This is the Sansui SR-212 which was offered by Sansui around 1974. It has the typical Sansui styling of the time with a nice wood base, smoked plastic dustcover and Sansui logo at the front left. It’s not a high end turntable but it’s a good budget minded performer.
The SR-212 has an S shaped tonearm, suspended chassis, wood base and RCA outputs. It’s also a 2 speed belt driven semi-automatic turntable with an auto return. It also features a stable synchronous motor, aluminum alloy die cast platter, gold plated connector terminal pins and a stock SC-37 induced magnet type cartridge.
As you can see it has two speeds – 33 and 45. The manual tonearm lifter lets you raise or lower the tonearm at any point on the record independently of the auto return mechanism. The controls include:
- Counter Balance Weight
- Skating Force Canceller
- Manual Arm Lifter
- Cueing Lever
- Statically Balanced S Shaped Tonearm
Sansui isn’t usually at the top of the heap when talking about quality turntables but this table isn’t too bad a performer and with a few mods could be pretty good.
You may come across a Sansui turntable by accident or have one given to you by a friend or relative. If so, clean it up, install a new belt and start spinning. They aren’t worth a ton and usually sell for around $100 to $150 but I did see one that was fully restored and in beautiful condition sell for over $400 recently. That’s not bad!