Technics SL-1200 has been since its first release in 1972 the prefered gear for DJs and music lovers around the world. Synonym of quality, robustness and reliability, SL-1200 users have reported using the turntables for more than 20 years without facing any problem.
I bought my first SL-1200 in 2000 : a brand new SL-1200M3D silver. Then I sold it in 2010 to buy a new SL-1200MK6. Then I sold the MK6 in 2011 and bought a second-hand SL-1200MK3 in 2013. Despite the MK3 is more than 20 years, it just works perfectly. SL-1200 are just unbelievable pieces of gear !
Unfortunately, back in 2010 Technics announced that the SL-1200MK6 released in 2007 would be the last SL-1200 model and that they would stop SL-1200 production to focus on different products lines.
But it took less than 5 years for Technics to realize that vinyl was not dead, and that it was in fact a growing market. The new SL-1200, the SL-1200G, was presented at CES 2016 as a model for audiophiles (at a unbelievably high price point of 4,000 USD). The Technics SL-1200G is supposed to hit the stores end 2016. A limited edition limited anniversary edition SL-1200GAE, of which only 1,200 will be produced, will be avaible during summer 2016.
The Vinyl Factory has created an interactive timeline presenting the evolution of Technics SL-1200, from the 1970 released SL-1200 to the soon-coming SL-1200G.