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ashok 3rd November 2009 03:43 PM

Removeable headshell issues
I found that both my Technics turntables had oxidation at the headshell/arm connector. White deposits that made it hard to remove the headshell. Both turntables have been not in use for two or three years. Even the small washer between the headshell and tone arm became rigid and cracked up. Can one get these as spares ?
I carefully applied silicone grease to both headshell and tone arm and now they seem to be OK. I took care to see that nothing fouled up the contacts.
Is this OK ?
Oh boy, our air must be foul as Hell ! I know it is as we get oily deposits on our computer screens very fast. We are going to be dead sooner than we expect I guess !:eek:

Netlist 3rd November 2009 03:51 PM

Both headshell and arm are available as spares. It's well worth to buy an original headshell, I've seen too many with badly made contacts. All this if you are talking about the famous '1200's. Where do you live? :xeye:


kevinkr 3rd November 2009 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by Netlist (
<snip> Where do you live? :xeye:


Yeah, I was kind of wondering the same thing..

ashok 4th November 2009 01:51 AM

Hey guys , thanks for the concern. So you want to ship me a coffin ? I'm about 5'10" ! Thanks ! :D

You didn't look closely at some of my posts. I live in Chennai ( previously called Madras ) in India.

Yes it's a SL-1200 and I also have a SL-Q3 . I might need to change the mat on the SL-1200 as it's very hard now and won't flex at all. Was it always that way ? My headshell's are fine ( I have a few of them ) . I only need the washer which is at the connector end. A thin black ring. I guess I'll make one with something. Must be hard to find separately.

Both turntables are very nice. I still haven't got my TD-124AB / SME set up. I need to change the present plinth which isn't good at all. Wonder how this old combination will compare. Any idea ? The SME 3009 setup's I have heard over the years sounded great but I couldn't compare them against other turrntables. Even heard the 12 inch version with a V15 on it , TD124 , Truvox tube amp ,Wharfedale Dovedale 3 system , in the late 60's! Was great at that time.


ashok 4th November 2009 01:59 AM

Here is a picture.
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This is the SL-1200 ( Classic ?). It's not a Mk I or II etc.

binspaul 4th November 2009 03:18 AM

Hi Ashok,

The spares are available in Madras....

Best regards,

ashok 4th November 2009 04:49 AM

Hi Bins,
Thanks for the info. Who has it ? OK let me clarify what I might want.
A platter mat and maybe a spare headshell.

binspaul 5th November 2009 07:17 AM


Please contact Mr. Suresh Raja on: +919847278171. He is right now in Cochin, Kerala.

Best regards,

ashok 5th November 2009 10:04 AM

Thanks. Will check it out.

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