I spotted a Technics Sl1200 Mk2 last night for $350.00 and emailed the owner right away. I have first pick and we set up a meeting at 10h30. Turntable is supposed to be 100% functional and I even asked about the target light. "Sure, it works". Drove an hour and meet the guy at this place. Guess what? Target light was burned... But the acrylic cover was minty and very few scratches on the deck. Motor and bearings are good. But the tone arm, my God, was swivelling a good 15°. Offered the guy $275 and spent three hours of TLC. I took the turntable apart completely and tightened the two Phillips screws that held the tone arm underneath. Now it is perfect. The height adjustment mechanism has been totally degreased, regreased and properly adjusted. I also adjusted the electronic brake. The included Shure M44-G cartridge was very good. But all is not over. My Cambridge D500 CD player died yesterday. So a friend of mine who owns a record shop tells me a friend of his has a warehouse full of NOS Technics equipment and is trying to make some room. There are 100 CD players among other things. But not just any CD player, the famous broadcast standard SL-P1200. Yup. 100 NOS and boxed. So, I bought two for a total of $40.00 a pair at my friend's cost. Life is good
And did I mention I also receive my Numark M6USB mixer? ;-)
Yup. Today was a good day.