mjcmt wrote:Thanks all for your advice. Sadly, the 1245 possibility fell thru.
I'm lately wanting to get a TT again after 1.5 years w/o one. Especially since of late, I picked up a '91 Mac c37 preamp, I'm anxious to try out its phono stage. I would like it stay somewhat vintage as my system has morphed that way, including Altec Model 15 loudspeakers. My first choices are Thorens and Linn but I can't seem to swing the cost, hence the interest in Dual. The nicer ones do look tempting. Any other TT recommendations?
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Just buy my 1219 from the classifieds. Pics are at the AA Classifieds as well.
No, but seriously...the Duals (especially the 1219 and 1229 varieties, IMO) are exceptionally well-made and simply make music; lots of drive and weight. The "fun" factor is all there.
I've owned Linn and Thorens as well; hard to fault either of them (though got really sick of tinkering with Linn; and the brainwashing tactic of owners and dealers with their endless upgrades/recommendations ultimately turned me off the brand altogether — "You need to get a Keel or your 'table just won't perform the way it was meant..." et cetera).
However, the Thorens' are starting to jump up in price as well. If you can find a good condition 125 MKII, snag it. It was one of my favorites.
I do find it odd that so many good vintage decks have started to climb in asking prices, but Duals simply don't. Not sure why that is, given that they're such great turntables.