Dual 1249

Dual 1249 Open

 

The Dual 1249 is a belt driven turntable offered by the German company around 1975. It's retail price when introduced was about $280. It is definitely one of the better looking Dual turntables though I have always been fonder of the CS 5000 for some reason. The 1249 is a dual speed, 33 and 45, table with an anti skate mechanism as well as the ability to stack records when using the longer spindle. Of course, over the years the longer stacking spindles tend to disappear.

 

Dual 1249 Dust Cover

 

The Dual 1249 is a very well built turntable. The change mechanism, however, is somewhat complex. Over the years the original grease hardens and the mechanism won't work properly or won't work at all. The old grease can be cleaned off and new grease applied but it isn't the easiest job to do. The original SM-840 motor can also be problematic in that it will suddenly start operating at double speed on occasion. Dual remedied this later with the SM-860 motor. If you do have double speed problems then you'll need to find the SM-860. I've seen them sell for around $50.

 

Dual 1249 Plinth

 

Dual had a recall in the early 1980's regarding the faulty motor so a lot of them were replaced with the SM-860. Not all SM-840's fail so if yours is currently working then it probably will work long term. The Dual 1249 tonearm is a low mass arm with automatic set down. The multi / single VTA lever can also be a problem on the turntables. Don't force your lever if it is stuck. It can break and cause many headaches.

 

Dual 1249 Tonearm

 

The Steurpimpel is another issue that can occur with the 1249 over the years. It's a little complicated so I'll post a link to a long discussion over on VinylEngine. Beside some of the age related mechanical issues the Dual 1249 really is a beautiful turntable. Nearly all vintage turntables are problematic in one way or another after having been around for 30+ years.

 

Dual 1249 Headshell

 

Most Dual turntables are popular with both collectors and vinyl enthusiasts. They are considered higher end mid-fi components and not necessarily top of the line but there are some that would argue that. As mentioned previously their build quality is excellent. If you do find one be sure to have a tech go through it a give it a good cleaning. Once cleaned and adjusted it should perform exceptionally well. A really nice, serviced Dual 1249 will sell for upwards of $400. An unserviced working version will run about $150 to $200.

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4 thoughts on “Dual 1249

  1. My son just replaced the Stuerpimpel on my old Dual 1249. I love this machine, it has give us many hours of pleasant listening. We have a large collection of Vinyl records, Classics, Jazz, German dance music, Glen Miller etc. I appreciate finding all this information on Google. I am guessing that my husband bought this set up in 1975 in Toronto, ON.

  2. Yesterday I brought home one with a Shure v15III cartridge installed. The turntable is in minty condition, operates good, however sound is unheard since the stylus is missing. This fine machine will go next to my Dual C830 cassette deck. I use it almost every day.

  3. Very good gear and advice listed. It takes me back to analog music. CDs are OK but MP3 music lacks feel and soul that is hard to find on most digital media. If I record data I try to use FLACS or similar media recordings.. I am going back to vinyl, when I can find clean copies or non-remastered (I feel the wording is more hype than quality. I hope to find a clean over hauled Monster-Amp (preferably Sansui), or a nice Tube Amp with new caps, German, Russian, or NOS Tubes with a very good a good Pre-Amp. Keep up the good work. I may be buying some gear soon.
    Thanks,
    Wayne
    Losaiko1234

  4. I try not to advertise myself, just positive opinions. No good comes from being negative, everyone has different likes/dislikes and tastes. Just happy to have found a decent site. I am not here to sell or buy unless moderator has approved gear. I hope for tips and advice.
    Thanks,
    Wayne

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