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The Turntable Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Artisan Fan, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Salad

    Salad Senior member

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    ^ I don't know about sub $300 but I supposed if you can find a decent AR and then do all the woodwork yourself...maybe?
    Are you familiar w/ Vinyl Nirvana? Basically everything you'd need to know regarding AR decks. I've always wanted an AR and have come very close to buying on a few occasions. I'd really like a Linn Sondek as well. Someday I'll bite.

    http://www.vinylnirvana.com/ar-gallery/
     
  2. Nataku

    Nataku Senior member

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    Might be able to scour eBay and search for a decent TT without a base (plinth). I see Rek-O-Kut turntables from time to time minus the plinth that sometimes fetch sub-$300 prices.
     
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    Not since they've moved from Dinkytown which has been a while now I guess. Been wanting to drop by the new one sometime soon and browse.
     
  4. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Try to scrape together enough dough for a Rega RP1 or a Music Hall 2.2. Great tables for the money. Below the $400 mark things get sketchy.
     
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    Ah, thanks. It was there some time ago that I saw a rosewood AR turntable. That's a great site. The ARs are really beautiful:

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    Hmm, I'll keep my eye out. How to Technics fair?

    I knew about the Rega, but that Music Hall in Piano Black is very, very nice indeed. I certainly could manage the cost. I'm still kind of set on having a cocobolo turntable plinth, but I will certainly keep the Music Hall in mind.

    ~ H
     
  6. Nataku

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    It's pretty nice. I was just in the a few weeks ago and picked up a pair of Grado headphones. Right off Excelsior and Hwy 100.



    Not bad at all for a beginners table. Especially the vintage metal base models. I had a late 70's SL-1600 Mk2 most recently. My first turntable was a SL-1200 I picked up at a yard sale for $5. That thing was nearly indestructible. It's no Pro-Ject or Music Hall, but they're great for the money. You can pick up pretty nice examples on the bay for under $200.
     
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    I drive by there at least once a week. Do they still keep weird hours like closing at 5?

    Which Grados? I have the pretty basic SR60s but absolutely love them
     
  8. Nataku

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    Yep, they still close at 5-ish. I got the 225i model. They're pretty nice.
     
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    I have the RS-1i, modded 225s, 80s, and 60s. I love Grados.
     
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    I have not seem many cocobolo tables and I'm sure it would look great but it would likely not be the best investment dollars for sound quality. You are probably looking at least a thousand bucks for that and at that price a good Rega RP3 is a better investment.
     
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    I have an AR-1 turntable hooked up to some VTL tube amps and preamp with old Thiel speakers, and I'm looking for a new cartridge. I have a cheap Grado that's been on there for awhile, and would like some recommendations for model and source. I want something reasonably priced (~$100?) and which sounds decent.
     
  14. Marshall W

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    I'm running an Ortofon 2M Red on my Rega Planar 3. I picked it up at needledoctor.com. I think it sounds pretty good.

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  15. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My interests are returning to turntables and vinyl after a multiple decade absence. I could use some input.


    I have two very nice tube amps. I'm looking for a turntable. Where to start? I hear you can get decent turntables for $399. Is that true? If so, any particular models and brands?

    Also, I guess I will need some type of phono pre amp. WHat is a good starter brand and model?

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  16. Nataku

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    For new starter turntables on the lower-end of the price bracket, I'd recommend a Pro-Ject Debut or a Music Hall MMF 2.1. I personally had a Rega Planar 3 for about 8 years that treated me very well.

    You can score a killer used turntable for a good price on eBay as well. Thorens, Dual, etc.
     
  17. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks Nataku..

    I spoke to a high-end Hi Fi guy today. He said you need a $400 cartridge or you "tear up you vinyl". He suggested a Benz or Clear Audio.
     
  18. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What would be a few good high end models of turntables that someone might buy used on eBay for $400+/-
     
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    Just picked up a Thorens TD160 and put on a new Shure M97xe. I'm using a Musical Fidelity V-LPS II phono preamp. Haven't had it long enough to break in the setup yet, but sounds nice. What phono preamps are you using?
     

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