Technics SL-1200MKII end of play auto lift.
Theres a lot to be said for tinkering and every so often, you’ve got to love it when it comes together oh so nicely. If i had one gripe with my Technics SL-1200MK2 manual turntable,.. is that every so often its not a SL-1600MK2 wth its fully automatic features. I love my 1200MK2 to death mind you, but you would have figured that the powers that be at Technics would have at least in their infinite wisdom of continuing production with this godlike turntable of turntables would have at least shoe horned in an end of play auto lift mechanism in one of the later revisions for normal folks who dont fancy the torticollis associated with professional dee- jaying. say that fast ten times… 🙂
anyhoo, so i got to figuring out how to build one myself. i didnt want to alter the elegant simplicity of the table in any way. it had to simply fit in place and simply work with no contact to the arm.. none what so ever. oh yes, i also wasnt keen on paying way too much for a vintage model off of ebay. i didnt have access to machining equipment for my first design which kinda followed the lines of what was already available and finally decided to integrate the existing lift mechanism into the end of play auto lift.
I present to you, the Technics SL-1200MK2 end of play auto lift V1. Taa Dah…
Apart from the lift arm which raises the cue lever, there is no other contact. when the tone arm comes to the end of the record, the sensor detects the tone arm and raises the cue lever via the lift mechanism. once the tone arm is pulled away, the lift resets to the down position automatically but leaves the cue lever in the up position. Ive been running it for some time now, its reliable, works like a charm every time.
i initially designed in a mechanism that shuts off the turntable and added a IR remote as well (the IR remote incorporates elegantly and is on my shortlist of to-dos for V1.5), but it then quickly got messy and that defeated the whole point of the thing and have shelved it with a bunch of other ideas for V2 which involves more automation along with a universal standalone V3 that should work with any turntable . im pretty sure the SL-1200MK2s bearings/servo rotor mechanism are up to the task for V1. the entire assembly sits on the table and removing it is as simple as moving the sensor out of the way and sliding it out to the right. I have yet to tidy up V1,… havent given enough thought to its final appearance just yet.
its easy to get ahead of oneself when tinkering, at one point i was pretty sure i was going to take it all the way to end up with what hopefully would have been be a fully automatic sl-1200mkII…. That would be quite something now,.. wouldnt it. Its doable enough.
for the time being, my gripe has been addressed. now, i want to see how far i can take the basic design and its variations. it’ll be fun to see how it all turns out. 🙂