Panasonic Ends Production of SL-1200 Turntables

By Alvin Blanco

The Technics SL-1200 turntable is dead. Long live the Technics SL-1200 turntable.

Actually, the iconic turntable of choice for DJs, both professional and amateur, for almost four decades isn’t completely gone. Gizmodo is now reporting that Panasonic, owner of the Technics brand, is only ceasing production of the SL-1200MK6 model while others will still be available.

DJs can breathe a sigh of relief, but this isn’t the first time that rumors swirled, saying that the beloved wheels of steel were knocking on death’s door. Just last year there was talk of their demise.

Over the years companies like Vestax and Gemini, and many more, tried in vain to create turntables that matched the specification of the Technics 1200—mainly its direct drive motor with big time torque and a tank like exterior—and while some did, none could match the devotion DJs had to the original.

The fact that, after all these years, this specific turntable is still the standard—it was introduced in 1972 and while there have been tweaks in the past, it is essentially the same—is nothing short of phenomenal. Think about it, the 1st generation iPod, which debuted in 2001, is a fossil compared to the latest sixth generation, which Apple stopped updating in 2008.

Nothing is for certain, nothing lasts forever … but with vinyl sales increasing—independent retailers love to sell them on their stoops in Brooklyn—don’t count out the Technics SL1200 just yet.

Are you sad about the discontinuation of the Technics SL1200? Have any idea what might be able to replace this hardware? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!