While the general feeling out there seems to be negative I would like
to point out some facts and impressions of the BIC line. BIC basically gets a bad rap. They were fairly popular in the day, for me it was my first turntable (a 940). I was 13 and worked all summer to get it. I knew I was getting a budget table but a table that could sound great with a good cartridge and would not damage records. Do you remember taking a new record to a friends place and you see his system. Usually a BSR turntable of some sort. There is your junk. I would look at their filthy cheap shure stylus that was probably worn out. I would look at my new record and know that I would damage it just by playing it.
The BIC allowed me to have a table with a simple but excellent low mass tonearm, resonance damping in the counterweight, a 24 pole AC motor.
The motor is wonderful on these. The speed is determined by the 60hz
power it receives. Power fluctuations wont affect speed.
Many people just remove the "clip" for automatic dropping of discs, put in the short spindle and use it manually. That's what I did. I used Audio Technica cartridges mostly. One nice thing is BIC went with a heavier platter than you would think. Others was making featherweight platters
but in the end, the heavier platter was the better choice acting as a flywheel keeping it even more steady.
I think most people feel that they have too much plastic, a "cheaper" feel than some tables. These were budget tables. They cut corner where they could but without making junk. Of course there are better tables but do not dismiss the four BIC models that were designed well before the 80's and CD's which caused BIC to cheapen their turntables till the WERE junk (the Z series). The 940, 960, 980 and 1000 (it was the "top of the line, not the 980 though they are scarce). the 980 was a match for the Duals of the day. I would sit at the hifi shop for an hour switching back and forth listening. They catered to me because I was 14 but I knew my stuff and had good ears (I was already in a rock band..).
After a/b'ing the BIC and the cheapest Dual they had (would have been about late 1977) and I thought both were fine. I got the BIC on price and it was made in America.
And here it is, sitting in front of me, works great. I have never even lubed it. I have not replaced the belt. What this table taught me was that the two most important components in a system are a great cartridge and good speakers. Everything else should be silent and not make a fuss. Since broadcast radio is more or less worthless a tuner just isn't as important to me. I have radios for DX'ing that are better than most consumer tuners, so...that is my rant. If you can get a good used one, get it. I think you'll be surprised.