The evolution of the Technics SL-1200 turntable – an interactive timeline

The evolution of the Technics SL-1200 turntable – an interactive timeline

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With the everyone’s favourite turntable back in production again, here’s our timeline tribute to the iconic Technics SL-1200 series.

Follow our interactive timeline as we travel through new marks, iterations and occasional gold and Japanese limited editions of the SL-1200 series. Kicking off with the world’s first direct-drive turntable and finishing with the forthcoming SL-1200G/AE model (due this year), click above to explore.

  • Dave

    Interesting timeline, thanks.

    Any idea when exactly the SL-1200MK1 ceased production? I know they made it at least until 1976.

  • Jari Råback

    Actually, the SP-10 was “an SL” – when it came equipped with the arm and base, it was named SL-1000.

  • gnosis

    Did someone use MS Paint to cover a logo on the 1210MK2 slip mat?

  • Daniel Fibrile

    What is about the SL-1300? I once bought a used one for my brother years ago. he cover of the 1210 fits this one, too! Which was good because I needed to replace it 🙂

  • MBart

    The 1200 LTD was introduced in 1997, no? It marked the 25th anniversary of the original SL-1200, which was released in 1972.

  • dteil

    where is the

    Technics SL-1700 MKII, built between 1979-1981 ( I think)?

    As usual here on this Site: A lousy documentation of this timeline!