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Tips for Choosing DJ Turntables

So you've decided to take the plunge and get your first set of DJ turntables. Whoooa! Not so fast my friend. Don't spend any money until you have a firm idea as to what type of DJing you will be doing.

But let's take a look at the most common turntable for DJs - the Technics SL 1200/1210.

The Technics SL 1200/1210 has a long history. They were first used in radio stations for DJ's (when radio personalities and DJs were the same person) to play the 12 inch single play and long play records. This was a move from the 45's. Since then the Technics Turntables have been the choice for most DJs who are getting their feet wet. This turntable was and is still the most popular choice for DJing.

For the most part turntables are made the same way. They have the same parts. When choosing your DJ turntable make sure you consider these features.

Direct Drive vs. Belt Drive - Direct drive has a better torque meaning you have better control over how fast the record will start and stop. The cheaper, less superior belt drives give you less control because it looses torque in the transfer of power from the belt to the plate. Simply put the more control, the better.

Tone Arm - The tone arm has a long neck with an “S” shape arm at the end where the cartridge gets connected. At the base of the tone arm is the height adjustment. Use this to adjust your tone arm up and down in conjunction with the anti-skate mechanism for proper tone arm balance.

Anti-skate - At the base off to the right of the tone arm there is the anti-skate mechanism. It gives the tone arm just enough balance as not to skip when playing.

Counterweight - The counterweight is located at the end of the tone arm and is used to give the proper balance for the tone arm itself as not to damage the needle when playing your vinyl.

Pitch Control - The pitch control needs is a must because the 33 and 45 RPMs (Revolutions Per Minute) settings are not enough. Your pitch control should be on the right hand side and have a +/ - range of 8%.




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