lbarbish wrote:OK. I want an Oracle Alexandria. Is this machine still available? I have a really nice, at least for me, tube stereo set up and my old Sears Modular Component System table. Cheap cartridge and all. It sounds great. At least to me. But I know the tt is way below the capability of the rest of the system and have been looking at vintage. Both the Thorens TD 124 and Oracle Alexandria. Any opinions on what is best?
Thanks in advance.
I think there are a few too many variables for a definitive answer. For example a TD124 could have a Grace, SME, Denon or who knows what tonearm installed.
This much is for certain though. Both are very highly regarded turntables. Assuming the rest of your system and setup is not a quality bottleneck either turntable properly maintained and set up with a well matched cartridge will produce outstanding results.
A properly maintained TD124 is apt to cost considerably more than an Oracle Alexandria MKII supplied with the Prelude tonearm.
If memory serves the MKII's I have seen for sale this year have ranged from $500-$800. They do not come up for sale very often though, probably because they did not sell in any where near the numbers the TD124 did. There are always TD124's available (not many locally) but you will pay $800-$2000+ depending on tonearm, condition and level of maintenance.
Be carefull with TD124's at the low end as they can be revolving money pits if you get a dog.
I have a working Prelude tonearm I am going to mount on a Lenco L75. I bought it to be mated with high compliance cartridges as my "every day arm" due to it's auto lift feature. Since then I have located a device in California that adds this feature to any tonearm at a reasonable cost without degrading performance.
The Alexandria MKII with an Alphason tonearm would be sonically superior to the Prelude (the "stock" arm) and would have sold at a premium price to it.
If it is the "Auto Lift" feature that attracts you to the Prelude I would advise you to search for the "Q UP Automatic Tonearm Lift".
Good luck; there are so many gorgeous turntables available for a fraction of their original cost you can own one of the best turntables ever made for less than 1K.