Technics SL-1200 Turntables (1972)
In 2010, audiophiles mourned Panasonic's announcement that they'd ceased production of Technics SL-1200s. For nearly 30 years, the silver-and-black decks had been popular, but they really caused a sensation when MK2 hit streets in 1979. Its improved pitch-adjustment capability, simplified start/stop button and quartz-lock control system, coupled with Technics' existing direct-drive motor (as opposed to more tenuous belt systems), made the MK2s catnip for budding hip-hop DJs looking to use and abuse playback possibilities. And it's still regarded as the quintessential scratching tool − Serato be damned.