On the Wheels of Steel

Panasonic Corporation manufactured the Technics SL-1200 and SL-1210 turntables under the brand name Technics. They were manufactured in a number of official and unofficial versions, but the most famous version – of all – is the MK-2. The first of the Technics turntables saw the daylight in 1972, and the revised MK 2 was produced from 1979.

The last of the turntables, rolled of the assembly line in 2010.

The turntable was originally designed as a high fidelity consumer stereo record player but due to the Technics’ awesome technical specifications – especially its weight – the Technics SL 1200s quickly became quite popular in the DJ community.

At first

In my younger years I tried out some DJ’ing, at a few private parties – without much success. I’ve brought my turntable and played some of my records and I liked it a lot. The turntable, at that time, was a Sanyo TP-B2 home stereo record player – and not a professional turntable in any way.

When people danced or jumped, even a bit, on the dance floor, the needle skipped on the record. Really annoying, and why I wished for a pro turntable – a Technics.


A while back, I finally got my hands on a set of Technics SL1210s, still with the original pop-up light bulb and original power and audio cables.

With a few modifications and a brand new mixer, my boyhood dream finally came true.