Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Grumpy, Jun 22, 2002.
Thorens TD 124
My wife and I have decided to do a little bit of simplification and decided that we don't need two turntables att so I'm getting rid of the Pro-ject Essential and keeping the DUAL 1249. The Pro-ject has a new home with a friend. I've had the DUAL for years and it started life in my home as a non-working thrift store find with excellent cosmetics. After I did a careful repair and refurb, the DUAL has been a very pleasing machine and completely trouble free. The 1249 has a Stanton 780 mounted (great cartridge, btw) with a Shure V15III in reserve.
Well, right now, I have a Pioneer PL 12d, Pioneer PL 550, Pioneer PL510a, 2 AR XAUs, an AR XAU with what looks like an XB tonearm, and a Garrard 301/SME3009.
The PL12 is off to a new home tomorrow though.
I can't say I need them all but I love them all!
I am new to the TT world. I have recently acquired a Pioneer PL 112D in great condition and so far I am loving it
Welcome to the AK turn table forum.
Enjoy the music!
Thank you @Balifly There is so much to learn about TT's but I have to say - I am hooked
Marantz and Pioneer all the way
At the moment I have 3 tt's.
Pioneer PL Z81
I'm currently using the Z81 as I recently purchased the PL100 but I'm waiting for a new headshell, cartridge and stylus to arrive.
My choice for use is a JVC QL-Y5F. I love the controls are mounted outside the hood. Minimal vibration as servos function.
My old Kenwood KP-07 [made by Micro Seiki] ...
Technics SL-D1 (owned since new in 1979 and used daily)
Technics SL-1700 (currently in my son's setup)
Thorens TD-166 mk ii
Dual CS 616Q ($2 Thrift Store find - used for playing questionable Thrift Store albums)
Latest TT list:
Technics SL D2 (78 RPM mod planned)
Technics SL D202 (with 78 RPM mod)
Technics SL D303 (with 78 RPM mod)
Technics SL Q212 (part of a rack system)
Technics SL 1300 MK1
Pioneer PL 550
Pioneer PL 340 (with 78 RPM mod)
Onkyo CP 1116A
Gemini PDT 6000
Dual CS 620 Q
Yamaha YP B4
Sherwood ST 903
Fisher MT 32
Panasonic SL H308 (part of a rack system)
Yes I have a problem and need to sell some of lesser ones off.
Here's a potato picture of my second turntable (and first conventional TT), an Onkyo CP-1015A.
EDIT: Now with action shot! The cartridge I'm using is an Ortofon OM5E but I have a NOS Tonar (Nagaoka JT-)555 cart in shipping right now.
Modded Lenco L75 with a Linn Ittok arm and a Pioneer PL518 all original and bone stock
This one l picked up on the side of the road about 6 years ago.
I've had it packed in a box but last night decided to try and get it working which l did.
Took a few hours looking up tonearm adjustments and tonearm lift adjustment and changing the cartridge but it's going like a beauty
JVC QL-Y3F direct drive.
Looks like my ql-y5f.
I have a dozen or more "project" turntables in varying states of disrepair. Good excuse to do an inventory:
- Three Linn Sonkek LP12s, two with Valhalla PS and one pre-Valhalla
- One Thorens TD-125 MKII with Stax UA-7 tonearm
- One Thorens TD-150 MKII AB with stock arm, no headshell
- Thorens TD-124, no armboard or arm
- Two Bogen/Lenco heavy platters (B60 and B61) with stock arm
- Oracle Alexandria
- Rek-o-Kut L34H with Gray 208 16" transcription tonearm
- Rek-o-Kut Rondine Deluxe with Pritchard ADC wooden tonearm
- Audio Technica AT-LP240
The main problem I face with most of these turntables is the cost to get them working and sounding decent. If I could manage scrape $1K together, which would I choose? I tried using tonearms and cartridges I had on hand with unsatisfactory results. My vinyl sounded tired and scratchy even with my best attempt, a Linn LP12 Valhalla with Ultracraft AC-300 MKII tonearm and AT-440MLB cartridge. While doing a google search for tonearms under $1K I found NaimNatNod's post on the AT-LP1240 and couldn't believe such a thing could be purchased at that price point. I was able to purchase an AT-LP240 on ebay for roughly $360 and stuck the AT-440MLB on it. I am getting excellent results with this setup at roughly half the cost of what I thought I'd have to spend. I am finally getting the sound I had hoped for from my vinyl, open and uncompressed with plenty of dynamic range and inner detail all the way through to the end of the record. While I still intend to eventually get a couple of my older tables working, the AT-LP240 will be the basis for comparison.
Victor QL-A75, Kenwood KD3070
Welcome to the AK turn table forum.
The only TT I've ever owned, the recently-revived Marantz TT530 linear tracking unit which I purchased new in 1980, performed flawlessly in regular use for most of those years. Knowing little to nothing about phono cartridges back then, sometime in the mid 90s I swapped out the worn, original Audio-Technica cartridge that the TT came with for an AT/Realistic RX1500. That cart worked great for me for 20 years until the needle assembly literally imploded several weeks ago. Soon after that my TT tracking motor belt gave out and my new audio gear quest officially began -- and AK came to my rescue.
Thanks to this forum I was able to find an exact replacement for the TT belt. But even more awesomely, based on what I've been able to learn here about premium vintage cartidges, I was fortunate enough to score a brand new NOS Audio-Technica AT331LP cartridge on eBay. It arrives later this week and I CAN'T WAIT to experience the difference that I know I've never before heard in my old LPs.
Next up I will be refurbishing my pair of blown EPI T/E 100 speakers and then looking into the possibly upgrade of said faithful, yet admittedly 'fair-to-middlin' Marantz TT530, perhaps to one of the better vintage Technics models.
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