I will go to my grave saying that the Technics SL-12oo series of turntables were among the best machines created by humankind. Period. Full stop.
They were durable, reliable and virtually indestructible. I saw units abused year-in and year-out at radio stations and clubs and never once saw one break down. Not. One.
I have one in my home studio, one of the last units made before Technics decided to pull the plug on them in October 2010. I fully expect this to be the last turntable I will ever buy.
Yes, its’ strange that Technics would stop making the SL-1200 after almost 40 years even as vinyl sales were experiencing a steady uptick. I’m sure they had their business reasons, but I (along with many others) still feel that this decision was shortsighted and wrong.
If you feel the same way, there’s a new petition at Change.org that demands Technics resurrect the SL-1200. I quote:
Things started slow, but as of this writing, more than 8,000 people have signed the petition. Read more at The Vinyl Factory.