A rare Technics turntable has hit the market, and it can be yours for only $38,895. The Sp10MK3 NGS surfaced online last week at the high-end audio marketplace, Audiogon.
The turntable, which sports a “Ferrari Corsa red” suede finish, was developed by Technics in the early ‘80s and later handcrafted by Artisan Fidelity.
According to Artisan Fidelity’s website, their design team was “able to further cultivate and subsequently engineer a state of the art turntable model using this legendary and highly sought after direct drive motor system solely as a blueprint.”
The turntable is available to buy now from a private seller for $38,895, but interested parties can make an offer up until April 2. Worldwide shipping costs $695.
Check out the listing on Audiogon for additional details.
Technics clarified its commitment to the DJ community over the weekend in a press release for its new SL-1210GR turntable.
“The SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR combine the best of both worlds,” Michiko Ogawa, director of Technics at Panasonic, said in the statement. “Our goal was to extend our top range for audio enthusiasts as well as professional DJs.”
Ogawa’s comments follow a New York Times article from January about how the company has shifted its focus from DJs to audiophiles. In the piece, Technics Creative Director Hiro Morishita said that marketing to DJs was “problematic” and that Panasonic doesn’t “want to sell the 1200 as the best tool for DJing.”
The statement led many to believe that the company had turned its back on DJs and that the SL-1200G and SL-1200GR models were not suitable for DJing.
The SL-1210GR is a black version of the SL-1200GR, which was announced in January.
The press release said that both models will be available in April. According to the DJ TechTools, the price will be roughly $1,600 in the US.
Technics introduced a new direct-drive turntable, the Grand Class SL-1200GR, at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Like the SL-1200G, the SL-1200GR is aimed at audio enthusiasts rather than DJs. It inherits technology from the SL-1200G, which was released in 2016.
The company’s press release states:
“Parts from the SL-1200G were newly developed to create the SL-1200GR, such as the coreless direct-drive motor and precise motor control technology, high-rigidity platter and high-sensitivity tonearm. This ensures audio enthusiasts using the SL-1200GR can enjoy music with the rich, robust sound of analogue records.”
The press release doesn’t say anything about the price and release date, but DJ TechTools reports that it will cost $2,000 (the SL-1200G retails for $4,000).
DJ TechTools also points out that the SL-1200GR has a slightly lower starting torque and a slightly lighter aluminum die-cast platter (the SL-1200G has an aluminum and brass platter).
A full list of features and specifications can be found on Technics’ website.
The model has been redesigned from scratch, according to Technics CTO Tetsuya Itani. It features a triple-layer platter, an iron-free direct drive motor that reduces rotation irregularities, and a sensitive lightweight magnesium tonearm.
The 1200G is the first SL model since the MK6 in 2008. As a result, demand is high and retailers have begun to sell out.
The suggested retail price for the 1200G is $4,000 USD per unit.
Visit Technics’ website for a full list of retailers.
This article was written by Hugo Pacheco.
Technics has shared a video that shows the manufacturing process for the new SL-1200G and limited edition SL-1200GAE turntables. The models, which the company announced in January, were a huge surprise to the DJ community.
The three-minute piece, which is set to classical music, shows workers assembling and testing the turntables at a high-tech factory. It concludes with shots of a finished product being placed into a shipping box.
The limited edition version has already sold out, but the SL-1200G will reportedly be available in September.
Watch the video below.
Technics SL-1200G turntable. (Source: Technics)
Panasonic has revealed an all-new model of the Technics SL-1200 turntable series: the SL-1200G. The announcement was made on Tuesday at the CES conference in Las Vegas and comes six years after the company discontinued the SL-1200 series.
According to Gizmodo, the “G” model is based on the classic SL-1200 design and contains a key improvement:
“Panasonic and Technics developed a new coreless direct-drive motor that’s lacking the iron core that’s often the cause of those speed fluctuations in the platter. And any remaining vibrations from the turntable’s electric motor are further suppressed and corrected using new processor-controlled rotational positioning sensors inside the SL-1200G’s housing.”
Panasonic also revealed the Grand Class SL-1200GAE, a 50th anniversary limited edition model that will be available in Summer 2016 in a run of 1,200 units. According to Gizmodo, the only advantage of the “GAE” model appears to be “a serial number plate on the base, a magnesium, not aluminum, housing, and early availability.”
Check out the photos below and get more info at Technics’ website.
Related: Customizing and Upgrading Technics SL-1200 Turntables
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