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Old 3rd July 2006, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Technics 1210 MK2 Expertise wanted

Hello,

I recently purchased a technics 1210 MK2 used from a friend and was unable to test it so I trusted him on its functionality, wrong move.

It seems that the table is not pushing enough sound to mixer/receiver. I have tried it on multiple channels but the sound coming from it is very low. What could be the cause of this? Thanks
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Old 3rd July 2006, 05:58 PM   #2
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Welcome sikniks,
Did you use the Phono input?

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Old 3rd July 2006, 06:10 PM   #3
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Yes, I am not sure if the RCA's have gone bad or something on the inside dealing with the power distribution.
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Old 3rd July 2006, 06:30 PM   #4
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Turntables do not feature any power for the signals, they are just wires from the cartridge. Sounds like you are trying to plug it into a line in not a phono in.

If the wires were faulty you would just get intermittent sound not quiet sound.
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Old 3rd July 2006, 06:31 PM   #5
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If the table spins, all is fine with the power distribution.
A few other things happen with the 1210's that can lead to your problem.
0) Bad cartridge or needle.
1) RCA plugs.
2) Signal cable.
3) The connections between the arm and the head shell. I frequently encountered problems with concorde-like head shells.
4) It happens that the contacts of the arm are oxidized.
Try cleaning them gently with a cotton stick and alcohol.
5) Worst case is the wiring inside the arm. A new arm is the only solution.

A lot can be measured with a simple ohmmeter.

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Old 3rd July 2006, 09:51 PM   #6
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0) Have tested this one
1) The actual plug part or the whole cable? And just replace them to test it?
2) Not sure what this is nor how to test it.
3) Indeed they are concorde-like head shells, Ortofon DJ cartridges.
4) Will try this tonight.
5) Let's hope it's one of the others.

Thanks a lot, I will look into what I can and post an update later.
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Old 3rd July 2006, 09:51 PM   #7
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What size ohmmeter would I need?
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Old 4th July 2006, 02:20 PM   #8
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any one you can get should do
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I successfully replaced the tonearm wiring inside a 1210 a few years ago when I was even more of an amature. than I am now. I did it as a favour for a friend who was known for his sometimes aggressive nature and physical strength.
Those 1210's are just like those Russian dolls. Layer after layer of stuff till you get to the centre!! He came round half way through the job to see his beloved Technics in a lot of pieces. He seemed a little unconvinced.
Still runs perfectly today 6 years later and I'm still alive.
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Old 5th July 2006, 03:31 AM   #10
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Like Netlist said, Concordes don't always make good electrical connections with the Technics tone arm contacts. Licking the contacts can be a temporary fix, or treating them with Cramolin or Stabilant 22 should provide a more lasting solution.
Can you try another headshell/cartridge combo?
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