PACKING A TECHNICS SL-1200 TURNTABLE FOR SAFE SHIPPING ANYWHERE.
The Technics SL-1200 is built in such a way to be nearly indestructable, but the tonearm is fragile and vulnerable to damage in shipping.
This page will show how we pack 1200's for return after service. It is simple and effective.
It is important to break down the table first. Remove the following items and pack separately:
Next, secure the tonearm with the arm rest lock, and add a sandwich tie
for added security.
It is also a good idea to place a peice of foam rubber under the counterweight stalk. This protects the tonearm bearings from vibration
Now, place the turntable into a tight fitting box, we use a 20 x 16 x 6
box, ULINE #S-4902.
Next, use newspaper around all sides to create a tight fit. In this way, the turntable cannot move side to side.
This next step is very important. cut styrofoam sheets to fit just over
the black plastic motor cover.
Stack them until they are just as high as the top of the box. In this way, when you close the box, the turntable cannot
move up and down. Tape all those styrofoam sheets together so the cannot come apart. It is important to notice
that there is nothing but air around the tonearm. Using peanuts, or even bubble wrap here can result in a damaged or bent
tonearm when the turntable finally arrives at its destination.
Now, place this box into a larger 24 x 18 x 12 box, ULINE part #S-4801.
Here you can use peanuts or paper to fill the gaps. I don't reccomend using sheets of styrofoam here because they really do not
absorb impact as well as peanuts or crumpled newspaper.
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