Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Grumpy, Jun 22, 2002.
Micro Seiki DD-35
Wow. Just, yeah, holy crap. That Empire probably sounds like absolute heaven.
Just added this to my family of audio equipment happily adopted from the humble and extremely knowledgeable Mr Pig the AR XA thats been Morinfied with all the trimmings and custom Lacewood with a pearl cream top. It sounds so good I can't stop listening nor looking at it.
I L O V E MICRO SEIKI !! IMO Aesthetically, they are about the most beautiful units ever produced. Never had one though Soon
I seem to come across lots of turntables. I buy them, clean and fix them, and sometimes sell or trade up. I only have three in use at any given time. A lot of them I buy just for the vintage cartridges and styli. The most I ever paid for one was $275 (the Denon DP-61L). My favorite is the Denon DP-45F.
Currently laying around:
• Bang & Olufsen : Beogram 2400 (B&O MMC 4000 cart/styl)Belt drive, fully automatic
• Denon : DP-62L : (Grace F-9 cart / Grace Ruby styl)Direct Drive, semi automatic [1 of 2 tone arms, 2 of 3 weights]
• Denon : DP-45F : (Grado M2+ cart / Grado M2? gold styl)direct drive, fully auto w/scan (in use)
• Denon : DP-51F : (Grado prestige black1 cart / Grado black 8mzv styl)direct drive, auto [needs: Denon PCL-50 headshell,
• Harman Kardon : T-65C : (Shure V15V MR type V(5) cart / VN5MR styl)Belt drive, semi automatic (new belt)
• Harman Kardon : T-60 : (x cart / x styl)belt drive, semi auto (new belt)
• Hitachi : HT 460 : (Audio Technica AT130 LC-OFC cart / AT130E styl)Direct drive (new stylus)(in use)
• Pioneer : PL-L800 : (Audio Technica cart / styl) linear track, direct drive, qrtz lock, full auto [cover slightly marred, new stylus]
• Technics : SL-1300 : (?? cart & Empire styl) Direct drive, fully automatic [generic headshell]
• Gemini : XL-DD20 : (?? cart & generic styl) direct drive, semi auto, cleaning attachment [need 1 foot]
• H H Scott : PS-17A (?? cart / ADC QLM30 styl) 1978, belt drive, semi auto (w/manual, new belt, new stylus)
• JVC : L-A10 : (HiTec 103 cart & phansteihl 4213-DE styl) Belt drive, semi automatic (new stylus) [lid scratched]
• Pioneer : PL-7 : (Audio Technica cart & styl) direct drive, full auto (w/manual)
• Pioneer : PL-512 : (pickering NP/AC cart / Phansteihl styl)Belt drive, manual [cover cracked, new stylus]
• Sansui : FR-D35 : (Sansui SC-50 cart & Shure-type styl)direct drive, semi auto
• Sony : PS-LX55 II : (Shure cart & styl)direct drive, full auto, linear tracking [stylus repaired-needs replace]
• Technics : SL-220 : (Audio Technica ? cart / AT ? styl)Belt drive, automatic (new belt)
• Technics : SL-D20 (gen T4P cart/styl) Direct drive, semi automatic
• Technics : SL D33 : (Pickering NP ATE cart / PDE styl)Direct drive, fully automatic, part of a communicating component sys
• Technics : SL-Q2 (Stanton 681-EES cart/styl) Direct drive, quartz lock, semi automatic (in box), [lid tab chipped](stock)
• Technics : SL-QD33 (technics P-23 cart/styl) Direct drive, quartz lock, full automatic
• Dual : 1225 (Ortofon FF 15XE cart / Mk II styl)
I have a Pioneer PL 518, Pioneer PL 530, Pioneer PL-540, Pioneer PL-560, Pioneer PL-630, Pioneer PL-71, Sansui SRS 717, Sansui SR-838, Sansui, 929, Technics SL-1200, Technics SL-2000, My favorite is the Pioneer PL-630 and the Sansui 838. The SR-929 needs a tone arm as it was damaged in shipping to me.
I currently have:
Realistic Lab-395 (original Shure RS5T cartridge)
Denon DP-300f (two headshells, one with original cartridge and one with an Ortofan 2M Red)
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Ortofan 2M Red).
The Denon has a bum left channel I am trying to fix, and if so, I will either part with the Realistic or the Denon, passing it on to a friend who got a new apartment and thus wants a simple system.
Pioneer PL 30L II
I recently bought this from Japan on Ebay. I really wanted a PL 50, but I couldn't pass this up for the price ($530 shipped from Japan)
The plinth has been modified by adding 1/4" hardboard to the front and sides. It is also 5/8" taller so that I could add a 3/4" particle board bottom cover. I also filled much of the voids inside with MDF. It now weighs about 8lbs more than stock, about the same as a PL-50
Stripped and recovered with Rosewood veneer
It has also been recapped for reliability.
Fitted with a Sumiko Blue Point #2 it sounds great!
Another high quality veneer job from you Sir. Looks fantastic.
I agree with that guy, freakin gorgeous !!!!
@jnoyes, beautiful work right there !!!!
Thank you, love your Thorens as well
I'm looking to upgrade the cart soon. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Bought a USM Haller unit, so now i finally have enough space for both my turntables!
it's also got pull-out shelves for vinyl, which is a nice place to keep my favourite (most played) records.
1 by bjarnetv posted Aug 12, 2017 at 11:26 AM
2 by bjarnetv posted Aug 12, 2017 at 11:26 AM
I probably have already posted this turntable, but a few changes were done since then.
First, I re-did the veneer. The previous veneer job had created a few bubbles (I had used contact cement and some spots had developed from the start. Not blaming the contact cement, I just probably screwed up. My other plinth for my Garrad 401 was with contact cement and it's flawless). In any event, I knew about the air bubbles on this job but I chose to ignore it. Well, every time I would look at the table it bothered the crap out of me. So I stripped the previous veneer (a gorgeous walnut burl) and re-did it with American Redwood veneer and used white glue this time.
Tenuto gun metal mat, Thomas Schick 12" arm, Ortofon LH9000 headshell, and lastly slapped on a Denon DL-103RPRO.
Very happy with the changes, the deck now looks half-decent and sounds amazingly nice, better than before. I haven't had the time for some critical listening but plan on it soon.
Some pics. We all love pics:
ProJect Debut III Clearaudio Aurum cart
Thorens TD 280 Mk IV (all I could afford in the 90s)
Thorens TD 125 SME 3009....needs restoration just picked it up cheap.
Welcome to AK.
Pioneer PL-990. I bought it used and kept it for a couple of weeks. I gave it to my 6 yr old.
JVC L-A131 (the cartridge is a mystery to me)
I've got my eyes on a couple different tables right now.
Technics SL-D2. (Needs a new cartridge)
Technics SP-15 (I'm trying to find out if the owners of the station I work at are willing to sell it)
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