whtwter wrote:I know this is a very broad question but I am hoping I can get some responses to help me narrow my options. my goal is to have a great looking and sounding turntable without breaking the bank...I am very skilled in woodworking Is 3-400 doable? I know this is a broad question but the more I read the more options come available and the more I need direction!
I happen to have a leftover Rabco center bearing, platter, syncro motor and so forth, already on an aluminum plinth (which you would trash, of course). Point being that you would have your platter and belt-drive system (33/45) already to hand. You would have to reset the system and suspend it properly within your plinth, but you were going to do that anyway. Leaving the bulk of your budget to be spent on the arm.
The cost of shipping gets you all of the above and saves it from landfill. Not a bad start-up. If you are in the US, figure less than $20 anywhere by parcel post. Overseas - perhap not so much of a bargain unless I dismount the critical parts and send you only the motor/bearing/platter/speed-change mechanism.
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Melrose Park, PA
If you want to look up the manual in the library, look for the Rabco ST-6 from HK.