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FAC 78 - TECHNICS

Located within the historic stone Smithfield market hall building, in the Manchester city centre, you will find a music-rich venue swarming with originality and history.

Founded by mark haddock in 2021, fac 78 - technics is a multifunctional private and public shared space. Mark began this venture when he realised his past time hobby of collecting technics turntables was so much more than that. Technics developed their sl-1200 series in 1972, and later discontinued this line in 2010 after producing 22 different variations of the model.

The iconic factory records was also founded in the 70’s (1978). This too played a significant factor in how music has adapted and been enjoyed over the years. Taking inspiration from the haçienda nightclub (using the technics turntables in their dj booth in the early 80’s) and interior designer, ben kelly, fac 78 has a rich sense of the Manchester music scene.

The space specialises in the preservation and restoration of this treasured turntable, allowing the public an opportunity throughout the daytime to journey into manchester and view the models on display in the buildings public archive. Vinyl has yet again risen in popularity in recent years, therefore, the record store located within the stone structure is also open throughout the day for people to purchase some of manchester’s most iconic born and bred musicians work in physical form.

Alternatively, the space transforms into a live music and entertainment venue in the evenings, where resident technician and DJ, Luca, performs with the use of the technics turntable.

The technics turntable changed the way music was viewed forever and naturally paved the way for the numerous successful DJ's and artists you and I listen to today.

Marks aim is to educate people on the iconic nature of this specific turntable in the hopes it will forever hold a crucial and memorable role in musical history.

Marcie Fantom
Student name
Marcie Fantom
Course
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
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