I called into the local Pawn shop Wednesday, as I do, to see if the owner had any turntables for me (i'd had a word with him to keep an eye out for any decks and to put them aside for me to have a look at for my projects). He also regularly gets in amps and other bits that are worth having if his price is right.
He had put aside a deck for me and as I arrived he called me over.
'I'm not sure if it's what you're after but I have this one for you if it's any good' He went out the back and brought through a dusty and a bit grubby Ariston Q Deck
(Not the one but pretty much the same)
The arm is about the same condition as this:
and will need a little bit of cleaning up. It had no stylus but did have an Ortofon OMB cartridge.
The lid is in good but dirty condition but no scratches. One of the hinges has gone but I have a couple of spares which might fit although I'm not fussed by this as I prefer to keep the lid off so it would only be used as a cover when not playing.
Now I'm not one who has a great deal of cash to spend on my hobby so having had a word with my bloke I went in yesterday with a couple of Freesat receivers that I had picked up for nothing and had been sat in my shed. (I was intending to stick an arial on the roof and connect up a tele but never got around to it) So for a straight swap the Q Deck came home with me.
I swapped over the stylus on my wooden project deck and tested it out. The auto feature works perfectly, the belt is good and holds a steady speed, the speed change works as it should and is a neat simple solution to change the speed. The arm drop is sticking a little so I'll need to address that when I give the whole tonearm setup a clean.
The platter had on it a DJ style Ortofon mat with bright gourdy wording which I don't really like but turning it over hides that.
Sticking on a LP and I was amazed at how well it plays. My LP's, as I've mentioned before, are not the finest and those that I have picked up have been far from mint but when I stuck it on the crackles and pops almost disappeared. I don't know if it was the mat as the stylus is the same as used on the project and the beast. Both of these had a mat on the platter when playing.
I have decided that this one shouldn't be broken up and will be used as is but will become the recipient of a big ol plinth project. I replaced the stylus back on the project and installed the spare Stanton cart and 500 stylus and tried it again. Different LP and this time the crackles and pops were almost non existant. A lovely sound coming through the Yammy amp and Missions. Very happy bunny with this one