DUAL 1242 TurnTables

4.5/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $225.00


Product Description

German turntable from 1980s.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hf a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I used a Dual 1242 for a number of years. I used to stack rock lps on it and did not harm the lp surface from that . Previous to that table I owned a Dual 1218. That table as some of you might remember was idler wheel drive and VERY quiet. Every couple of years you had to get the cuing lever fluid redone with wacker silicone grease. I used to maintain my Duals with factory service manuals obtained from Klaus Zwicker I think his name was down around Wingold Avenue in Toronto, Canada . That as many of you may remember was in the day when you could actually purchase OEM parts easily. Also owned another top line multi play capable Dual but the model escapes my memory.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $490.00

Purchased At:   Wessellings Advanced



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Johnson a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent turntable for someone looking for quality at a low price. A good specimen can be had for about $50. It is a very quiet and neutral sounding machine thanks to its precision belt-drive and excellent arm. The gimble-mounted DUAL tonearms are among the very best of the mass-produced arms.

The 1242 is vintage early 80s and is essentially a fully automatic version of the CS 505. They are almost identical in appearance. The 1242 can take a changer spindle and up to six records (I wouldn't dream of stacking!) and is therefore more mechanically complex than the 505 and more prone to breakdown. That said, the DUALs are remarkably durable as long as they are properly lubricated every couple of years.

I use either a STANTON 681EEE cartridge (my everyday setup) or an Audio Technica 440ML (a nice model with a linear-contact stylus and a beryllium stylus cantilever.

One caveat: The overhang guage that comes with older DUALs is a joke. Get and use a good alignment protractor. They are cheap and they work much better. Otherwise, the DUALS are a cinch to set-up.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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