Normally, I’d blog about some random stupid shit that doesn’t have much to do with anything. This blog is a bit more personal however.
I started Djing when I was around 15, I saved up for as long as I had to and picked up 2 Technic 1200 turntables. They were about 500 a piece back then so I had to work my ass off to get them. Technic turntables are to Djing what Ak 47’s are to terrorists in every American made action film EVER.
They are the most raved, reliable, and long-lasting piece of equipment any respectable dj could own. If you’ve ever seen a dj using turntables..odds are they are Technics.
I remember when I finally had enough money, I had about $1100 bucks, I rushed down to Beat Street records in downtown Brooklyn (Fulton mall) ..picked up two turntables some dub plates and a few vinyl records off their 50 cent bin…the discounted price..not the rapper. I left 20 bucks to take a cab home, I wasn’t about to jump on the subway with two Technics and a bag full of vinyl–I probably would’ve made one daring crackhead a very successful dj if I had.
I got home, un-boxed the tables and I come to find out I can’t just use two fucking turn tables. I needed a mixer, cartridges and needles. I had two brand new Technics that I couldn’t use for a month and a half saving up to buy the rest of the equipment. Think about it, it’s like getting an xbox with no games or controller.
When I finally got everything set up, I taught myself all the tricks of the trade and built up some skill. In fact, I still own my Technics.
In the last 10 years, the landscape of hip hop has changed drastically and it has impacted many of it’s essentials. Hip Hop shops have shut down across the country amongst other things. Today Panasonic has confirmed that it ceased the production of its Technics turntables. For those of generation Y(y the fuck are you so retarded), it’s like Apple saying they will no longer make ipods.
R.I.P. Technics. Moment of silence.