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Technics SL5 (or similar) ground cable

Discussion in 'audio' started by HarryCrumb, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. HarryCrumb

    HarryCrumb pfm Member


    I just got myself a slightly scuffed but fully working Technics SL5. It has the original Technics cartridge bu the stylus was flat as a pancake so I replaced that. Only other issue is the ground cable wasn't included and I'm wondering if anyone knows the type of pin/plug that would fit so I can make my own.

    Failing that, I could buy one off ebay...

    Its a really nice little turntable, my first automatic and I can really see myself getting used to that.
  2. HarryCrumb

    HarryCrumb pfm Member

    Also, the Start button is slightly pushed in, as if it's had a knock at some point. It works fine but perhaps someone has repaired one before. Would be nice to know if it's worth trying to make it look right.
  3. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    They are lovely little things and, once you've used one for a while, you are likely as not to end up coming to the realization that these were the ultimate evolution of the turntable.

    If the ground cable socket is a hole with no male centre pin within, then it is a Ø1/8" (3.175mm) socket, same diameter as the centre pin of an RCA plug (typically Ø3.2mm); in fact, you could push the centre pin out of a spare RCA and solder on to a ground lead, with bare wire or a spade lug connector down the other end.

    As to the start button, suggest you approach from an 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it' perspective, as spares are unobtanium; that is, outside of cannibalization.
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  4. HarryCrumb

    HarryCrumb pfm Member

    I’ve just had a look and a measure and I think your very much bang on there. I will attempt your suggestion of an RCA pin. As for the start button, it ain’t broke so I’ll leave it alone... :)

    Thanks for the help!
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  5. HarryCrumb

    HarryCrumb pfm Member

    Just for anyone looking for this in the future, I've utilised one of those yellow RCA to mini-jack cables that you often got with cameras. I snipped the jack end off and tinned it with solder and it works great. If I ever get some crimps and a crimper I will probably add a spade crimp but I'll probably be too busy listening to music to remember.


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  6. hi-fi132

    hi-fi132 pfm Member

    Those are nice decks. The buttons are manufactured in a single sub assembly with the 'hinge' parts nothing more than a thin piece of plastic. Not much you can do when they've sunk in, though they do have a habit of collecting dirt in behind which may be stopping it coming fully forwards. They're easy to disassemble.
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  7. chris@panteg

    chris@panteg pfm Member

    I had an SL5 but then got a SL-QL1 and gave the 5 to my father in law, still going strong. Maybe a little servisol on the switch might help.
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