Jibber who used to post on here claimed the Technics blew away the Stanton for sound quality. Not sure how accurate that is? I wouldn't use any DJ turntable as an audiophile playback device anyway.
I’d believe Jibber’s claim. (That is, NOT to say that those Stanton turntables are bad, just that they should not be even considered as SL-1200’s range.)
Even a stock (not modified) SL-1200 is totally capable of producing pristine sound, even with a modest phono cartridge.
Not only that platter is heavy enough, the platter is dumped with rubber sheet underneath (many owners don’t realize it)
The tonearm is considered the weakness for many audiophiles, but it is not bad at all - all the important parts of the tonearm is really well calibrated, so unless the tonearm is abused (which unfortunately happens too often to SL-1200s), it can handle high-end (low tracking force) cartridge without problem.
This is off topic, but I’d recommend those Technics, Pioneer, or other Made in Japan or Taiwanese turntables that were manufactured in late 70s' to late 80s’. Technics OEMed a lot back in the days.
MCS was a Technics OEM brand for JC Penny. Technics OEMed for Radio Shack too. Those turntables are often overlooked. Those are far better, well made, than today’s budget level turntables.