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Technics Confirms SL-1210GAE Limited Edition Turntable Production Run - a Global Edition of 1210 Units

28 July 2020

An extra 210 units of the special edition all-black SL-1210GAE will be available globally.

Wiesbaden, Germany / 28th July 2020 – Technics has been delivering epoch-defining Hi-Fi equipment; including speakers, amplifiers, and audio players – including its iconic turntables - worldwide since 1965.

This year, Technics releases the SL-1210GAE Limited Edition turntable to commemorate its 55th anniversary. This special model is based on the acclaimed SL-1200G hi-fi turntable, and features a desirable all-black colour scheme. 

Since announcing the special edition in early June, the SL-1210GAE sold out almost immediately – leaving Technics with an interesting challenge:

“We’ve been swept along with the excitement surrounding the special edition all-black Technics SL-1210GAE turntable. It’s great to see the that the love for Technics remains undiminished, 55 years into our story. The limited edition sold out globally almost as soon as it was announced. Demand from Technics enthusiasts for a larger allocation was unrelenting, but we had to consider those who had already committed to buy one of the originally intended, highly desirable 1000 pieces”, says Frank Balzuweit, Business Development Manager, Technics Europe. “Striking the right balance between the two groups of Technics fans was important to us. Making more turntables, to go some-way towards meeting demand but, crucially, preserving the integrity of the limited edition. The solution, to hand-make an edition of 1210 pieces achieves this balance, whilst introducing beautiful synchronicity. Whether you’re lucky enough to own number 998/1210 or 1210/1210 – you’ll be sure to have a very special turntable to celebrate our 55th anniversary. But hurry, the extra handful of turntables is destined to sell fast!”

 

Technics SL-1210GAE, 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Model - exclusive specifications, in summary:

1. All-black color scheme
The SL-1210GAE’s 10mm thick aluminum top panel has a beautiful anodized black brushed finish. The operation buttons and tonearm share a high quality black finish – creating a uniform, premium appearance.

2. Special badge inscribed with a serial number
The SL-1210GAE is hand-crafted in Japan by skilled artisans - to ensure the highest possible quality. Each turntable’s top panel features a plaque, inscribed with a unique serial number to signify it is a  limited edition 55th anniversary model.

3. Specially tuned, unique, Nagaoka pickup cartridge provided
Nagaoka, the highly respected turntable cartridge manufacturer with 80 years of heritage, collaborated with Technics engineers to produce the JT-1210 cartridge. The moving magnet cartridge is exclusive to this limited run of Technics SL-1210GAE and has been tuned specifically for the turntable. 

The combined sonic capabilities of the SL-1210GAE and JT-1210 ensure the limited edition package is even more valuable and desirable.

For more information on Nagaoka, please visit: https://www.nagaoka.co.jp/profile/

 

Additional, Technics SL-1210GAE product features:

  • Coreless Direct Drive Motor - to eliminate cogging. Combined twin-rotor to enable a warm, high-level detailed sound from records.

  • High-Precision Motor Control Technology - high starting torque and high speed stability for optimum playback.

  • Three-layered Turntable Platter -  with a rigid brass top-plate; an aluminium die cast core platter and a solid rubber rear surface coating to eliminate unwanted resonance.

  • High-level Balance Adjustment - at the factory in Japan, using specialised high-precision equipment for each and every turntable.

  • High-Sensitivity Tone Arm -  cold drawn lightweight magnesium for a high precision damping effect.

  • High-Quality Terminals -  brass milled and gold-plated phono and ground terminals prevent degradation in sound quality.

  • Four-layered Cabinet Construction -  combines high rigidity necessary for superb vibration damping with a superior solid build and a luxurious finish.