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The Turntable is BACK…now what?

In case you didn’t hear the news….the original Turntable is BACK and the DJ community is HYPED???

On Tuesday, January 5th at CES, Panasonic announced their new Grand Class Technics SL-1200G and limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE turntables and the DJ community was abuzz. My Facebook news feed was flooded with posts like “FINALLY” and “OMG” and “TAKE MY MONEY NOW”….


Specs for the new turntable include:

  • Twin-Rotor Surface-Facing Direct Drive Motor
  • Direct Drive Motor Controller
  • High Sensitive Tonearm
  • Brass-Top Turntable Platter
  • Insulator
  • Heavy Aluminium Top Plate
  • Speeds of 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
  • Variable Range Pitch of ±8% and ±16%

According to Gizmodo, “The 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be available this summer in a run of just 1,200 units.” The less expensive SL-1200G will not be available until “late 2016.”

As I wake up this morning, less than 24 hours after the announcement, I see a side of the DJ community that isn’t 100% sold on this new product.

Rumors are floating that the new turntable will be roughly $850 a piece. Will true “Turntablists” rush to buy a pair? Possibly. Will “CDJs/Controller DJs” rush to buy a pair? Maybe. Does it matter what the DJ is “spinnin’ on”? Depends on who you talk to….definately a discussion for a separate article.

As sexy as this new turntable looks, there are some DJs who have simply “moved on”…the Reloop turntable seems to be gaining ground as the official “1200 replacement”….some call the Reloop turntable the “other 1200” for good reason, they work and were built for DJs.

jazzyjeffLegendary DJ Jazzy Jeff took to social media and offered his thoughts on the new launch stating that how the original turntable was “never intented for us to DJ on” and “they (Technics) never gave support to the DJ community.” So before he gets “super hyped about the return of the 1200”, he wants to make sure that the they will “care about who’s using them…” Valid points.

I’ve owned my original 1200s since 1998 and have had work done on them in the past 5 years. Ask any DJ who owns a pair of Technics 1200s and they will tell you how they stand the test of time. Will I buy a pair of new shiny 1200s when I own a pair and can get a refurbished pair for half of what these new turntables will cost? Highly doubtful….but you never know. 🙂

I hope this new turntable is available for the DJs to “play on” at the annual DJ Expo this summer. It may sway a lot of opinions one way or the other, similar to how Pioneer made a splash with their new SP9 mixer.

As Jazzy Jeff said…only “time will tell” how the return of the 1200 will impact the DJ community.