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turntable recommendations

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:28 pm
by space6oy
haven't shopped for one in years. looking for something decent but not too expensive, christmas gift for a listener. she's not looking to DJ or anything. probably somewhere around $100. any suggestions?

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:27 am
by themilford
$100 won't get you very far... not something good. I would look for a used Rega P3 (Planar) or a used but functioning AR XA.

Stay away from anything made out of plastic... or with a USB connector.

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:36 am
by themilford





Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:38 am
by space6oy
interesting, never heard of either of those brands before. personally all i've had have been gemini. updating that first post of mine...

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:54 am
by space6oy
anyone ever had one made by a company called cromley?

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:13 am
by themilford
space6oy wrote:interesting, never heard of either of those brands before. personally all i've had have been gemini. updating that first post of mine...
Gemini = crizzzap

Technics knockoff stuff... and Technics are shite for the most part.

Rega is one of the most popular turntable manufacturers. You can get a Music Hall for a good price. Also check out Project.

save up and get one of these:
http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject-Es ... ategory=46

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:18 am
by Sexor
As much as I would like to say "Technics SL-1200", I guess that's not a realistic option for $100.

Technics did make some pretty good consumer level belt-drive turntables though. Like this one:




Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:21 am
by Sexor
Hmmm it says "direct-drive".... I used one years ago before I got the 1200's and I was sure it was belt driven....

Well whatever... decent turntable, but definitely not for matching and scratching :lol:

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:28 am
by space6oy
that pro-ject is sharp. i may scratch the $100 and bump it to $300 actually, sis says she may join in & split the expense w/ me...

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:31 am
by themilford
I have a Well Tempered "Classic"

Like this one for sale...
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This is a VERY good price for this.
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl? ... ed-Classic

These 'tables are so friggin cool... check out the viscus fluid platter bearing, and "floating" tonearm hanging on monofilament:
http://www.welltemperedlab.com/frameset1.html

Tracks like a f**k... with virtually no background noise.

-D

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:32 am
by Sexor
Haha it looks sort of like the turntable version of an ipod :D

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:33 am
by Sexor
The Pro-Ject that is...

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:37 am
by pricklyrobot
Does your town have a surviving stereo repair shop? I've had good luck getting rebuilt stuff from the '70s/early-'80s from places like that, for decent prices. I have a JVC L-A31 that's been running pretty strong since I got it from a repair shop back in '97.

If you haven't come across it already, a good site for all things turntable: http://www.needledoctor.com/

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:40 am
by space6oy
thanks for the link. http://abellaudio.com is the only repair shop i know of for electronic gear aside from another guy i found who's just running one in his basement. neither often has anything for sale.

Re: turntable recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:43 am
by pricklyrobot
Ah, I need to read more closely, someone beat me to the Needle Doctor recommendation.

I bought a Pro-Ject Debut for a good friend of mine several years ago (owed her a lot of favors ;) ). It's a really nice turntable, though keep in mind you'll need to drop a bit more for the Speed Box: http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject-Speed-Box-II if you want push-button switching between 33 and 45 RPM.