Wheels of Steel: Technics SL-1200 series folder icons
by Shing02 + DJ $HIN

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release: May 12th 2013, update: January 7th 2017.

The icon series is dedicated to one of the most impressive runs in modern design achievements, the Technics SL-1200s.
Icons were each assembled from dozens of pictures found online, and we tried to reflect every model upgrade including function, buttons, lights, and texture finish.

Needless (but not needle-less) to say, the setup of two turntables and a mixer transformed the concept of dance music, hiphop and turntablism in particular, and all the offsprings the DJing culture spawned in the following decades.

Matsushita Electric (reanamed Panasonic Corp. in 2008) of Japan was the first in the world to introduce direct-drive turntables (SP-10) in 1970. As evidenced by their extensive catalog (Vinyl Engine), they made many different models in the 70's including the SL-1200 MK1 in 1972. (note: the 121o series are the European counterpart to the 1200s for electricical purposes)

Technics continued to produce many direct drive models before MK2 (1979), which became the de facto industry standard. They only made minor model changes until MK6 became the last model in 2008, and ceased all production in October 2010. In 2015, Panasonic annouced to reboot the Technics brand and annouced the GAE model which runs over $3,000 a piece and sold out instantly (hopefully a more reasonable version will be released).

keep the 1200s alive!
a brief history of SL-1200 (cosmetic upgrades)
1972 SL-1200 MK1 the first of 1200 series
1979 SL-1200 MK2 complete remodel, new tonearm assembly, no major changes since
1989 SL-1200 MK3 black version of MK2
1995 SL-1200 LTD limited edition, introduces pitch reset, shell stand
1997 SL-1200 MK3D adds pitch reset, shell stand, new power button
1997 SL-1200 MK4 78 rpm button for "SP" records
2000 SL-1200 MK3D BLK black version of MK3D
2002 SL-1200 MK5 yellow LED lights
2002 SL-1200 MK5G double pitch, glitter body, blue LED, matte tonearm
2004 SL-1200 GLD limited edition gold plated MK5G
2008 SL-1200 MK6 blue LED, matte tonearm, MK6K1 was limited edition release
2016 SL-1200GAE / 1200G Technics reboots and completely revamps the SL-1200
1200GAE: June 24th (limited 1200 pcs), 1200G: September 9th
2017 SL-1200GR the more "affordable" GR model announced, features some black parts, traditional legs, and silver platter

Technics 1800 MK1 & MK2

The 1800 MK2 (included in icons) appears in the classic ”WildStyle”(1983) when GrandMaster Flash is juggling records in the kitchen. It has the same tone arm assembly as the 1200 MK-2, thus making it closer to the MK2 than the 1200 MK1.
also check out:
Technics SL-1200 Interview by DJ $HIN & Shing02 (Japanese)
Legends of Hiphop folder icons
Shing02 + DJ $hin "1200 Ways" mp3

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