The DUAL Company had its humble beginnings in 1900 by Gebrüder Steidinger, in St. Georgen, Germany.
The company started out as a manufacturer of springs for motor parts of gramophones. Later the company branched out to fabricating spring-wound motor. In 1927, the company changed its name to DUAL because of the quality gramophone motors that it manufactured.
The name was reflective of the dual function of the motor - manually wound-up or plugged into an electric outlet. In no time at all DUAL turntables were designed and manufactured.
In the 1970s up to the 1990s, DUAL was one of the pioneering electronics company that manufactured audio cassettes, VCRs, turntables, CD players and more.
Today, DUAL is an American subsidiary of Namsung Group. The subsidiary now concentrates on marine audio, mobile audio and home audio.
The original DUAL Company has been prolific in producing turntables during its heyday. The company has produced various series of turntables. The C and CS series has 45 models under it. The 1200 series has 30 Dual turntable models under it. The 1000 Series has 11 models. The 700 Series has about 7; the 600 Series, 7 models. The 500 Series has 8 turntables while the 400 series has 2 models.
This model is under the CS series. It operates at three speeds: 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm. It has a standard ½ inch headshell mount. The base is made of solid granite. It is also fitted with a cue control and a damping platter. It is semi automatic with a Wow & Flutter of 0.23%. The tonearm is OPS or Optimal Pivot System. The user has the option as to what type of cartridge to install. Note that voltage for this Dual turntable is 230 Volts. This unit was first manufactured in 1992. Its current price tag is $1,195.
DUAL 1229 Turntable Video Demonstration
This model is a full-sized chassis unit with a 12” platter. This was manufactured from 1972 to 1974 and is probably the most popular DUAL. It plays in three speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm. It can be set in auto or manual operation. It has either a long or short spindle for single play or for stacking records.
It is rated as DUAL's most refined model as some of DUAL turntable's high tech features were introduced in the 1229 model. Its tonearm is the longest ever designed in an automatic turntable supported by four-point gimbal type bearings for minimal pivot action. This model does not skip or shake. There are still units for sale in most auction sites and the price for this unit is pegged at $450.
Dual 1019 Sound Demo
This model was manufactured from 1965 to 1971. Some serious audiophiles consider the friction-free and dynamically balanced tonearm superior even in today's standards. The platter is heavy at 7 ½ pounds.
This unit is one of the very few DUAL designs that can play at four speeds: 16, 78, 33 1/3 and 45 rpm that all have a pitch control of 6%. The tonearm is balanced on three axes on a friction free suspension. It can be fitted with any ½ inch mount cartridge that has a weight of 1 to 16 grams. A restored unit can fetch to as much as $500.
Restoration of vintage DUAL turntables is possible as there are still experts who do this intricate and taxing job. Dual turntable parts are still available online too in case you want to restore an old model yourself.
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