What is the best all around Vintage Turntable?

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

  1. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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    I´d like to add a couple of the great EMT broadcast turntables:

    EMT 950:
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    EMT 927:

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  2. timsclips

    timsclips AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Out of curiosity, would any of the Weathers or Rek-o-Kut turntables among the best for at least their time?
     
  3. theophile

    theophile Pheasant Plucker. Subscriber

    Nope EMT has the best shot at that title.
     
  4. Sutherland

    Sutherland New Member

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    Sansui SR 929. I bought new in 1979 when I was in the service. I've owned many others since but they have all gone and I am listening to the Sansui right now/still. Love the sound and the way it looks.
     
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  5. slarty54

    slarty54 Member

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    And you'll be able to get parts for a mark11 onward till you die!
     
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  7. slarty54

    slarty54 Member

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    Yes, and so similar to the early linn.you'd swear they copied it. But a very different sound. Why?. I reckon mostly due to the teflon bearing sleeve vs I think sintered bronze in the thorens.
    The teflon could well have been loaded as is common . Linn would'nt be telling.
    I think the tighter tolerance to the spindle gave it a more up front punchy sound that reviewers loved.
    Me I was never convinced by the short circuited bass that springs can cause and continually needing to retune suspension due to high CO GRAVITY. Once I tried a td121 there was no going back.
     
  8. Jbl Joe

    Jbl Joe Active Member

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    To me there are a few...some well known some not so.
    1-Linn LP12
    2-Walker CJ55
    3-Roksan Xerexes Original
    4-Pink Triangle
    5-Voyd Reference
     
  9. dpg3

    dpg3 Well-Known Member

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    Just got a Mk2 Dec 2017 and love it!!
     
  10. dpg3

    dpg3 Well-Known Member

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    Had one but sold it just too much maintenance involved with it, I'm not a DIYer. It was my fourth TT and I already shelled out money on the other 3, so I was kinda done with getting TT repaired. If it was my first I might've kept it but it went to a good home. Plus I have a Technics SL 1200 Mk2, Thorens TD 320 and a Technics SL-23 so I'm doing OK. It was one of the best looking/sounding TT I've had. But the Thorens and 1200 or no slouches either.
     
  11. MisterDK

    MisterDK Member

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    Hard to pick a best, but I have a couple of my favorites.

    Rega Planar 3
    Systemdek IIX
    Empire 298 & 598
    AR XA (2 of ‘em)

    The Rega see the most use.
    All are “vintage”; I bought the Rega in ‘87.

    While there are better out there, I’m too cheap to buy ‘em.
     

     

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  12. Briarhill

    Briarhill Member

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    Since I only have 1 spinner it has to be a 1219 with a Shure V15III. :rflmao:
     
  13. welcomdmat

    welcomdmat AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    My Technics 1200 mk2 has been verified as an August 2010 build. This 1200 mk2 had high capacitance RCA cables. I have had those replaced. I have also had the tonearm rewired, the power supply changed, and I have had the platter altered.

    There are very few vintage turntables that have not been altered. There are not many 40 year old audio components that haven't seen some work from quality technicians.

    The turntables in this list are amazing, but they are not as they were new. If they are, they could use a look-over by quality turntable mechanics.
     
  14. Gibsonian

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    Why obviously it is the JVC-TT101 followed closely by the Sony PS2251-LA!

    Silly question..........
     
  15. danj

    danj modern primitive

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    I have no idea what the best is but here are a few very good ones: The upper level DUALS (1019, 12" 12XX and 7XX series), Thorens TD-160 family, Pioneer PL-530 and 570, Linn-Sondek LP12, Elac 50HMkII, JVC QL9 and QL7, Sansui SR 838 and 929, Kenwood/Trio concrete-base (actually Corian) models, Sony PS-X60 - X80.

    Honestly there are lots of really good models. My favorite from the above list would be the Thorens.
     
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  16. MCdeltaT

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    What's wrong with the Pioneer PL-510a! ;) It's still got the sex appeal as well.
     

     

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  17. 337alant

    337alant New Member

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  18. Pal147

    Pal147 Member

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    If I had a choice I would have the Pioneer it looks stunning.
    Lovely collection, which is your favourite?
     
  19. lbls1

    lbls1 Active Member

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    Too much of a loaded question to get a credible response. Not every type of turntable is suited for every buyer. A better question could be which vintage turntable is the most popular, or most reliable in terms of service.
     
  20. 337alant

    337alant New Member

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    The Pioneer is my favourite, it sounds as good as it looks and so simple to use next fav is the Garrard 401, they are all good turntables but I do prefer DD of Idler to belt drive

    Alan
     

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