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Old 04-12-2013, 05:39 PM
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A Yamaha KX 1200U find

An annoying errand I needed to run this morning lead me into a very nice find. After said errand was finished I hit a thrift on impulse. They had several nice decks but the Yamaha KX 1200U stood out as something special. I was only able to test it for very basic operation but it was in decent enough condition to shell out the less that $12 they marked as. I guessed it was a good model as it is huge and is the heaviest cassette deck I've picked up. Even heavier than my big Akai which is pretty stout.

After getting it home I did a quick go through and discovered that there are a couple of things that need attention. First is the right channel on DBX is dead. Everything else in record and playback are fine. The second is it struggles to fast forward or rewind. I'm guessing idler tire. There are also 2 control facia finishers missing but can be easily fabricated. The buttons themselves work fine.

Anyway I've cleaned it up and have made a serious recording on it. This deck sounds magnificent! It's list of features are quite long but go something like this. ; Dolby B & C, DBX II, HXPRO, auto bias and manual fine tune bias, 3 heads, dual capstans, memory, timer, search, wireless remote, separate L& R record levels with master volume.

I've already downloaded a service manual to assist in getting it fully sorted out. This deck is a keeper for certain.


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Old 04-12-2013, 05:45 PM
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A KX-1200U for $12!!!!holy CRAP...SCORE!!!!
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:54 PM
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Those are great decks.
You will be rewarded for fixing it up back to spec.
I have one and am very pleased with it.
One of my buttons fell off soon after I got it.
The glue is very weak.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:55 PM
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What perry said! Also to find one in that color is pretty special too.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:19 PM
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Nice find! I got a KX 1200 a little while ago for free with the KX remote but it needs new belts.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:56 PM
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How'd it get bent in half? ;)

Really nice deck. When you get her fixed up, she'll sing.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:05 PM
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You lucky dog! I have never found anything interesting in a Thrift Store. Wow. Great deck! Congrats.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:21 AM
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How'd it get bent in half? ;)

Really nice deck. When you get her fixed up, she'll sing.
Oh no it's not bent it's just lens distortion from the extreme close up I photographed with.

I'll need help sorting out the DBX issue. But so far this deck is a real sonic monster!
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:28 AM
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There are also 2 control facia finishers missing but can be easily fabricated. The buttons themselves work fine.
Lance, how do you plan to go about that? I'd be really interested in fabricating control fascias since one of my Nak's is missing one. But I have no clue how to go about it. Make a mold and pour epoxy?
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:39 AM
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[QUOTE=Lance Lawson;317427]An annoying errand I needed to run this morning lead me into a very nice find. After said errand was finished I hit a thrift on impulse. They had several nice decks but the Yamaha KX 1200U stood out as something special. I was only able to test it for very basic operation but it was in decent enough condition to shell out the less that $12 they marked as.

There is a common theme here, and i need to come to the US and trawl 'Thrift Stores' We have charity shops over here, they check eBay prices and mark stuff accordingly, or sell 'nice' stuff on ebay Don't get me wrong, it is all for a good cause......but the chance of finding a nice Yamaha KX 1200U for 9! Impossible....more chance of me going out for a night with my mates and waking up in a 5* hotel with a panting Kylie by my side (I keep going out with my mates in the vague hope....but...so far...nothing, just empty wallets and a sore head in the morning...Probably a good thing as my wife would stick my hifi where it shouldn't be shoved!..... and she is far nicer than Kylie anyway!) Brownie points time

An excellent find, and a very good deck I am quite jealous...
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:59 PM
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I ran the KX 1200U for several hours yesterday (late into the night actually) and for several more today. I'm becoming ever more impressed with it too. However I really need a user manual in spite of the fact I have a service manual.

On the operation issues the difficulty it was having with fast forward and rewind seem to have disappeared. I went through about a dozen FF and RW cycles and it now operates fine in that mode.

Lastly if anyone knows how to use the bias test function could you please pass this along to me.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:09 PM
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Should be able to find a operations manual in Njord's data base as I uploaded one. Good to hear everything is working.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:27 PM
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I have the same deck, in the common black, though, and a manual..somewhere...I'll look around for it. It has 2 speed FF & Rew, sometimes that may act up. The cal function works pretty well.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:07 PM
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Should be able to find a operations manual in Njord's data base as I uploaded one. Good to hear everything is working.
Thanks downloaded the user manual!
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:11 PM
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I have the same deck, in the common black, though, and a manual..somewhere...I'll look around for it. It has 2 speed FF & Rew, sometimes that may act up. The cal function works pretty well.
I got a user manual now. The 2 speed FF/RW is pretty cool. I really love the bias test feature. I discovered that I had set the bias very accurately by ear for a type I Fuji I tried. Indeed this is a serious piece of equipment.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:44 PM
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The self healing properties of the Yamaha KX 1200U continue! I decided to try the DBX function again and to my amazement it came on and works perfectly now. So the two issues I had with this deck have cleared up on their own. Hard to say whether this will be a permanent reprieve but at least I now that the DBX circuit is not hopelessly blown out.

That said I will be investing in a belt kit and whatever else I feel it needs to go the long haul.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:12 PM
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I really need to look at my C300. It winds but does not play, just a bump forward then nothing. I have the KX-1200 OM and K 1020 OM and SM to work from. I just need the time. These are amazing looking machines and I really like the level indicator that starts at what seems to be -500dB and goes all the way up to a hundred or so. And I have read they sound good, too.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:36 PM
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The 1200 is a terrific-sounding machine, one of my favorites. Lance, if you need something, you know where to holler.
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That's a beautiful deck - the finish reminds me of 1980s Kyocera stereo components - and I'm sure it sounds just as good as it looks!
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:14 PM
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That's a beautiful deck - the finish reminds me of 1980s Kyocera stereo components - and I'm sure it sounds just as good as it looks!
Thank you it does stand out. I'm still discovering this deck's sonic secrets and the more I hear of it the more it impresses. The recent operational return of the DBX NR really makes the KX 1200 U shine. I have 4 DBX equipped decks, two Technics and a TEAC. The Technics are OK but "breathe" a little. The TEAC is splendid as is the KX 1200U. I'm happy to report that the TEAC and Yamaha are an excellent match and one can play the other's DBX encoded tapes without issue.

When I get a moment I'm going to post a full review of this deck along with how various tapes perform on it.
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