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Shing02 + DJ $HIN's New Icon Series Dedicated to the Technics SL-1200 Turntable

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2013 08:21am | Post a Comment
"I think it's beautiful that we all contributed to this cultural movement of hip-hop, though some unwillingly, from the engineers to the marketing guys to the DJs, that's how instruments change history when they're taken out of the original context.. Just like how the Hammond organ was designed for church music and Leslie speakers came along to jazz things up, or when distortion was introduced to the electric guitar, and so on. The invention of mixing breaks and scratching transformed the idea of music as we know it, and it owed a great deal to Technics SL-1200s, which was only meant to be a high-end record player for audiophiles." - That's DJ/producer/musician and occasional contributor to the Amoeblog Shing02 talking to me recently on his clearly passionate feelings towards the Technics SL-1200 turntable and its importance to DJ and hip-hop culture. His admiration for the Technics turntable is so great that, along with fellow  SL-1200 fanatic DJ $HIN, Shing02 recently unveiled the webpage Wheels of Steel: Technics SL-1200 series folder icons dedicated exclusively to that  beloved DJ instrument that a few years ago, to the shock of many DJs, ceased being manufactured.

As both a fan and practitioner of hip-hop Shing02 says that he cannot but hold deep respect and love for the Technics SL-1200. It was this feeling of awe for the turntable as to why he and DJ $HIN decided to set up the the icon series dedicated to "one of the most impressive runs in modern design achievements." The icons in the image above were each assembled from dozens of pictures found online, and reflect every model upgrade including function, buttons, lights, and finish. The website also outlines the history of the model which began back in 1970 when Japan's Matsushita Electric (later to become Panasonic Corp.) introduced direct-drive turntables (SP-10), updating and upgrading the model throughout that decade. It was in 1972 when they introduced the SL-1200 MK1. The website notes how the 1210 series was the European counterpart to the 1200s as well as how the company continued to manufacture many direct drive models before the MK2 in 1979 which would go on to become "the de facto industry standard." The following three decades of models resulted in only minor alterations in design. The very last model would be the MK6 Technics SL-1200 model in 2008. Two years later, in October 2010, the company ceased all production of the beloved turntable. Below is my conversation with Shing02 about the turntable and the new icon series whose future updates will include interviews with some retired Technics engineers.

Amoeblog: What made you guys decide to do this icon series dedicated to the 1200's?

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Congratulations to the Winners of Our Record Store Day Contest!

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2013 04:08pm | Post a Comment

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To celebrate this year’s Record Store Day, we held a contest to give away Denon Turntables to two first place winners and our grand prize of a turntable, choice vinyl (180 gram, limited-edition titles) and a $100 gift certificate to Amoeba.

We’re pleased to announce the winners. Laura G. won the grand prize after entering at Amoeba Hollywood during the recent performance by Julieta Venegas.

Our two first-place winners came from our San Francisco and Berkeley stores. In SF, Cooper K. was our big winner. In Berkeley, it was Sandy R.

Congratulations to all of the winners! And thanks to everyone who entered. We received more than 10,000 entries, making it one of our top three contests ever.

Our turntables come courtesy of Needle Doctor, in partnership with Filter magazine.

Didn't make it to Record Store Day? We still have RSD releases for sale in-store and online.

Our next contest is for two pairs of tickets to see Icelandic songstress Bjork at either the Craneway Pavillion in Richmond, Calif., or the Hollywood Palladium. Enter here now.

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Super Saturday Sale at All Amoeba Locations, February 23rd!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 11, 2013 04:51pm | Post a Comment

In celebration of the best day of the week, all three Amoeba store locations are offering up some big savings next week!

On Saturday, February 23rd, get 20% off all turntables, headphones, and t-shirts at each Amoeba location! This sale is limited to stock on hand and is for one day only, so you won't want to miss it.

SidewalkSaleTo sweeten the deal even more, Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on the same day. Score some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, DVD box sets, books and more Saturday 2/23 in front of the store from 12PM - 5PM.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

Super Saturday Sale at Amoeba Stores

 

New Year's Day Sale at All Amoeba Stores

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 28, 2012 12:05pm | Post a Comment

Someone once said that what you chose to do with the first day of the new year sets the tone for the entire year to come. If there is any truth to that, then you won't want to miss Amoeba Music's New Year's Day Sale on January 1, 2013! Each of the three Amoeba store locations is ready to fix you up for 2013 with amazing deals on t-shirts, headphones and select turntables.

Also, please note that our stores have special holiday hours on New Year's Day: SF and Berkeley are open 12-7PM; Hollywood 12-8PM.

Don't miss this ONE DAY ONLY sale on January 1 at our stores:

  • 20% off all T-shirts and Headphones
  • 20-25% off select turntables (limited to stock on hand)

 

Turntable models on sale at Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley:

  •  Audio-Technica USB (reg. $199.99, on sale for $159.99)
  • Jensen JTA-460 USB (reg. $149.99, on sale for $119.99)

 

Turntable model on sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

  • Crosley Black Suitcase USB CR6249A-BK (reg. $159.99, on sale for $119.99)

New Year's Day Sale at Amoeba

 

Super Weekend Sale and Even More Chances to Save at Amoeba SF & Berkeley!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 3, 2012 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music wants to turn your holiday shopping trip into an adventure of savings!

This Saturday (December 8th), all Amoeba locations will hold a special celebration of savings with:

-- 20% off all turntables (plus get a $10 coupon and goodie bag with your turntable purchase!!)

-- 20% off all T-shirts

-- 20% off all headphones

And get this! Amoeba Berkeley is EXTENDING their sale into Sunday as well! So save big at Amoeba Berkeley all weekend long!

As if that weren't enough, Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley are running Ten Days of Savings through December 10th, which means you can save 10% off EVERYTHING in the store (not to be combined with any other discounts, like the Saturday Sale on turntables, t-shirts, and headphones). SO, go on and get some Pro-Ject speakers or anything else you want while you’re here too!

With these kinds of savings, you can't afford to stay home!

 

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