If you’ve ever DJed anywhere or worked at a radio station, chances are you’ve been exposed to the Technics SL-1200 turntable. After it was introduced in 1972, it gained a well-earned reputation as one of the toughest and most reliable turntables ever made. And when you consider the rise of rap, hip hop and turntablism, you can make a very good argument that the SL-1200 was also one of the most important musical instruments of the last fifty years. Sadly, Technics ceased manufacturing the 1200 in 2010, even as vinyl was taking off. Good news, though. Earlier this year, Technics displayed a brand new turntable—not a model like the 1200, but a turntable nonetheless—signaling that the company is getting back into making turntables. Could a new version of the 1200 be far behind? Let’s hope so.
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