Issues with my Technics SL-1200 MKII

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Beatmaniac, May 10, 2018.

  1. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Hi, I just recieved a used MKII

    The turntable seems to be in pretty good condition. Unfortunately, it seems I've run into some issues.

    One, the height adjustment is stuck. This seems to be an easier fix so not a big deal.

    My other issue is with the tonearm. I'm having a weird problem where I am getting resistance when I put it on the rest. It will not stay there and it yanks back toward the center. It only has resistance when I bring it close to the rest.

    Here is a gif of it (Sorry it came out slow for some reason, should still show the problem)

    I'm hoping these issues are a big deal, I don't mind doing some work on it though, I bought it with the expectation that I would.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. nolazep

    nolazep I drink and I know things

    Messed up anti-skate mechanism? I don't know what else would cause that.
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  3. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Is that generally an easier fix?
  4. JustGotPaid

    JustGotPaid Forum Resident

    Put the headshell on with a cartridge, balance arm so it hangs perpendicular to the platter. Set anti skate to 0. Try and see if it still pulls in.

    Oh. And leave the stylus guard on to be safe.
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  5. nolazep

    nolazep I drink and I know things

    Ehhhh you might have to remove the tonearm to make sure the wiring has enough play and that the antiskate spring is ok.
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  6. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Didn’t seem to make a difference
  7. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Well I’m gonna have to take it out to re-grease the height adjustment
  8. nolazep

    nolazep I drink and I know things

    I'm sure once you turn that bad boy upside-down you'll have a better idea of what's going on.
  9. Chazz

    Chazz Forum Resident

    Columbia, SC
    It might be resistance from the internal wiring, as nolazep has suggested above.
  10. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Hoping that’s what it is, I’ll open it up tonight.

    I reposted this on Reddit and someone said the tonearm bearings are toast and I’d need a new tonearm. What do you guys think the chances of that are?
  11. nolazep

    nolazep I drink and I know things

    It's a distinct possibility.
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  12. missan

    missan Forum Resident

    Depend on the usage, but it´s very likely IMO. Many used 1200 need a new arm.
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  13. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Well that’s unfortunate, but I should have seen this coming. Guess I’ll have to put a new one on order. Thanks for the help guys
  14. dmckean

    dmckean Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA, USA
    I'd open it up and have a look first, it could be an easy fix. The arm isn't too complicated.

    If it's shot, I could probably dig around for the arm I took off my M5G and sell you that, it has the KAB damper installed. I bought it new, it's never been used for anything but hi-fi.
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  15. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Well that's nice of you, thanks! I'll take a look tonight
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  16. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident


    I can’t see bad bearings giving you that kind of resistance. Getting that height adjustment can be a real pain if it’s frozen. I had to make a main strap wrench to get Mine freed. Check those wires! But if worse comes to worse the arms aren’t too expensive.
  17. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yeah my height adjustment is certainly locked up right now. Hopefully loosening that and taking apart the arm will make this other problem I have more apparent. If not, it’s just a couple more steps to replace the arm.
  18. Robert C

    Robert C Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Stuck VTA adjuster is an easy fix. To unseize the height adjustment ring, spray Servisol super 10 switch cleaner around the top of the ring and wiggle it back & forth using thumb and forefinger, it sometimes takes a bit of time and elbow grease and a good few sprays of the switch cleaner but generally will free up. No need to open the table up.
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  19. Nephrodoc

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  20. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks, I would do this if it wasn’t for the other problem I’m having which seems to require me to open it up
  21. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    It doesn’t seem to be bent

    Will definitely give this a try tonight, thanks!
  22. sfrost

    sfrost Forum Resident

    The arm looks pretty messed up, and new ones are not that cheap these days. The helicoild VTA adjuster can be easily freed up sometimes and sometimes the arm has to come apart with heat applied
    to get it unstuck, The brass threaded ring rotates on the aluminum threads and the grease eventually hardens and the brass tarnishes and turns green. The old grease should be removed and new helicoild lube applied. I have one of these that no amount of heat or solvents and muscle will free up, but that is rare.
    I would completely disassemble and replace any parts needed so the arm works like it should, send it to Kevin (KAB) or someone that has experience and parts to repair it properly.
  23. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Here's the 1200MK2 Operation Manual, and the Service Manual, and the Service Manual Supplement for the "A" version (look on your back sticker to see if it says "1200MK2-A"). These files did NOT come from VE. (6.23MB) -
  24. Bathory

    Bathory 30 yr Single Malt, not just for breakfast anymore

    for the stuck height adjustment, the grease just hardens a bit when it sits for a long time. i use day wife hairdryer, on low, and slowly worked it back and forth, until i could turn it, and once it broke free, i sat down and raised & lowered for a good 30X+, while still using some heat. DO NOT use high heat and let it blow on the area and get too h to, damage will occur. just work with a hair dryer, and keep it warn, until she breaks free.

    for the tonearm issue, not sure, maybe the black arm lift thingy is stuck in t he up position,???....
  25. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So new tonearm came in, decided to finally take it apart. Turns out I guess I do need a new tone arm because nothing seems to be inherently wrong with this one.

    Cleaned off all the old grease and I'll be adding some new grease to make it much better.

    I have a new problem that might not be a problem. When I was taking it apart, I realized that the RCA cables were aftermarket. After getting into the tonearm assembly, I noticed some amateurish soldering, with some burn marks on the circuit board.


    What I'm wondering is will this still work? According to the ebay seller the turntable worked before shipping off (which theoretically it should, even with all the problems it had).

    If it will work fine I'll keep it, but if not, it seems I can order a new one online.

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