I have to say that in my VERY modest opinion, Denon made a great design decision going with the new platter for the final VL12 Prime. Better than sticking with the “good” ole dot structure that was on the earlier models and that has been the mainstay of Technics SL1200s and it’s various Super-OEM siblings from all major brands.
Those dots had a real purpose for the purists and where never intended to be touched the way DJs touch them, so -obviously- ergonomics were never a design criteria. And all the copy-cats after Technics just copied that too, without asking themselves the (imho) right questions. One exception I believe, Numark. They had notches that look conspicuously similar (though further apart) to those on the VL12. No doubt a pure coincidence (Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge).
How about you guys, has anyone ever actually enjoyed the touch of those old dot platters? I always found them sharp and abrasive. Not comfortable to the touch. The notches in the VL12 seem much easier on the fingers (especially when you “brake” them lightly, which was a good way to control speed).
Will know for sure on Sunday after I had some hands on with them at the DanceFair.
Oh well, just the ramblings of an old DJ with time on his hand on a Friday night (why am I not out gigging again?)