What DJ Record Decks Should I Buy?
There is a small group of DJs out there who are in the market for a new turntable. I will assume that most of these guys do not have a pair of Technics 1200s, or perhaps they own a pair want to add to their collection. A newer turntable is kind of a hard offer to pass up these days. Technics 1200s are built like tanks, but since they are out of production, the cost of a newer table might sound more appealing. There are many turntables in the sub five hundred dollar range, and these are pieces that do not get replaced often – so the appeal to buying new is definitely there.
One question that many have not thought of is servicing. There are many shops that can currently fix your 1200, no matter what the problem is. They have spare parts for years to come and they have had decades of experience with fixing them. Can the same thing be done with a Vestax PDX or a Pioneer PLX turntable? Only time will tell if these new super OEM turntables are actually worth their weight, and if they can handle the use and abuse like our old favorite, the 1200.