from the SL-1200 series
- Heavy Aluminum Top Plate
- 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
Variable Range Pitch
- +8%, +16%
Dimension & Weight
- W: 453 mm H: 170 mm D: 372 mm . / 18kg *tentative
*Height: including dust cover
- Phono output x1 / SIGNAL GND x1