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Postby mosin » 10 Oct 2006 03:53

JRC wrote:
mosin wrote:Currently playing Rek-O-Kut... $75 US


Hi mosin, thats a new one on me (Rek-o-kut), thought i had seen them all :oops:

Just googled it though, and it looks very interesting, which model ? would it be the one with the onyx motor stand ?


JRC and Blue,

The one JRC saw must be some new one made by the company that now owns the name. Mine is a clunky looking old model from the late 1950's called the N-33H. It was generally sold without a plinth at all. Some of them were even sold as kits, but with a different model number. In any event, mine is a single speed, and I am running it with a thread, rather than a belt. It is rugged in that it has an oil bearing with a ½" shaft, roughly 14 mm in world-speak. ;) The platter is adequate, as well.

The Rek-O-Kut turntable was produced by the US maker of cutting lathes many years ago. First, they made a lot of idler types, and later they made some belt driven ones. Those were like the US built Empire turntable, but less glitzy looking. Along with a few of their idler models, those models used the Papst Ausenlaufer motor, also known as the "Electric Flywheel" motor. Some Thorens models used the same motor. Anyway, this wonderful German motor from 195? is a true eddy current three phase design, but all the makers employed a large capacitor in their designs, so that the motor would run on single phase power. Although it was still a very good implementation, it fell considerably short of the possibilities.

Jump to the present day...

Mark Kelly, an Australian engineer, is currently working on circuitry to generate new three phase power for the Papst with three small Tripath chip based stereo amplifiers. This regenerated power will be controlled by a precision frequency oscillator called an OXCO. It has an onboard heater to prevent variance, so it is commonly referred to as an oven controlled oscillator. Anyway, it is the key component of a PCB that feeds the amps which in turn power the motor. The OCXO can be GPS regulated, and the end result will be a motor speed accuracy of one part per trillion. All this will be user maintained on an LCD screen that is to be run by a microprocessor programmed specifically for the application. The user will be able to select speeds, fine tune pitch, etc. Even the possibility of running the turntable on batteries is within reach. It promises to be the tightest controlled power supply for a turntable ever made. My part in the project, along with raygunn's, is to help with the R&D funds by providing money for parts, and by building a pair of turntables that use the circuitry. They will be string driven, or tape driven, although an idler one would be a possibility.

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Postby thermalbum » 10 Oct 2006 18:17

TT I
Ariston RD40/Mission 774LC/Ariston Stability Base - C$50.00

TT 2
Technics SL1300 Mk 1 - C$ 100.00
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Postby JaS » 10 Oct 2006 18:19

thermalbum wrote:TT I
Ariston RD40/Mission 774LC/Ariston Stability Base - C$50.00

Good find! Those days are definitely gone :shock:

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Postby JRC » 10 Oct 2006 21:33

Hi mosin, it seems the ReK-O-Kut i saw with onyx motor pod is a custom job, item No 290037684530 on Ebay, its an interesting range of decks they make, the rondine 3 looks nice, i see the early models have a very nice bearing, i hope the later decks hang on to that principle, also interesting is the different speeds available, i had no idea there were so many different speeds for vinyl.
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Postby unkouth » 11 Oct 2006 10:27

Rotel RP-850 with Nagaoka MP11 cart + stylus..$5NZ which is about 15 pounds... 8) Replacement belt came from spares...

BUT if I added up all the money I have spent on various decks [and related bits and bobs] over the years I would have run up a debt of a small country :D
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Postby gleichnerr » 11 Oct 2006 19:05

Original Teledyne/AR "The Turntable":

Bought in 1985 for about $330 USD.
Previos cartridge - B&O MMC-3 - about $125 USD
Recent Cartridge - used Shure V15-V-MR - $60 USD
Replaced Stylus - about $125 USD

Total currently invested - about $515 USD
Very pleased with the sound, may consider the M/S upgrades eventually.
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Postby thermalbum » 12 Oct 2006 01:46

Jas wrote:
thermalbum wrote:TT I
Ariston RD40/Mission 774LC/Ariston Stability Base - C$50.00

Good find! Those days are definitely gone :shock:

Regards,
JaS


"Those days"--September 2005 :D :D
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Postby thommo_work » 12 Oct 2006 10:54

unkouth wrote:Rotel RP-850 with Nagaoka MP11 cart + stylus..$5NZ which is about 15 pounds... 8)


You've got that arse about face there, unkouth.

NZ$5 is about £1.60. :shock:

That's a Billy Bargain and no mistake.
Introduce me to the big blonde, she's got a touch of Tuesday Weld.
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Postby unkouth » 12 Oct 2006 19:53

You've got that arse about face there, unkouth.
NZ$5 is about £1.60.


Whoops you are right...bugga I was half asleep when I worked that out :) Makes it a real nice bargin though :D
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Postby car67 » 13 Oct 2006 12:19

Unkouth,

excellent find! That's a nicely built and decent sounding deck for literally pocket change! :D

cheers
Jack
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Postby Rick C » 14 Oct 2006 06:00

Totally unfair as it sounds like so much less in pounds!
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Postby unkouth » 14 Oct 2006 10:21

excellent find! That's a nicely built and decent sounding deck for literally pocket change!


Thanks :) It was a definite fluke find...I almost passed over it because it looked like a plastic fantastic...until I picked it up...

I got a complete disco-antistat record cleaning kit with 2 full bottles of cleaning fluid from the same place for the same price... 8) (these have been going for scary prices here in NZ new... )

I'd mention other bargins I have got over the years but I fear I wold get lynched ;)
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Postby lensman » 18 Oct 2006 00:47

denon dp-59l £200

various headshells £30
grado black £40
grado blue stylus £15
new tonearm wire (cardas) £20
shure m44 £35 (spherical stylii for worn vinyl)

mitsubishi LT-5V = NOTHING when i was 18 got it cos the owner smashed the leg :D and he had more money than sense
CHEERS JOHN!!

stanton 500 (mk1) £20
plus maybe £30 over the years for stylii

£340



holy s**t!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby Zero One » 19 Oct 2006 11:33

Well I don't have anything really flash or exotic, however after about 60 mods it sounds really good as far as I'm concerned (and a few audio guys who've heard it) but it is cheap all up.

In OZ dollars

Old Pioneer PL (I think) 513X $25.oo
Cartridge bought from US on ebay old stock but no name $10.00
(the cart looks like rubbish but actually sounds better that any other cart I own and that includes 2 Shures, Cambridge P77, Audio Technica, and Stanton. I teach LP to CD classes and bought 10 of them to sell to my students with dud carts.
Cables (home grown) $6.00
Phono Amp (DIYed) $15.00
Feet (DIYed consisting of shot glasses filled with water, squash balls and cedar bases with ball bearing feet) $20.00
Sandstone Slab $12.00
Glues, timber, bluetac, non slip rubber matting, cork, lead wheel weights for damping outer ring of platter etc $35.00

Total Cost $133.00 Oz or about 40 pounds

Please note that lots of bits were recyled from stuff I had in the shed, such as timber and screws etc.

Total music effect -Priceless, easily the best TT I have ever had and I think that totals about 15

Future mods, I ll probably replace the 240V Ac motor with a DC stepper from a floppy drive or similar, though the AC one seems more than OK with all the mods I have made to damp it.
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Postby purple_pill67 » 20 Oct 2006 22:38

Garrard 401
SME 3009
Goldring 1042
Loricraft Oak Plinth with Lid
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£500 about 3 or so years ago
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