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Technics SL-1200/1210 pitch slider replacement and adjustment

So your pitch slider feels like it's full of sand? Time to fix it. This instructable will demonstrate how to replace a worn out pitch slider on a Technics SL-1200/1210 turntable. It will also show how to adjust +6% pitch value if it has drifted or if the new slider has different properties than the original one. I've also added a new shading cloth as the one in my 1210 turned to dust when it was touched.

The most important thing is to remember to DISCONNECT THE TURNTABLE FROM MAINS POWER at all times before the platter is removed! This is both for your own safety and the fact that the motor can be damaged if it's accidentally turned on while the platter is removed.

I bought my new pitch slider from a shop on ebay.co.uk for around GBP 13 and the shading cloth was GBP 2.50 from the same place.

This will probably take an hour or so depending on how handy you are with the soldering iron and desoldering wick.

The information in this Instructable is information I've picked up from several different text based instructions on the net (Technics SL-1200Mk2/SL-1210Mk2 FAQ from hyperreal.org and several more I have not saved). I thought it would be a good idea to document it with pictures for you guys as I was replacing a slider anyhow.

Please note that you do this on your own risk. I've done all steps here several times without any problems. If you damage your turntable or get shocked or similar I am not responsible. If you don't think you are competent enough or your turntable is still under warranty, let a professional do this.
 
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9 times out of 10 if you take the pitch control apart it just needs to be cleaned. If you can remove the pitch control from the board you can do this. Just bend the tabs up and remove the bottom of the pitch control. WARNING!!! If it clicks in the center position watch out for the little metal ball. Take it apart in a rag, you will never find it otherwise. then just clean the board and the brushes. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!! This instructable is spot on with how to do it. GREAT JOB.
krakpot (author)  djtechsupport5 years ago
Thanks for your good comment, it's appreciated. :-) I actually tried to clean the old one and I also tried removing the center click, (but I didn't really like it, so I didn't do this on the new one). However I think this unit was quite old ( the guy who sold it to me said it had been used in his studio in the 80s and in storage since) as the copper lines on the PCB looked worn down. I also think someone had been tinkering with it before as the spring pushing the sliders down on the copper was mounted upside down compared to the new one I had.
tibo6665 years ago
Thnak you very much for your very good Instructables. Nevertheless, I've heard it's possible to buy a pitch directly with the pcb attached...
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