just curious..about what age are you? What other tables did you prefer other than the technics?
For commercial players, the 1200 is definitely the best, but there are a fair amount of professional ones that are better. I know a lot of DJs ended up using 1200s but I never thought they were quite as good as some others. The SP-10 came out in '69 then the 1100 and then the 1200. I actually prefer the 1100 to the 1200 for some reason, but they're both very similar.
I'm upper 30's and can count on one hand the number of working 1000 and sp10's that I've seen since 1995. (Not many 1100's too)