Finding the best affordable Technics SL TT?

ivankg123

Novice Member
Finding the best affordable Technics SL TT?

After a lot of research on the internet and some hours spent in searching TTs. I decided to go with Technics. There were quite a few new offers for record players for sale in my country, so I decided to post a thread here. I made a discussion few days ago about searching for new record player. Many people adviced me to go with Technics, so here I'm.

Firstly,
Technics sl-1310mk2, from what i read it is fully-automatic turntable so it has auto-cueing, auto-cut, auto-return, auto-disc size. It has of course the option for manual cueing starting and playing. The owner of the turnatble made the price negotiable and says that it plays perfectly, but it needs a new cartridge.


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Pictures from the owner!

Secondly,
Technics sl-1410MK2, the turntable from the last discussion, from what I understood it had everything i need, but still the price is 320 EUR and as the last TT it needs a new cartridge.

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Pictures from the owner!

Thirdly,
TECHNICS SL-1510 MKII, from what i've read it's a Manual turntable. I'm not sure if it has VTA. It has some features from the previous record players. The price is the 390 EURO. Although I'm not sure about condition.
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Pictures from the owner!

Next,
Technics SL-5200, after reading this: Vintage Review – Technics SL-5200 Turntable I saw that the TT is not that bad and a good choice. Although I'm not really a fan of shiny silver plastic. The owner says that it's in great technical condition, the old grease was cleaned and everything on the TT is working. When buying it i can choose between Shure 75 or Ortofon OM5, which the seller of the record player is providing. The price is 280 EUR.
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Pictures from the owner!

And finally,
TECHNICS SL 3110, I don't really like the design(especially the buttons) of it, but nonetheless i decided to put it here for comparaison. The price is 200 EUR. He sells it without cartridge, so i will have to buy cartridge separately.

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Pictures from the owner!

I choose Technics, because i like the design and playability of SL-1200, but I want something more affordable. In a sence I would like to know which range is better, the 1000, 3000 or 5000. And which TT is the best from those ranges and from the ones I put on here in this thread. I would love to hear your advice and tips. Which turntable is the best for you? Which is the best price to performance? Let me know all your toughts and ideas!

Thanks in advance,
Ivan
 
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Ugg10

Distinguished Member
If you can find a 1600/1610/1700/1710/1800/1810 mk2 then this would be my choice as these are basically a slightly cut down sl1200/1210 mk2 with the same arm, motor, controller but without the slide pitch controller and the heavy weight body. 1600 is automatic, 1700 semi automatic and 1800 manual, this is the same for the 1300/1400/1500 iirc.

Worth signing up to Vinylengine, its free and has all of the manuals for most turntables, cartridges and tonearm so you can check specs etc.
 

ivankg123

Novice Member
If you can find a 1600/1610/1700/1710/1800/1810 mk2 then this would be my choice as these are basically a slightly cut down sl1200/1210 mk2 with the same arm, motor, controller but without the slide pitch controller and the heavy weight body. 1600 is automatic, 1700 semi automatic and 1800 manual, this is the same for the 1300/1400/1500 iirc.

Worth signing up to Vinylengine, its free and has all of the manuals for most turntables, cartridges and tonearm so you can check specs etc.
Yeah they really resemble 1200, but i can't find any of this range. I would say the most likely option of those i mentioned and the TT that the most resemble 1600/1610/1700/1710/1800/1810 and SL 1200 is Technics sl-1310mk2. I would love to get of the range you mentioned, but I was not able to and i want to get a new turnatble next week. I will continue searching for 1600/1610/1700/1710/1800/1810, but in the mean time what do you think about the ones i mentioned?

Thanks again for the time, you always help! :3
 

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