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Old 02-16-2017, 08:14 PM
SDsailor SDsailor is offline
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TEAC A-1200U worth picking up?

Hi all,

I found a Teac A1200u at my local thrift and I am debating if it is worth picking up. The case is thrashed being that the veneer is peeling away in some parts and the front metal face has a ding. It is missing the power cable so I was not able to plug it in and test it.
The only good thing is the price, it is less than five bucks. But I think it would need a lot of work and it is an older model.

The heads look good not a lot of wear that I could see from my untrained eye.
So what do you guys think? any opinions? It is a 3 motor 3 heads rtr after all.
Should I add more projects to the ones I already have?

Thank you for any comments/suggestions you might have.
Old 02-17-2017, 02:19 AM
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For that price I would grab it for parts, and hope it could be fixed up.
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Old 02-17-2017, 04:56 AM
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$5= MINE! Yes pick it up for that!
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:11 AM
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You can put an IEC socket in it and then use a computer cord. There will be some work involved in restoring it. It all depends on the heads. It could be a good practice deck to start repair- if you are looking for a plug and play this is too old to be a perfect unit.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:19 AM
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$5=have fun with it!
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:47 AM
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Be careful. Make sure that you get a solid 3 month in-house parts and labour warranty. You don't want your $5 to go down the drain.
Seriously, the A1200 was highly rated in Consumer Reports around 1968.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:41 PM
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Hi guys,

Thank you for all your comments and suggestions.
I will stop by tomorrow and see if it is still there wich it will probably will be since it looked pretty trashed out.

Good idea about the power cord Sam and an easy fix.

Actually the only thing that kept me back was that my storage room its already packed with the several rtr's, stereos, speakers and turntables not including the yard tools and such.

Audiomayvin, That's a funny one :-)

Have a great weekend!
Old 02-17-2017, 09:43 PM
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And yes I can use the practice and have fun at the same time.
Like someone said here on another post. The sense of accomplishment when you can get a piece of gear back to life or al least try.


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