Second handed turntables

Discussion in 'DJ's, MC's & Turntablism' started by ilovelondon, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. ilovelondon

    ilovelondon Call me Jens.

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    A mate from my class (plays minimal) said recently that he's quite scared of buying technics secondhanded, because lots of people temper with it. He said something about changing something pitch control related (?) with a screwdriver, and then he would have to set it back right and all, and that this would take him hours to get it back right.

    I don't know what the fuck he's talking about (could be something else than pitch though, it's been a while that he was talking about this), since i don't own decks myself to play on. Would want to get some in the future though. But just curious about this atm.

    Do you think he's talking about tempering with the pitch so that it doesn't stay lineair? Or is he just bullshitting at 100 mph?

    Also, what's the quartz spec on decks? Is it something to lock the pitch, so it stays lineair? I'm just guessing here, lol.

    Don't know shit about all this, so please enlighten me with all your turntable wisdom.
     
  2. Scatcat

    Scatcat It don't mean shit

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    I'm sure this is plausible, but there's no logical reason why someone would tamper with the decks like that - what would they gain from it?
     
  3. ilovelondon

    ilovelondon Call me Jens.

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    beats me man, maybe to increase the pitch range or something. Cheers for the spelling too, had no clue.
     
  4. ScottyEightSix

    ScottyEightSix HUGE EARS > COMEDY CHIN

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    Lots of mods you can do on Technics.

    Change the pitch range
    Remove the click on the pitch fader
    Remove the 0% when the green light is on

    An a quartz lock sets your turntable back to 0%, basicly just a quick way of going back to 0% pitch without having to move the fader.
     
  5. ilovelondon

    ilovelondon Call me Jens.

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    cheers scotty. My amount of knowledge is getting bigger ;)

    Is it possible then that you're mixing, and get it synced (really synced) but after a few seconds it's gone off beat again? And i mean not by not doing the beatmatch good enough, the pitch is 100% correct, and still it goes off beat. Could this be the case when you're buying them second handed? Because this is what i think this guy said his fear of second handed technics was...
     
  6. groelle

    groelle Well-Known Member

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    yeah thats perfectly possible. motors wear out on technics aswell... minor problem tho imo.