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Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:15 pm

Hi guys! I refurbish and modify Technics SL-1200/1210 turntables. I have done more than a hundred decks already and here are pictures of some of them.

SL-1200 M3D
Before refurb:
- I did this pair in Bacolod for a friend.

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I disassembled everything from the base frame to the tone arm section.

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Repainted the frame

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Repainted the rubber base

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Repainted the tonearm's swivel bridges, pivots swing, & tonearm base

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Some clearer pics!

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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:17 pm

Here's another pair I did over the week. Before I started working on it. The decks were already repainted badly. They weren't disassembled when painted so it really looked awful.

I also did this in Bacolod.

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Repainted the tonearm pivot swing bridges and other tonearm components to flat black.

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Repainted the pitch decal to flat black to match everything on the decks.

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Newly refurbished (repainted & calibrated) tonearm
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Modified the ground wires and replaced the RCA cables and connectors

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On the way...
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Repainted the both platters and sanded the sides. Repainted the rubber base as well.
Finished!
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Fitted the Pop-up to bright white LEDs and removed the pitch "tick" bearing and spring.

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Thanks for viewing! :)
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:18 pm

Here are some pics before:

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I did my usual refurbishment on this deck.

-Repainted the base frame with automotive polyurethane thinner based paint
-repainted and overhauled the tonearm assembly
-replaced LEDs. Strobe and Pop-up LEDs to blue, 33/45rmp to bright white.
-replaced new pitch control
-replaced tonearm clip
-replaced aluminum pitch decal
-refaced the platter
-eliminated the ground wires

Result:
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:19 pm

I know the this is not the best color but it's what the client requested. Lavender! The gloss isn't too noticeable because of its weird color. He also wanted the platter painted to white.

Other things I did were:
-replace the power stobe LEDs to bright blue
-33/45 rpm LEDs to green
-Pop-up lamp bulb conversion to bright blue LED
-pitch control calibration
-overhauled and calibrated the tone arm assembly
-ground wire elimination and modification
-rubber base repaint
-new aluminum pitch decal

Before refurb:

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After refurb:

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Thanks for viewing guys! :)
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:28 pm

This deck belongs to Embassy club. I picked it up looking like ;( :sweat: :worried: :x

Looks like these decks have been submerged in the ocean for months. They look like oysters have lived on them.

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Scraped the paint to metal.
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Primer painted.
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Base paint.
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New parts
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Replaced the power LEDs to blue, 33/45 rpm LEDs to white and Pop-Up lamp to bright white LEDs.
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New aluminum pitch decals.

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Wet sanding after top clear coat.
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Getting ready for buffing. Compound, swirl remover, polish and wax.
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Scraped platter
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Newly painted
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Replaced parts were:

Pitch control (removed the bearings and springs)
Aluminum pitch decals
Tonearm rest/clips
Power switch
LEDs (pop-up lamps, 33/45rpm buttons, power switch strobe)
Turntable legs. 1 deck was missing 2 legs.
RCA cables and connectors. Eliminated the ground wires.

The base frame is finished in glossy white and all other parts are in flat white and flat black.
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White and black tonearm section
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The other pair. Finished in all flat colors. Replaced the pitch controls, tonearm rest/clips, LEDs.
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Thanks for viewing! :music:
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby mandym » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:46 pm

AMAZING, simply amazing!

Dead 1200s resurrected nay, born again or even reincarnated! Excellent work!

I do have to raise the question: How is the performance? Is it equal or better than original specs? What is done to recalibrate the tonearm alignment, bearing play, bearing friction, anti-skate, rumble and noise, etc.

Please do not take my inquiry in a negative light. I do not want to put a damper on your excellent venture, I simply would like to spur you on toward a better product by covering areas you might have missed.

Congratulations on such fine work. AMAZING, simply amazing!
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby tenderobject » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:58 pm

wow! miss ko bigla 1200's :(

curious din ako sa tanong si ser mandym..

good work!!!
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Mamimili » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:16 am

I like the lavender deck, and the white ones :clap: :clap:
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:08 am

mandym wrote:AMAZING, simply amazing!

Dead 1200s resurrected nay, born again or even reincarnated! Excellent work!

I do have to raise the question: How is the performance? Is it equal or better than original specs? What is done to recalibrate the tonearm alignment, bearing play, bearing friction, anti-skate, rumble and noise, etc.

Please do not take my inquiry in a negative light. I do not want to put a damper on your excellent venture, I simply would like to spur you on toward a better product by covering areas you might have missed.

Congratulations on such fine work. AMAZING, simply amazing!


Thanks for the compliment sir Mandy. :)

To answer your question...

honestly, it took me many, many 1200s to fix and experiment with before I could master the calibration when putting back the tonearm assembly. Anti skate is an easy fix but requires a lot of unscrewing/screwing, de-soldering, etc. The legs height are adjustable which also serves as suspension. Noise, not a problem. Performance wise, most of my clients prefer their serviced decks modified, majority of which are for DJing purposes. But I could also put it back to factory condition if the client wish to. :)

tenderobject wrote:wow! miss ko bigla 1200's :(

curious din ako sa tanong si ser mandym..

good work!!!


Thanks sir! :)

Mamimili wrote:I like the lavender deck, and the white ones :clap: :clap:


Thanks for the appreciation sir! :)
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby northwardnimbus » Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:59 am

wow. galeng naman ng pagka refurb sa srapped platter. pati strobo dots litaw na litaw. galeng! :inlove:
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby obi » Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:22 pm

excellent work sir. are you based here in metro manila?

thanks
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby zenaudio » Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:59 pm

Great work! :)
You must really know the 1200 very well to disassemble and reassemble it after the body work, even complete those with missing parts.

Just curious, is Works1200 your project name or you plan to provide this as a service? I think it would be good to know someone can do this kind of job in WS.
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:47 pm

obi wrote:excellent work sir. are you based here in metro manila?

thanks


Thanks sir! :)

obi wrote:excellent work sir. are you based here in metro manila?

thanks


Yes Manila based sir. San Juan. :)

zenaudio wrote:Great work! :)
You must really know the 1200 very well to disassemble and reassemble it after the body work, even complete those with missing parts.

Just curious, is Works1200 your project name or you plan to provide this as a service? I think it would be good to know someone can do this kind of job in WS.



Thanks sir! I actually accept refurb, modification and custom service. Works 1200 is my service name. :)
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby audiostar » Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:15 pm

Awesome!!! just awesome. Another addition to WS growing list of geniuses :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby merlin » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:44 pm

Very neat! Just wondering if you can also restore the Technics brand label text after repainting.. How much do you usually charge?
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby m_shoe_maker » Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:48 pm

Hayop ah! Parang nag restore ng lumang oto! :clap:
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:33 pm

audiostar wrote:Awesome!!! just awesome. Another addition to WS growing list of geniuses :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks for the appreciation sir! :)

merlin wrote:Very neat! Just wondering if you can also restore the Technics brand label text after repainting.. How much do you usually charge?


Thanks sir! Unfortunately, the Techinics brand label/logo is originally tampo stamped on the frame. I have tried silk screen and decal but it didn't turn out very original. The only way to do it without fading easily is also tampo stamping. With regards to price, it depends on the scope of work needed to be done and parts to be replaced or repaired.

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m_shoe_maker wrote:Hayop ah! Parang nag restore ng lumang oto! :clap:


Hehehe! Samalat sir! I actually do auto detailing and car scale modeler as well that's why I'm very keen and meticulous with detail finish on the decks I work on. :)
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby planarribbon » Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:14 pm

pwede bang isama sa trabaho yung motor ng deck kung medyo out of sync na?
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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby kabubi » Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:40 pm

husay mo, bro :clap:

1. i'd just like to ask if you can do other turntables like belt drives or idler drives.

2. i have a beloved JVC QL-F6 direct drive turntable whose 45 rpm is not functioning (the 33 rpm works well though). can you bring the 45 rpm
speed back to life?

keep up the good work. we need more talented people like you.


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Re: Works Twelvehundred (Works1200)

Postby Nicadraus » Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:59 pm

planarribbon wrote:pwede bang isama sa trabaho yung motor ng deck kung medyo out of sync na?


Yes sir! :)

kabubi wrote:husay mo, bro :clap:

1. i'd just like to ask if you can do other turntables like belt drives or idler drives.

2. i have a beloved JVC QL-F6 direct drive turntable whose 45 rpm is not functioning (the 33 rpm works well though). can you bring the 45 rpm
speed back to life?

keep up the good work. we need more talented people like you.


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Sorry sir I only work on Technics SL12xx series turntables. Thanks for viewing. :)
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