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Pioneer PL12D - Feb 21

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Pioneer PL-12Dwith Shure Cartridge


Pioneer PL-12D

With Shure Cartridge

Made in Japan in the mid 1970’s, this model was the first of the Japanese belt drive players to be made available in the UK.

Fitted with an excellent vintage Shure MM cartridge, with genuine and perfect Shure stylus, this vintage belt-drive turntable is in full working order and beautiful physical condition (see close-up pictures). Motor smooth and quiet, main bearing fine, arm bearings and geometry all spot-on and 33 & 45 speeds are accurate & stable. Ready to plug-and-play when connected to the MM phono input of your amplifier.

Transport screws are present and will be used for safe shipping.

The last picture is from the 1975 Hi-Fi Year Book.

The following information and specifications are from the excellent website:

The PL-12D motor drives the platter not via a system of trouble prone idlers but via the tried and true Pioneer belt transmission, shutting out motor vibrations and rumble while improving the overall signal to noise ratio.

The belt, made of a durable polyurethane, resists temperature changes as well as ageing remarkably well.

The 4-pole synchronous motor features highly accurate and stable speed and revolves with practically no vibrations.

Stability is further improved by the fine machining of the zinc-alloy platter.

To keep the stylus tracking perfectly along the centre of the record groove, a specially developed spring activated anti-skating device is provided - its effect is to guarantee fine channel separation when playing stereo records.

The lightweight and light tracking tonearm is shaped for almost perfect geometry and minimum tracking error.

What's more, it is equipped with an absolute lateral balance weight so that vertical stylus movement will not lead to lateral unbalances.

With its dark brown, walnut finished base and balanced black-silver colours, the PL-12D looks like the precision instrument it is.


• Motor: 4-pole synchronous motor
• Drive: belt driven
• Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
• Speed accuracy: 1.0% or less
• Wow and flutter: 0.1% WRMS
• Rumble: 47dB
• Platter: 30cm aluminium alloy
• Tonearm: s-shaped pipe
• Effective length: 221mm
• Dimensions: 430 x 160.5 x 349mm
• Weight: 7.5kg


Payment accepted via PayPal, Bank Transfer, Personal Cheque or cash on collection.

Economical worldwide shipping via UPS or FedEx - Expertly packed, tracked and insured.


Please contact us either by telephone on 01883 340073
or by sending and email to
if you are interested in purchasing this item.


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