I have owned this board from 2003 to 2007 (when I sold). I used it mainly to mix the tempo, and just listening. The cell used was an Ortofon OM-DJ.
Technically, the main points to remember are:
T torque 2.2kg.
T pitch + / -10%.
T he right arm 'long' is a special cell (inclined) which does not allow the use of a cell type "matches".
L a function "reverse".
T pitch bend.
The display (to the nearest tenth).
L I must admit, I was first attracted by its design. And yes, it's a nice glossy black tape immediately to the eye. I was also captivated by the affected during the test in store before buying. In the long run, considering the fact that I really cared, I was pleasantly surprised to see that she had hardly aged in 4 years. Also, I've never had to get it fixed, I never had any problems, whether at home or in the evening (she turned all night non-stop on several occasions). I have nothing to blame the pitch is very accurate. The "reverse" and the display, which is equipped with platinum, were new to me, I found it very interresting and useful. I also enjoyed the pitch bend ("+" button and "-" button) found on some turntables. By holding down the "-" button, it instantly goes to the current position of the pitch to -10%. Ditto for the "+" button that goes to 10%. I used mainly the "-" button by pressing it a little tweak, which allowed me to slow down the disk very cleanly, instead of slowing down the tray on the finger or shaking the axis (according to the practices of each) . I think this is not just a gadget but a comfortable mix. The "+" button has never served as much less effective (it speeds up the set much too fast). Of course, unless the button to take the game over the years, but still worked. Finally, I emphasize the fact that its use is very similar to that of a Technics and requires no adjustment period to go from one stage to another.
T long right arm (with the cell is tilted) was the only thing that worried me during the purchase. This proved to be the major flaw of this plate (primarily dedicated to scratch). The arm is still difficult to adjust for stability. In the mix, it's not very annoying. Against by velcro ... I would say that this deck has unfortunately not an arm optimized for scratch. The plastic shell, which broadcasts the slightest shock in the speakers, I played a few rounds in the evening, especially on large sound systems where the slightest "touch" was amplified. The two buttons "pitch bend" can be switched by mistake, but that does not personally ever happened to me. Finally, I do not think this is the best choice for those who leave their plates every weekend. It seems much more suited for use in home studio and mix amateur.
T he price / quality ratio was not his strong point when it was released. The plate was displayed in the store at 550 euros, while a Technics costs between 50 and 100 euros less. Today, when we see its price on the second hand market, it is well worth the blow to address it. Be careful though, the engine a little tired over time, which causes a decrease in torque.
W ith the experience, if I do it again this election ... This is one of the decks I was most pleasantly surprised by its reliability over time (as long as you treat it) that accompanied me every day for several years without any failure. A beautiful object that works very well! How will I regret having bought ...