Many regard the Dual 1249 as one of the best Dual turntables - on par with the 1219 and 1229. The 1249 is a fully automatic two speed (33/45 rpm) belt drive with a sophisticated gimbal bearing tonearm. There is also cueing, anti-skate, and side repeat functions. The speed is solid and this one has the "good" SM-860 motor. The fine speed (pitch) control works as does the illuminated platter stroboscope. Mounted on the headshell is a fine Shure M91ED cartridge with new elliptical cut diamond stylus. The turntable rests in a beautiful hardwood base and is protected by a clear acrylic set-on style dustcover. The turntable mechanics have been serviced (cleaned, lubricated, calibrated) for trouble free spinning.