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black321

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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 10:58am

 ColdMiser wrote:
thanks for the suggestions. I'll be sure to look into both. May have to flip a coin {#Think}

 
if you do go used, it often may not be a simple plug & play process.  Is the needle damaged?  Are the belts failing? Is the tracking, tonearm set properly? when was the last time it was lubricated? Plan on spending at least another $100 to take it into a shop to be serviced. 
ColdMiser

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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 10:34am

thanks for the suggestions. I'll be sure to look into both. May have to flip a coin {#Think}
black321

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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 6:35am

Plenty of good stuff going the used route.  For a new deck, I've heard good things about Rega

Rega RP1: $445 $$$ ★
The plug'n'play RP1 (for Rega Planar One) replaces Rega's popular P1. Nearly identical to the earlier model in size and shape, the RP1 uses an Ortofon OM5e moving-magnet cartridge, but trades the P1's MDF platter for one of phenolic resin and adds Rega's new, solidly built RB101 tonearm. Additionally, the P1's drab gray finish is exchanged for the RP1's choice of White, Cool Gray, or Titanium. Compared to the P1, the RP1 delivered more drive, better focus, and was the more confident, purposeful, and authoritative player. "Rega's RP1 looks good, is easy to set up, and plays records like it means it," said SM. AD shared SM's enthusiasm: "It's not just that I can't imagine $445 buying more happiness; I can't imagine so modest an investment in money and effort buying more music." The RP1 Performance Pack Upgrade was easy to install and resulted in a bigger soundstage, deeper silences, and greater resolution of low-level detail, said SM. "A no-brainer," agreed AD. (Vol.34 Nos.2, 4, & 5 WWW)
Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/2016-recommended-components-turntables-tonearms-cartridges-etc#ka1B3xJz0TyEYhEc.99

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Posted: May 24, 2017 - 6:22am

 ColdMiser wrote:
I'm looking for suggestions on a new turntable. Something in the $400 range. Dust cover is a must. If you were getting one, what would you lean towards?

 
Went through this a year and a half ago.  I would strongly recommend getting a Technics SL 1200.  They are going to be a bit more than the $400 you are willing to pay, but with all the others out there new in this price range, its going to be the best in the long run.  They hold their value as well.

Here's a link that has some available in NYC.  You might be able to negotiate and pick up saving shipping, etc.  I got mine from this site.  It was from a seller in Japan.  Ideally you don't want one that was used for DJ'ing ...

There's also fleabay ...  ;)
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Posted: May 23, 2017 - 6:15pm

I'm looking for suggestions on a new turntable. Something in the $400 range. Dust cover is a must. If you were getting one, what would you lean towards?
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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 - 3:32am

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1939 RCA special 78 portable record player by John Vassos, debuted at the 1939 NY Worlds Fair in the RCA Building

 
I saw one at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC last summer. Would love to play some of my favorite vinyl on that sucker.
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Posted: Mar 23, 2017 - 5:12pm



1939 RCA special 78 portable record player by John Vassos, debuted at the 1939 NY Worlds Fair in the RCA Building
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Posted: Feb 6, 2017 - 6:40pm

The Rokblok portable record player drives around your vinyl like an RC car

 
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Posted: Jan 18, 2017 - 10:49am

built-in
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Posted: Oct 4, 2016 - 7:59am

Roy Harpaz Designs An Egg-Shaped Vertical Record Player

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Posted: Jul 16, 2016 - 5:15pm

 swell_sailor wrote:

I jJust finished my latest restoration. This is a Thorens TD 125 manufactured in the mid 70s. I've converted it to a long base and added a 12 inch tonearm. 

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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 - 8:03am

 swell_sailor wrote:

I jJust finished my latest restoration. This is a Thorens TD 125 manufactured in the mid 70s. I've converted it to a long base and added a 12 inch tonearm. 

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Looks great!. A friend of mine still has the one I had that I sold to him years ago with a Rabco SL8E on it that he has modified,
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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 - 8:02am

 swell_sailor wrote:

Cool! How's this one coming Dave?

