Technics 55th Anniversary SL-1210GAE Limited Edition Direct Drive Turntable

Well this looks rather swish in Batman black. Expensive at circa 4K GBP, and only 1000 being made (700 allocated to Europe)…

From the Technics website…

Special and exclusive specifications of the SL-1210GAE 55th anniversary model

1. All-black colour scheme
The SL-1210GAE’s 10-mm-thick aluminium top panel sports a meticulously anodized black brushed hairline finish. In addition, the operation buttons and tonearm also employ a high quality black finish that results in a uniform, premium appearance.

2. Special badge inscribed with a serial number
The SL-1210GAE is wholly made in Japan by skilled artisans’ hands, with a significant level of hand-made processes to ensure the highest quality possible. The top panel features a special badge, inscribed with the unique serial number to signify that it is a 55th anniversary model.

3. Insulator
*The specially developed zinc insulator features αGEL™, a soft gel-like material with excellent shock absorbing properties which is also used on the highly acclaimed, ‘flagship’ SL-1000R reference turntable. The high-density zinc die-cast housing offers superb vibration damping characteristics and excellent long-term reliability. The new insulator effectively isolates the turntable from external vibrations, ensuring completely undisturbed music reproduction whilst preserving every fine nuance and detail within the musical signal. *

αGEL™ is a trademark of Taica Corporation registered in Japan and/or other countries.

4. Strobe light ON-OFF switch
Turning off the strobe light allows the listener to concentrate more effectively on the music, especially in dimmed environment.

Product features of the SL-1210GAE

Coreless Direct Drive Motor
*Conventional analogue turntables have problems with degradation in sound quality caused by factors such as minute speed vibration during rotation and rotation irregularity called “cogging.” In the SL-1210GAE, the use of a coreless direct-drive motor (with no iron core) eliminates cogging. Also, the twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load whilst maintaining high torque, and also reduces minute vibration during rotation. These factors enable reproduction of the warm, high-level detailed sound available from analogue vinyl records. *

High-Precision Motor Control Technology
The application of motor control technology developed for Blu-ray devices, and switching the drive mode depending on the operational status of the motor achieves a high starting torque and high speed stability for optimum playback.

Three-layered Turntable Platter
The turntable features a three-layered construction with a rigidly combined brass top-plate, an aluminium die cast core platter and a solid rubber coating covering its entire rear surface to eliminate unwanted resonance, thereby achieving overall superior rigidity and vibration damping. This delivers smooth rotational stability and high inertial mass surpassing the SP-10MK2 (the direct-drive turntable standard used by broadcast stations worldwide), as well as having more than twice the inertial mass of the SL-1200MK5.

High-level Balance Adjustment
When the weight distribution of the turntable is uneven, excess vibration or noise occurs during rotation, which causes degradation in sound quality. To counteract this, the balance of the turntable is adjusted at the factory by using specialised high-precision balance adjustment equipment for each and every item after the turntable is assembled. Turntables that have undergone adjustment are labelled with a sticker reading “BALANCED” to indicate that individual adjustment has been done.

High-Sensitivity Tonearm
The tonearm employs lightweight magnesium which has a high damping effect, with cold drawing improving the characteristics of the material and achieving the high-precision required. In addition, high initial-motion sensitivity is attained by employing the traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction with the horizontal rotation axis and the vertical rotation axis intersecting at a single central point, as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing.

High-Quality Terminals
*The use of brass-milled and gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals prevents degradation in sound quality while enabling the easy attaching and detaching of cables. Also the use of metal shielding construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise. *

Four-layered Cabinet Construction
A hairline-processed, 10-mm-thick black top panel of immaculate aluminium is added to a three-layered construction of aluminium die-cast, BMC(Bulk Moulding Compound), and heavyweight-class rubber. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity necessary for superb vibration damping with a superior solid build and a luxurious finish and feel.


I like the look of it and the spec. is interesting .

I think it sells for £3,999.

I used to have an SL1210 back in the day and would like to see and play this new one.


I think you would be better played to get an old one and have it pimped up with new bearing, arm, separate power supply and a whole load of support resonance control gubbins from many U.K. Guys.


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Nice! Would be curious on a comparing vs Rega P10.

Really nice indeed, would love to own one.

Are you thinking of trading in your P10 already?

I have an Rp10. Recently tried to trade it for a P 10, but the trade was too low.
I was just wondering, without the desire to buy, just to know how it compares vs the P10 or Rp10.

I swapped my Planar 6 (with an exact cartridge) for a SL-1210GR last year because I encounter too much problem with the Planar (mainly linked to the motor : misalignment, hum, slightly fast speed not perfectly corrected with the neo PSU).

I play it with a “modest” Nagaoka MP-150 & a Project Tubebox SE II to Uniti Nova and Harbeth PE3ESR.
It really sings and give me more foot taping than ever with the Planar.
Settings are easy, speed is stable and spot on 33.33 : no more necessary to hurt my head on wall.

It is made in Japan but it can sing like a UK turntable and it is build like a tank.


I am seriously thinking about demoing one of these and swap out my RP6…

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MAIN T.T. ORBE/SME 4 2nd tt technics 1210 g REPLACED HEADSHELL ortifon replaced mat with funk mat fitted chord phono cable , use a weight 600gm denon 103 .it is close to the orbe with out question

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Even though I am quite the Rega fan, when I upgrade I intend to demo a version of the Technics 1200 direct drive player, as I don’t think i’ve ever heard one in a Naim system, so I’d be curious to compare one with a top end Rega / Linn / Clearaudio / Michell / Kuzma etc.

I think these all black versions will sell out very quickly indeed!

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After hearing a 1200G…I dropped a deposit on a 1210GAE

Now the waiting game for stock!


I got one. It came last week. I love it. My WT will be go to another home. The strength of DD is timing, which works brilliantly with Naim. The SL-1210GAE does pretty much everything else damn near flawlessly too. In every regard, a great 'table. I’m awaiting a new cartridge at the moment. Other TT makers should be very concerned.


I am patiently waiting for mine. I demoed a G and it blew away my own RP6 and while had different qualities it equaled the LP2 that I also demoed.

Did it not come with a Nagaoka cartridge? Was it a UK model?

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Agree completely. I’ve had mine for 2 weeks. I’ve been selling all my other TT and arms since!!!


Please pictures in the Show Us Your Turntable thread.

It’s unravelling without new photos

Thanks :blush:


Other than the odd Michell and some LP12 , generally not envious, but for that I will make an exception.

Thank you for sharing

A thing of Beauty enjoy !!!

Very nice! Congratulations on the purchase @OpenD and @MIDUN :slight_smile: