how to change the tone arm on a technics sl 1200/1210 turntable part 2





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Published on Jan 31, 2009

This is a video showing you how you can change your tone arm on a technics SL 1200/1210 turntable.



Remember to set the anti-skating to 0 before removing the tone arm or it will not work correctly when you replace the tone arm.

When de-soldering and re-soldering the wires for the tone try to use lead solder as the solder originally used on the circuit board 90% of the time is leaded solder.

Dont forget to make note of the order the wires went in.

Make sure you store all the crews in a safe place and dont loose them.

if you would like more information on removing the screws from the bottom the link below takes you to another video were i go into more detail.

the part your interested in is about 2:55.


Do not over tighten the 2 screws holding the tone arm to the rest of the assembly the screws in older models are made of aluminum, even the modern brass screws can cross thread easily.

Never turn the turntable upside down without any type of cushion under underneath it you could damage the tone arm, and be careful if youre using the turntable dust cover to support the turntable whilst its upside down the plastic they are made from is very brittle.

Be careful not to break any of the thin wires from the tone arm as they are a very delicate.

Comments • 156

The Dishwasher
Awesome video! You actually made it look a fun thing to do!
Graham Lenton
Thanks so much for these videos. I have a Gemini XL-500 II turnable, which cosmetically looks the same, but of course is a very different animal to the Technics SL 1200 (I know, I know, I know). I use it purely to listen to LPs, no beat matching or any of that stuff. Anyhow, the anti-skate had become loose, and it couldn't be adjusted at all. Your videos gave me the basic technique for getting to the anti-skate mechanism, and it was a simple matter of tightening a single screw to allow the anti-skate dial to offer enough resistance to the spring. It now tracks beautifully. Thanks again !
jacob juzek
I just replaced it on a MK5, the screws are slightly different for the plastic cover, but other than that it's about the same. Great tutorial, no frills, thank you! Here's the tricky part that i dealt with: On the newer tonearms, i guess especially for MK5 the wiring colors are slightly different. It's basically one wire that changed color for who knows what reason. If your replacement tonearm has a brown wire, solder that one where the green one was originally, that's all.
nobby styles
good video, got a tone arm to fit now feel more confident
Neal Burton
Great videos mate, you've helped me no end over the past year but i now have another problem... Like a div, I accidentally moved the anti skate and I heard the spring pop out of tension. I've got my other tone arm laying out as a guide but its hard to tell what I need to do get the tension back in the spring. Any ideas? 
Stuart J 1210
Hey James I need some help one of my decks has a weak anti skate any chance you could make a video tutorial showing us people how to improve the strength 💪 of the anti skate on my 1210, please 😋
I can't thank you enough for this video viper! It was very easy to follow and allowed me to successfully bring my technic back from the dead!
Jon Fisheggs
Thank you for such a thorough and great video! I have a question and figured you'd probably know the answer: I recently received a 1200 MK2 via EBay and the shipper didn't pack it right so the little lifter knob (the piece that comes off tonearm that tonearm lifter pushes up on) on the tonearm broke due to the platter coming off and hitting it during shipment. Do I need to replace just the tonearm tube or will I need the whole tonearm assembly? It plays fine as-is but I want to get that part fixed so it will look almost perfect. I appreciate your expertise, thank you!
Hey VF, I need your help M8...I have one 1210 MK2 with an anti-skate issue. With the tone arm level/3.5g of weight on the cartridge and the deck level I am using a blank vinyl to set up the anti skate. With it on zero it drifts to the centre of the record in about 1/3rd of a platter turn/rotation. If i put the anti-skate to 3 there is no change and the tone arm heads straight to the center of the record again. Is there a way to check for or repair the anti skate or is it a case of replacing the entire arm/bearing assembly? The arm does have some damage to it and the decks have been in storage for 13 years. I have used all your videos to set them up again and this is the last problem. I am running original headshells and Ortofon pro s OM needles which I have set up using the gauge. Trying to do it right eh..
viperfrank this video is excellent except for the part where you put the clamp on the leads at the back of the tone arm - now i'm freaking stuck....
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