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There was a group test last year where self-styled 'audiophile' turntables whupped the Technics for sound. Course, if you want 'to DJ' (conjugate the verb.....) then the Technics is the one for you. I think the arm lets it down - there are forums elsewhere that have replaced the stock arm with a Rega with seemingly great results, but life's too short, to my mind.
If you want to be truly impressed by build quality, look at Clearaudio, Michell and further up the ranges of Rega and Project. My RPM5 is somewhere in the middle - fabulous engineering in the arm, good plinth, slightly shoddy MDF platter.
Course, you do know the Rega motor was deliberately decoupled from the plinth and was supposed to wobble, right....?
Have you looked at maybe a Clearaudio or a 2nd hand Roksan Radius - not a hint of chipboard there!
Upgrade the arm (e.g. RB300, Michell or Origin counterweight), add a better cartridge and you have a serious deck that'll compete with almost anything up to £1000.
You don't need to fit the arm, life's not that short (sorry John!) and the results for the little time spent with your new Technics in a dealer's workshop for a day or two, whilst they do it for you, will be well worth it. Rock solid construction, a direct-drive motor which is pretty damn impressive and the aforementioned upgrades and you're away. Modded Technics decks as new are going for about £850 - saw one in Edinburgh the other week and it looked the part.
I'm not a fan of the RB arms - the end-of-side distortion that they are known for really annoys me (I had a Planar 2 for 15 years so am well aquainted with this).
However, I would love to know what a 1210 with a Roksan Nima on it would sound like... anyone done this (or heard of this being done?)
It might interest doubters to know that at it's peak the SL1210 was in service with 5000 Broadcasters worldwide and that most Disc mastering lathes in studios used the same Technics direct drive platter because a belt drive wasn't good enough to hold the speed accurately while cutting.
Hi Fi enthusiasts tend to be snobbish about them, but the truth is they are a masterpiece.
In true Bullseye terminology, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand another:-
Nothing in this game for three in a bed.........
Let's see what you could've won!
(For about £50k!)
And this is - wait for it - one hundred and eeeeeiiiiiggggghhhhhhtttttyyyyy (grand). No really.