How to clean a technics 1200

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How to clean a technics 1200
Technics model 1200 turntable includes acessories for scratch playing DJs. (record and a DJ image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

The Technics 1200 turntable is an electric appliance with Radio Corporation of America (RCA) lead wires to plug into an amplifier or speaker system. The system includes a turntable mat for playing records. The turntable mat is removable so that a disc slipsheet can replace it for scratch play of records. Turntables need occasional cleaning when they are in heavy use without the dust cover closed. The stylus will skip over records and scratch them if it has dust or fuzz on the tip.

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Things you need

  • T-shirt or soft cotton dust cloth
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Turntable lubricating oil

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  1. 1

    Lift the cue lever at the right rear of the turntable. This will lift the tone arm and stylus off the record. The stylus is the needle point that touches the record to play music.

  2. 2

    Swing the tone arm to the right and place it on the rest.

  3. 3

    Press the "Stop/Start" button on the left front corner to turn the turntable off.

  4. 4

    Pull the record straight up and off the turntable.

  5. 5

    Wipe the turntable mat off with a T-shirt or soft cotton dust cloth to remove dust.

  6. 6

    Pull the turntable mat straight up to remove it and clean the turntable underneath in the same manner. The turntable mat is the area that records rest on for playing.

  7. 7

    Pull the turntable straight up and off the centre spindle.

  8. 8

    Squirt three drops of turntable lubrication oil in the bottom of the spindle. The spindle is the metal part in the centre of the turntable that records surround when in play.

  9. 9

    Replace the turntable and turntable mat on the spindle.

  10. 10

    Hold one hand on top of the tone arm on its rest. Gently brush the stylus with a small soft bristle brush to remove any dust particles. Brush starting from the top of the stylus where it attaches to the tone arm to the tip below.

  11. 11

    Grasp the tone arm near the rear with one hand. Grasp the stylus cover with the other hand and pull it straight out. This action separates the head shell from the tone arm.

  12. 12

    Wipe the head shell terminals with a soft cloth. The terminals are in the stylus end of the tone arm and appear as four pins. Slide the head shell back into the tone arm. Place the tone arm on its rest.

  13. 13

    Grasp the dust cover with one hand on each side and close it. Wipe the top and sides of the dust cover with a soft dry cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Leave the dust cover on a turntable when it is not in use to protect all internal components from dust and debris.
  • Only use dry soft cotton cloths to clean a turntable. Never use a cleaning spray or a dust cloth with cleaners in it. Any moisture can harm turntable components.
  • Do not clean a turntable dust cover while the appliance is operating. This action causes static electricity on the lid and attracts the tone arm to the cover.

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