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FOR SALE: Very Rare Technics SP-20 (1976) Direct Drive Turntable (Japan)

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Info: Very Rare Technics SP-20 (1976) Direct Drive Turntable (Japan)

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Condition: 8 - Very good (?)
Date Posted: Jul 22, 17 16:33 (PST)
Edited: Oct 14, 17 20:43
About Seller: chakster
Russian Federation
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Product Brand: Technics
Product Model: SP-20
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Technics SP-20 (released in 1976) is a budget version of SP-10mk2. The price for SP-20 in Japan was 60 000 Yen back in the day. Don't mix it up with the cheaper SP-10 released in 1969, the SP-20 is a way different (improved, powerful turntable) and it's only one step behind the marvelous hi-end SP-10MK2, they are looks nearly the same! The main different is the internal power supply, the rest of the specs you can read below. Technics SP-20 is wonderful Direct Drive Quartz-Locked turntable with amazing speed stabily, it plays 33 and 45 only.

The SP-20 was released ONLY for Japanese marked in the mid 70s. It has unique wrinkle black finish (special surface treatment of the aluminum die-casting) that you will not find on any other technics models. As you might know, the ultimate boron Technis EPA-100mk2 high-end tonearm is also black color. Technics SP-20 turntable looks simply amazing in that special black finish (Check the pictures). In terms of quality the precision SP-20 easily surpass SP-10,SP15,SP25, SL1200mk2 (mk3d,mk5). The size and shape of the SP-20 is exactly like the SP-10mk2, so any plinth designed for SP-10mk2 works well with SP-20.

The unit i'm selling works fine (high torque, stable rotation, quick start and stop, etc). Cosmetic condition is also fine with a few minor scratches/marks (shown on my pictures). I would say it's a perfect turntable for affordable price, any modern turntables at this price looks like a toys compared to the SP-20! This turntable is very rare and does not turns up for sale often, comes with original rubber mat. All you need is a proper plinth and tonearm of your choice. Some people use those Technics "naked" without plinth, but with tonearm pods. Up to you.

"First introduced in 1969 during the 70's the Direct-Drive Turntable soon became sort of a standard in radio-stations and homes of true audiophiles throughout the whole world. In the end of the 70's japanese companies made some classic machines like the Technics SP-10MkII or SP-20, the Sony PS-X9, the Trio/Kenwood L-07D or the Denon DP-100, with an almost unbelievable amount of creativity, material and quality. A huge advantage of a direct-drive record-player is the fact, that the whole mechanical system consists of just one moveable part (the combined motor-shaft/platter-bearing) which turns quite slow and has a big mass (the platter) attached to it - almost a mechanical ideal for quiet rotation. The resonance of the combined motor/bearing assembly lies in the range of 0,5 Hz due to its slow speed compared with the 50/60Hz resonance of the motor of a typical belt-driven turntable. All belt — or idler-driven record-players incorporate a lot of mechanical parts for adapting the fast speed of the motor to the comparably slow speed of the platter. Each of this parts implies an own sonic footprint by inducing resonances and suffering from bearing-tolerances in this more or less complex mechanical system. Another advantage of good direct-drive decks is speed-stability! Good direct-drive turntables tend to sound very neutral — they deliver what is on the record not less and not more, no foot-whipping effects like some scottish belt-drive — just pure information. Musicality is produced of course, but only if it's on the record. A good direct-drive machine delivers rock-steady positions of instruments, precise timing, high dynamics and razor sharp transients. Classical music has as much authority and weight like with the best high-mass belt-driven turntables — but without their timing-problems in the lower registers. The music lover who is ahead of spectacular effects should give a Technics SP-10MkII a listen — he might well be surprised... Now you are looking at the cute Technics SP-20 (1976, Japan) released soon after the SP-10mkII. This younger bro is slightly cheaper, but still super cool, same size and shape as the ultimate SP-10mkII."

If you will plug it in the 110-220v power socket you will burn it down, make sure to buy step down trans for 100v.

Technical data for TECHNICS SP20 (1976):

Driving System : Servo Controlled Direct Drive

Speed : 33-1/3 and 45 rpm

Platter : Aluminum diecast 32cm, weight 2.5 kg.

Starting torque Characteristic : 1.5kg × cm // Less than 0.7 (90゜) second to reach normal speed (33-1/3 rpm).

Load fluctuation : 1.5kg x cm within 0%

Rotation speed deviation : ±0.002%

Wow & Flutter : Less than 0.025%(JIS C5521)wrms.

S/N Ratio : 60dB(IEC17B) // 73dB(DIN45539B)

Power Consumption : 4W

Inertial mass : 345k × cm2

Outline Dimensions : 368.5 × 99 × 368.5mm

Weight : 8.0kg

Power : 100v / 60Hz


I'm offering FREE REGISTERED SHIPPING from St.Petersburg with International tracking number.
Turntable will be perfectly packed for international transit!

*** PAYMENT: I will invoice the buyer via PayPal, but i do not accept Euro, ONLY USD (i will use XE online currency converter for the actual currenty rate in the day of purchase).

*** Declared value: just tell me the amount you want to be declared for custom control and i will do that.


Technics SP-20 turntable and rubber mat

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