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The new model is based on the SL-1200MK7, released in 2019, and features a golden anodised tonearm and an engraved serial number on the top panel. Included with each turntable is a slip mat with a gold-coloured Technics logo and a 50th-anniversary sticker. Only 12,000 units of the 50th-anniversary SL-1200M7L will be released worldwide, with decks available in seven colours: black, red, blue, white, green, yellow and beige.
The original SL-1200 has been a club staple since being adopted by disco DJs after the deck’s initial release in 1972 and is one of those rare components that blurs the lines between hi-fi and musical instruments.
The design of the SL-1200M7L uses a high rigidity cabinet and damping insulator to minimise vibrations in mixed operating conditions. It also includes a starting torque/brake speed adjustment function, pitch control, reverse play, and a stylus illuminator with a high-brightness, long-life LED.
The SL-1200M7L will be available for pre-order from selected retailers on April 7th for shipment beginning in July, priced at $1099 (around £841 / AU$1459).
To help celebrate the iconic deck’s birthday, Technics will also be hosting a free live-streamed dance event in conjunction with Boiler Room(opens in new tab) on April 7th, beginning at 9 am (EDT). Over seven hours, seven international DJs will perform, each using one of the different colourways of the new SL-1200M7L. The artist line-up is set to include: DJ Koco (Japan), Mala (UK), Ellen Allien (Germany), Gilles Peterson (UK), Shanti Celeste (Chile), Marcel Dettman (Germany) and DJ CRAZE (USA).