I was musing to myself that the return of vinyl records and turntables would be just the kind of thing that I’d expect Ikea to jump on. I imagined an Ikea made turntable that matched their minimalist furniture offerings, probably with an unpronounceable (unless you are Swedish) name and was placed strategically in that Ikea meets the Crystal Maze type showroom that you can never escape.
Then I realised that Ikea had already started making bluetooth speakers so maybe, I thought, my fanciful random thought wasn’t too far of the mark.
It is rumoured that a classic workhorse of the music DJ is to stop being manufactured in February 2010. The Technics SL1200 series of vinyl turntables first saw the light of day in 1972 as a Hi-Fi turntable with an improved MK2 model released in 1978 and soon became the DJ’s dependable favourite. It is widely considered to be one of the durable and reliable turntables ever produced. The British Science Museum even has one amongst it exhibits of technology items that have shaped our world.
Much beloved of Hip Hop DJ’s due to the direct drive motor (rather than the belt drive of most Hi-Fi turntables) which easily leant themselves to the 80’s scratching phenomena. Highly accurate pitch controls made them an ideal tool for mixing too.
But demand has been falling as digital decks have become more sophisticated and as vast libraries of sound can now be stored on small memory cards, hard drives and laptop computers.
It is thought the SL-1200 and SL-1210 models will stop production in the new year. Their durability is almost their weakness as there are probably enough working models in circulation to satisfy its increasingly minority niche position with demand no doubt easily satisfied by the second user market.
If the rumours are true it will truly be the end of an era for many.