Panasonics' Technics 1200 was first released in 1972 to the consumer market, featuring an S-curved tonearm and an impressively precise pitch control. Because of the simple yet well-built design of this model, the 1200 quickly became popular among DJs and record enthusiasts alike. Four decades later, this record player would remain to be one of the most used tools in the DJ industry. Along the way, consumers began modifying parts to create a more custom feel to their equipment. Changing the colour and bulb strength of the stylus, or record light, can be done at home with a few adjustments.
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Things you need
- #2 Philips head screwdriver
- Precision screwdriver set
- Replacement LED bulb
- Wire stripper
- Soldering iron
- Electrical tape
Unplug your turntable. Unscrew the tonearm from the Technics 1200 and remove it carefully. Place this part to the side and out of the way to prevent damage.
Flip your turntable over onto it's topside so that you can access the underside. Carefully unscrew each of the 20 screws that hold the bottom piece in place. Set all of the screws aside.
Pull the bottom rubber piece off of the turntable once all screws have been removed. Unscrew the foot pads with your hand, turning each counter-clockwise until they are removed. Locate the stylus light in the middle of this turntable and unscrew the fastening assembly. Pull this up and out the turntable.
Remove the small screw that holds the bulb to the stylus assembly with a Philips precision screwdriver. This tiny screw is difficult to remove without this particular tool. If necessary, use a pair of pliers to grip the precision screwdriver so that you can turn the screw with enough torque to loosen it.
Pull each of the wires out from the stylus housing unit. These wires may not budge at first, but will eventually loosen with enough work. Pull the old bulb from the white holder in a similar fashion. Clip the wires once the bulb has been removed.
Strip the wires about 3/4 to a full inch so that the copper insides are more exposed for the new bulb installation.
Solder the new LED bulb to the newly-stripped wires, making sure that the solder is as small as possible. Wrap the wires with a small piece of electrical tape Slide the bulb back into the plastic holder and screw into the assembly.
Reassemble the rest of the Technics 1200 in the exact way you took it apart. Make sure all parts are assembled tightly to ensure the accuracy of this turntable during use.
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