We reported on the return of the legendary SL-1200 back in January, and today the first batch of 300 units destined for the Japan market sold out…in only 30 minutes, despite the hefty price tag of 356,400 yen (or about USD 3,300) each.

900 additional units will be made available for international sales, but there are no dates know yet on when this will happen.

So hopefully now Panasonic will take this success and build on it, by, for example, releasing a more affordable model that can compete with the Numarks and Pioneers out there.

As a quick reminder, here are the specs for the SL-1200GAE

Specification
All New Design for Redefining the Direct Drive Turntable
Twin-Rotor Surface-Facing Direct Drive Motor
Direct Drive Motor Controller
High Sensitive Tonearm
Brass-Top Turntable Platter
Insulator
Technics Definitive Design
Inherited SL-1200 Series
Heavy Aluminium Top Plate

Turntable Speeds
33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm

Variable Range Pitch
±8%, ±16%

Dimensions & Weight
W: 453 mm (17-27/32 inch) H: 170 mm (6-11/16 inch) D: 372 mm (14-21/32 inch)
Approx. 18 kg (39.7 lbs ) *Tentative *Height including dust cover

Terminal
Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1

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