Well, I had Philips 877 with AT Z500X cartridge for almost 18 years. I thought that my Philips is too old and I do need newer one. So, I did buy just before new year Thorens TD-158. Let's say this way: TD-158 might be a pretty good TT, but who does need a TT that tonearm weight can not to be adjusted.
After that, I started to appreciate more my pretty old Philips. With a purchase of TD-158, I've learned a lot about turntables.
At some point I've lost my interest in record collecting, but recently, I'm regaining what I would call my hobby #1. There has been times in my life that all I knew - were records. I've waited for the next issue of Goldmine magazine, was buying every month UK Record Collector magazine, going thru all thrift stores and most of the record stores in Village/NYC.
Next project for me: to install Grado Black on my Philips 877, go thru all my records, clean all(I've purchased Groovmaster Label Saver device). Most of my collection - LPs already been cleaned and in japanese resealable sleeves. catalogue all - as much as possible - I've bought some LPs that I already had. My LP collection ~ 1000 LPs(~500 that I'm not willing to part with), some 45's.
Here comes my lucky list of my personal collection:
Dual 1256 with a new special plinth-wood made by a carpenter; rewired with new cables and rca and separate ground.
A recently friend called Dual 1219, the twin one (I have another one) upgraded with a new power chord, not yet audio cables. Completely cleaned and lubed with special Garage A' records kit. The special sound comes from that state-of the-art cartridge London Decca Supergold with DECCA-POD. Super silent 1219 and that muting system is amazing!
Technics SL1200 Limited Edition, completely rewired equipped with the London Decca supergold with Decca Pod.
The famous Dual 1237a with S shape tonearm and a special plinth. Not upgraded yet!
Technics M5G for my dj working with a classic Ortofon dj concorde. Great!
Pictures taken quickly with the mobile phone! soon will post something about the other dual 1219.
Brand new to the forum here and thought I'd start here, it seemed logical enough.
My phono is an Akai AP-100 that I inherited from my older brother around 1988, when I was just starting high school. It sat in my parents' attic for several years in the '90s, then I dragged it out and got it back in shape about 10 years ago, learning a lot about the mechanics of turntable setup in the process. I have a Realistic-rebranded Audio Technica AT-102 cartridge installed, which sounds quite good but I want to upgrade the (rather worn, I think) conical stylus to something elliptical. I currently have it set to track at 1.5 grams. Other than an annoying ground short somewhere in the audio cables, I just love this simple but reliable old table.
The remainder of my audio chain is a late '90s Kenwood receiver/amp driving a pair of '70s-vintage Kenwood 3-way speakers (with cool brushed aluminum frames around the cones). For a while I played with an old Heathkit tube amp, which sounded absolutely amazing. While I'm on the subject of past setups, the Akai had a very poorly set-up AT-201 cartridge back in high school (I wish I knew where it was!), and before that I cut my teeth on a variety of cheap old BSR changers and "kiddie" type record players, including a little vintage Columbia Masterwork mono player. As you can see, turntables and me go back a looong time, and I'm only going on 38.
Actually, now that I looked in the Cartridge Database, that missing cartridge I had was actually an AT-211EP, with the orange dot on the side. The specs show it to be a very nice unit...now I really *have* to find it!
I have a Dual CS 505-3 with a new Ortofon 2M Red on it. I am the original owner. Just had it all cleaned, greased and new belts put on so it should be good for another 20 some years. Here it is, playing my rare Beatles white vinyl "Let It Be" album and down below is the rest of my Beatles/Solo Beatles collection. As you can tell, I kinda like them