Technics quartz synthesizer direct-drive turntables, 1999.
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Technics SL-1200 direct-drive turntables were first released in 1973, and were aimed at professional DJs on the developing club scene. Pairs of these decks, together with a mixer, became the industry standard tool of hip-hop and club DJs throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Model SL-1210 Mk2.