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Who here owns their ultimate/dream/"grail" turntable and what is it?

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Cosmo-D, May 27, 2018.

  1. Metalownz

    Metalownz Audiophile? Getting there

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    Very simple maintenance. Oil the motor, spindle, and idler wheel top every two-three months. Its very easy to do. What i love is there is hardly any electronics between you and the music, and they have very nice PRaT.
     
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  2. Norliss

    Norliss Member

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    When I think of idler I always think of Garrard 301/401, Lenco and Dual although I suppose those are probably plentiful compared to those two Pioneer models you have!
     
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  3. Metalownz

    Metalownz Audiophile? Getting there

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    Those are the popular choices. These two are sleepers and id put them up against those name brands any day of the week. The Japanese knew what they were doing when they invented these tables. Ive never seen the serial number on the PL-7E exceed 5000, and on the PL-6A, 10,000. Im guessing they cost alot to manufacture thats why they didnt make many.
     
  4. bobins08

    bobins08 Loving the dream Subscriber

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    I love listening to your Linn/AudioMods/ Nagaoka 500 Combo. It sounds great.

    The only thing I don’t like about it is that you were thinking of selling me your AudioMods arm until that Linn showed up.

    :D :smoke:
     
  5. gary7

    gary7 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Had many tables considered "Grail" over the years. To some, a fully functional Dual 1219 or 1229 is grail. To others, Nothing less than $1000 is grail. According to what your expectations are. Me. I still dream of walking into a thrift or Yard sale and finding a MIB VPI or Linn, in that realm. I would say the QL-10 I recently acquired is very close to that.
     
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  6. Davron94

    Davron94 Active Member

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  7. jcamero

    jcamero GD, a band beyond description Subscriber

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    My DUAL 1229q is the best turntable I've ever owned, so I guess it's the DUAL. I've owned other tables, but not as good.
     
  8. AdamAnt316

    AdamAnt316 Collector of heavy things Subscriber

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    Allow me to quote myself for a moment..........
    Well, I still haven't found a Beogram 4000, but what should I find at the antique radio swapmeet this morning but another Beogram 4002! :D Paid more than $5 for this one, but it's in much better cosmetic shape than my other one (apart from some paint missing from the 'bump' behind the dustcover), and came with a cartridge, namely their TOTL MMC6000. :banana: Betting it needs a fair amount of repair work (found a restoration guide for the early 4000/6000-series linear trackers here), but it seems to be in fairly good shape overall. I think I did pretty well for $100, even if I needed another Beogram like I need a hole in the head. :oops: :crazy: :rolleyes: Here are some pictures:
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  9. PabloX

    PabloX AK Subscriber Subscriber

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  10. Chrisxo55441

    Chrisxo55441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    the seller got it at an estate sale for $150 had been tucked away for a long time, he was on AK asking about its value then put it up for auction on ebay and i won. it came with a NOS ADC ZLM Standard Improved cartridge as well so it was a pretty good find.
     
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  11. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    I have a Sony PS-X60 that I really like. She could use a full restoration and new rca cables, but sounds sweet with my AT-440MLB cart.

    I also have, on permanent loan from a buddy's mom (I brought her alcoholic son safely home too many times to count) a fully functional PL-600 from Pioneer. Good, solid table. I have replaced the belt on the arm return, cleaned and lubed, otherwise, bone stock.

    I guess my best table is my Technics SL-1400mk2 with KAB rca's, and a wd-40 repaired Astatic MF-100 cart. That combo is so very nice, I even had the full repair on the return arm.

    I hope to one day get a serious table. Something.......serious, like those Yamaha GT2000's that theophile is always praising.
     

     

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  12. rene grondin

    rene grondin New Member

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    28152907_1368825973222887_8453973326321156096_n.jpg 28152907_1368825973222887_8453973326321156096_n.jpg It is so clean i love that Beogram 1200 its like a brand new one. 28430879_153178288696618_171192354126954496_n.jpg 27893588_168945727087415_7791180278214426624_n.jpg
     
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  13. Djcoolray

    Djcoolray Addicted Member

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    A rocks throw from JBLM !!!!
    It’s coming in the mail...
     
  14. JP

    JP 7480 74111110101115

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    One of mine:

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  15. Pio1980

    Pio1980 AK Member Subscriber

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    It's been the VPI HW-19 with an ET-2 linear pneumatic bearing arm, the realization a "sadder but wiser" Mk-3 version with the Phoenix Engineering rim tach speed controller system added.
    Due to circumstances beyond, it is temporarily sidelined for the default Technics SL-7.
     
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  16. sberger

    sberger Hard Core Geezer Subscriber

    I'm coming close. Still thirst over a restored Garrard 301/401, but paying several thousand dollars for one is not in the plans. That said, really happy with the tables listed in my signature, and the latest acquisition of a Fairchild 412 is happily satisfying any desire to own any other table at the minute.

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  17. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    My "ultimate/dream TT" is the Yamaha YP-800 I purchased new in 70's, only reason I have the Pioneer PLX-1000 is for comparing cartridges real time.

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  18. superdog

    superdog AK Member

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    I'm no super turntable fan but I don't think I'll ever better my Sony PS8750.This was given to me by someone who found it at a yard sale for $30 with manual
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  19. Satch

    Satch Audiotinkerer

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    Holy grail... holy grail... When someone mentions 'holy grail' I always imagine something you've always wanted, ever since you were a kid. When I was getting into 'hifi' I never had a vision of some 'ultimate gear', I just started buying and upgrading. At some point I abandoned turntables (fortunately kept all my records). Then I missed playing my records so I bought an Akai AP-006, modified it and was happy. More or less. Still some nagging voices in my head. And then, onde day I decided that life is too short for nagging voices, put all the money I could spare together and started searching for the best turntable I could afford. By best I mean a combination of performance, looks and that 'je ne sais quois'-factor. And then, one glorious day, a very interesting ad appeared on the interwebs. So I called the store, counted my money one more time and jumped in my car. A couple of hours later I arrived back home, put the turntable together, adjusted it and it hasn't left. and probably never will. Ok, have to be honest: this is an old pic, the Kiseki cartridge has been replaced by a Lyra Dorian.

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  20. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    Yes, accurate, reliable, easy to maintain, perform to very high standard. No electronics to give issues with or service problems with age. In short, a nearly forever turntable of very high grade, BLAT (Built Like A Tank)
     

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