What is the best all around Vintage Turntable?

Discussion in 'Vintage Gear - Top Performers' started by rush2112guy, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Fritz33

    Fritz33 Member

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    I'm currently running a custom Thorens 160 Super with a Jelco 750 DB arm, a 3/4-inch Santos Mahogany plinth and an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge. Works fine for me. Don't think I'll be looking at a replacement turntable anytime soon.
     
  2. rocknroll1

    rocknroll1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I am running 2 VPI's, 1 not so much vintage (TNT 90'S) and a w19 III (?) and they are my favorites. But if we are talking vintage best I would have say old AR.s and pioneers pl 5xx. They have stood the test of time and just keep on rocking, easy to repair, easy to find carts and sound good.
     
  3. Dandy

    Dandy Super Member

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    Keeping this thread rolling along, my best right now is fully rebuilt Garrard 401 with (to my surprise) a SME 3009 Improved with a high compliance cart. I prefer to mount idlers in light isolated pinths.
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  4. 2channel*

    2channel* Well-Known Member

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    Upgraded from an Alexandria MK II to a MK III. I love these tables. The 3 is easier to calibrate (except getting the damn belt on), throws a deeper and higher soundstage, and brings more bass; all with the same arm (Sumiko MMT) and cartridges as the 2. And to my eyes looks more beautiful with the lustrous, deep piano black finish. I really always thought that things like soundstage and frequency characteristics other than pitch were chiefly influenced by the cartridge and arm. Live and learn. Here's my new Fav.
    Alexandria mk3 2.jpg except I'm using a Groove Isolator mat right now. Ain't she sweet?
     
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  5. 2526

    2526 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I just got this back today from Jim Campbell, who did a superb restoration job and supplied a beautiful plinth. I've had the table for a while, but today is the first time that I've heard it. Tonite will be a listening binge.
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  6. jleon92f

    jleon92f Addicted Member

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    Love these two...I also have parts to build a nice custom one..:music:
     
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  7. Roypercy

    Roypercy Super Member

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    Best (to me) so far: Sony PS-X70.
     
  8. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

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    Technics SP-10, Kenwood L-07D, Yamaha GT-1000 and GT-2000. All are on the bucket list.
     
  9. gaileo64

    gaileo64 New Member

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    I have been pulling out my old stereo stuff and came across my connoisseur BD 103 TT. I have some fond memories of listening to some 70's & 80's music on it. If I remember correctly it had a Stanton cartridge in it which is missing now. I would like to fire it up again, Can anyone give me some choices to try on it. I also have a Rega Planar 2 w/ a rega tone arm and Grado Gt cartridge, that I am going to sell if anyone is interested. I would appreciate any input you could give me. I know i need a new belt for the Connoisseur. The Rega works great. Thanks in advance Gaileo
     
  10. gaileo64

    gaileo64 New Member

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    Oh i forgot to put up a picture. Here it is I hope. Gaileo
     

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  11. Dandy

    Dandy Super Member

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    The tone arm on your Rega may be better than the one on your Connoisseur.
     
  12. theophile

    theophile Pheasant Plucker. Subscriber

    Don't bother with the 1000. It is a pretender. The 2000 series are the shit. Even the Japanese don't want the 750 and 1000.
     
  13. virak

    virak Save the vinyl!

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    I'll just throw in a couple of contenders not mentioned in the thread:

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    Pioneer PL-1

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    Yamaha PX-1

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    Micro Seiki DQX-1000 (it's just so d*mn cool)
     
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  14. SueC

    SueC New Member

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    Just had my 1960 Garrard type A returned to me after a complete DNC (dustin' and cleanin') hooked it back up to the Sherwood S5000 tube amp coupled with Norelco AD5277M 12" dual cone loudspeakers and WOW blew me away. I know the old Garrard turntables were criticized for having
    heavy needles but it sounds fanfreakintastic, like front row in Carnagy hall.
    Gotta love the old tube amps! Tried to post video.....is it even possible to post pics or video on this site with an IPad? No luck.
     

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