View Full Version : Dual 1214 - Anyone familiar with this Turntable?


jazzwolf
08-27-2006, 11:04 AM
I just bought a Dual 1214 from an Ebay seller who seems to have experience in shipping turntables as it will be double boxed. I was playing my 78's on an AT PL120 and just got real tired of getting up every 3 minutes to take the arm off the record and wanted an automatic turntable. The seller states that the turntable has been serviced, lubed and oiled. I figure for 59.00 plus shipping it was worth a gamble. Does anyone have any experience with this turntable? Is there anything I should be looking out for? I don't have any experience with an idler driven turntable. He also had a 1215 that he was selling but something about that arm looked ghastly and cheap.

tankdonovan
08-27-2006, 11:35 AM
Idler wheel turntable are just fine...,if they work right. If the wheel does not have flat spots. I have a Dual 1228 with idler wheel that works great. Dual turntables overall are very good consumer tables. Some better than others.

Here is a link for info on your:

http://dual-reference.com/tables/1214.htm

TankDonovan

jazzwolf
08-27-2006, 12:29 PM
Idler wheel turntable are just fine...,if they work right. If the wheel does not have flat spots. I have a Dual 1228 with idler wheel that works great. Dual turntables overall are very good consumer tables. Some better than others.

Here is a link for info on your:

http://dual-reference.com/tables/1214.htm

TankDonovan

Thanks for the info. I figured it would save me some wear and tear on these legs as far as constantly getting up to take the arm off the record and at least let me enjoy the beer for awhile :beer:

bohhey
08-27-2006, 02:30 PM
This will give you an idea on what consumers thought 35 years ago...
Dual 1215-S, 1216, 1226 & 1228: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 250,000.
Dual 1219, 1229: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 350,000.
Dual 1218: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 850,000.
Dual 1214: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 1,350,000!

They chunked a lot of the 1214's into console units.

A 1214 is an ok Dual. Certainly not audiophile (But there are many who wouldn't use "Dual" and "audiophile" in the same sentence, anyway).

For your application, it will be a reliable performer. In that particular Dual design (shared with the 1209, 1215-S & 1216), there is nothing to wear out. As long as the old grease was COMPLETELY REMOVED, and properly oiled, including the motor bearings, you should be fine.

jazzwolf
08-27-2006, 03:50 PM
This will give you an idea on what consumers thought 35 years ago...
Dual 1215-S, 1216, 1226 & 1228: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 250,000.
Dual 1219, 1229: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 350,000.
Dual 1218: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 850,000.
Dual 1214: I've seen serial numbers upwards of 1,350,000!

They chunked a lot of the 1214's into console units.

A 1214 is an ok Dual. Certainly not audiophile (But there are many who wouldn't use "Dual" and "audiophile" in the same sentence, anyway).

For your application, it will be a reliable performer. In that particular Dual design (shared with the 1209, 1215-S & 1216), there is nothing to wear out. As long as the old grease was COMPLETELY REMOVED, and properly oiled, including the motor bearings, you should be fine.

Thanks for the info. I actually will use it as a secondary TT and primarily for 78's as I actually have 5 other turntables and primarily use my Technics SL1350. This turntable will come with a Shure M70EJ which I know nothing about. Should I get a 78 stylus for it or just upgrade the cartridge altogether?

bohhey
08-27-2006, 04:41 PM
For 78 rpm applications, a Shure M-78-S is a good choice. A lot of suppliers on line. Around $50.00. It's made just for 78 rpm use and is a mono cart.