 
Its in even more pieces now. I still haven't tried buffing out the plexi yet. The motor cover and arm board are made of plexi with paper thin aluminum contact cemented to them. The plexi isn't visible when the pieces are installed. I have  a friend with a CNC machine and he is going to remake those parts in 1/4" solid aluminum and then polish them. 
If I can get the plexi looking nice and all the remaining metal buffed out it should look very acceptable. I also have to get some silicon fluid to fill the fluid damper tray the platter "floats" in.
Lots of foam rubber was used and its all rotted. The 3 adjustable feet have metal springs in them that had foam rubber pucks glued to them. I am going to use sorbothane pucks instead.
Over all its not as bad as I thought it would be considering its been underwater and then tossed around in my various junk rooms for 25 years. 
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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 - 7:59am

I jJust finished my latest restoration. This is a Thorens TD 125 manufactured in the mid 70s. I've converted it to a long base and added a 12 inch tonearm. 

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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 - 7:47am

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This is a J.A. Michell Hydraulic Reference Turntable I bought new in the '70's. Its the same model as used in "A Clockwork Orange". Yep, saw the movie and had to have one. It got ruined when I stored it in the cellar of a rental house and the cellar flooded during hurricane Isabel. I didn't have the heart to toss it so I've been keeping it all this time and finally decided it needs to be restored. I just got done taking it mostly apart. The plinth is 3/4" plywood with 1/8" black plexi glued to it so I am testing ways of getting its shine back. Will do the same with all the metal parts. Surprisingly the motor survived being submerged and just needed to be taken apart and cleaned and lubed. I sold the original arm off it years ago and will try and get one off ebay most likely or maybe set it up for another arm. The dusty cover is made of clear 1/4" plexi flat pieces glued together and its all fogged so unless it buffs out I will have to have a new one made up.Should be a fun project.

Here is what they are supposed to look like (Someone else's unit):

 

 
Cool! How's this one coming Dave?
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Posted: Jun 10, 2016 - 7:29am

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Ten times ore more interesting than that junk {#Arrowu}

They're children. Their idealism is a child's view of the world. They want to crawl back in their mother's womb so they won't have to become an adult and face a world which is filled with light and shadow, with complexity and contradiction. They can't be right in this kind of world. It is not good to put a curse on oneself and one's family. And though you may argue that the whole human race is the real family, this is also an illusion — that is, there is a paradox in this. The abstract family only works in the abstract world. The concrete family is the only family that works in the concrete world. The abstract world will not give you a piece of bread when you are sta

 
Think so spinach boy?
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Posted: Jun 10, 2016 - 7:28am

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Better bring help.

 
oh I'm bringin' help, don't you worry your lacy things about that...
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Posted: Jun 10, 2016 - 6:08am

 Manbird wrote:
Tntmsrmrntrtngthnthtjnk {#Arrowu}'re children. Their idealism is a child's view of the world. They want to crawl back in their mother's womb so they won't have to become an adult and face a world which is filled with light and shadow, with complexity and contradiction. They can't be right in this kind of world. It is not good to put a curse on oneself and one's family. And though you may argue that the whole human race is the real family, this is also an illusion — that is, there is a paradox in this. The abstract family only works in the abstract world. The concrete family is th only family that works in the concrete world. The abstract world will not give you a piece of bread when you are starving
 



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Posted: Jun 10, 2016 - 5:10am

 oldviolin wrote:

198 pounds

 
Better bring help.
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Posted: Jun 9, 2016 - 8:42pm

 oldviolin wrote: 
Ten times ore more interesting than that junk {#Arrowu}

They're children. Their idealism is a child's view of the world. They want to crawl back in their mother's womb so they won't have to become an adult and face a world which is filled with light and shadow, with complexity and contradiction. They can't be right in this kind of world. It is not good to put a curse on oneself and one's family. And though you may argue that the whole human race is the real family, this is also an illusion — that is, there is a paradox in this. The abstract family only works in the abstract world. The concrete family is the only family that works in the concrete world. The abstract world will not give you a piece of bread when you are starving.


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