It looks like turntables are actually dead, for real this time.
Since the 70’s, the iconic Technics SL-1200 has been a standard among DJs.
Earlier in the week, we reported on the latest round of turntables are dead rumors. The rumor was that Panasonic was finally killing off the classic Technics DJ turntable.
At the time, I said that “I’ll believe turntables are finally dead when there’s a statement like this on an actual Panasonic or Technics site – and when they pry my Technics can’t-afford-an-SL-1200MK2 second-string turntable out of my cold, dead hands.”
Unfortunately – the website for Panasonic Japan now actually shows the Technics SL-1200 MK6 as discontinued.
They haven’t pried my second-string Technics turntable out of my cold, dead hands yet, though…
So let’s bow our heads, say goodbye to the classic DJ turntable and celebrate 38 years of the SL-1200.
And look forward, remembering that turntablism lives on, as demonstrated by UK DMC Champion JFB, on the Denon DN-S3700 media player:
If you have thoughts of remembrance for the SL-1200, you can leave them below.