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Technics SL1300 - Early direct drive excellence.

April 25, 2017


One recent turntable service job was this Technics SL1300. The internal mechanisms were far more involved than other direct drive turntables, making it quite an interesting job. As with all turntable services, this unit was disassembled, essential moving parts lubed and oiled, reassembled, motor sensors cleaned, solder joins checked and re-flowed, contacts tested, tone arm balanced, stylus calibrated, full function test, cosmetic clean and electrically tested & tagged. Here's some words from Technics themselves on this unit.


 "Technics maximised its know-how in developing the SL-1300 fully automatic direct-drive record player. The SL-1300 employed the direct-drive system to integrate the motor rotor and turntable platter, thus achieving further improvement of performance and reliability. The universal S-shaped tone arm incorporated a high-sensitivity gimbal suspension system with a high-precision pivot bearing. It offered superb tracing performance. The start and stop operations could be performed by a simple lever operation. There was no need to manually switch between automatic and manual. The SL-1300 even came a memory repeat function for automatic repeat-play. The dial allowed the user to select the number of times to be played from one to five and continuous. The SL-1300 established the automated function as a feature of Hi-Fi record players."

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