The Turntable Makeover
I’ve had my 1200’s for about 20 years now… I saved up all my money and found a used set using the Recycler, then drove out 30 miles or so to pick them up from some guy used. They were in fantastic shape, one even came with its original box. They even came with that headshell alignment tool that most people have never even seen before.
20 years later and I’m still using them all the time. I love them. They’re something that I think I will own forever. So the other day I was mixing and I was watching my laptops screen. I use Traktor as my DVS system and it has a bpm readout to let you know your bpm in realtime. That’s when I noticed that I had a double zero on my pitch faders.
So before this, at a friends party a long long time ago I had cracked one of the tonearms being sloppy. And one of the tonearm rests was broken too. So I had a couple of issues with them already but It didn’t affect they’re functionality so I never bothered to fix them.
But I started buying all the little parts I needed on ebay in case I ever decided to fix up my turntables. I ordered a new tonearm, and the arm rests, a soldering iron and other random parts. And eventually the day came… surgery on my babies.
So they’re basically done… internally grounded, powder coated shells, walnut blasted platter, re oiled and calibrated tonearm height adjust, new tonearm rest, new tonearm, blue leds, and new pitch decals.
Super proud of them and how they came out. I think they look great again and I’m happy i’ve restored all of they’re functionality.
Check the pics below to see the whole build!