mawrick wrote:As I'm quite new to TT's myself I was wondering if anyone have a list of what vintage type of TT's that might be worth looking into, which would compare to decent newer TT's - or maybe considered "HIFI" tables.
And what price range one would expect to find them in ?.
Would depend on your definitions of 'vintage' and "HiFi". The spectrum is wide, if not so deep.
Emphatically decent, HiFi and also worth investigation:
Using 1980 as a cut-off:
Any of several Thorens
Any of several Duals (mostly changers if vintage)
Rabco SL8E (arm)
Rabco ST6/7/8 (Harman-Kardon)
Any of several PE/Impro - which bear a startling similarity to Duals.
I believe the Revox B795 was introduce in 1979.
Any of many Pioneer models - beware condition.
Any of several B&O models - ESPECIALLY beware of condition.
These are just those few that come to mind. There are many others, of course, Empire for one.
AVOID: Any changers except Dual, PE & Thorens. And if you find a Thorens TD224, be prepared to feed and board the Swiss watchmaker that comes with it.
As with any vintage equipment, your comfort with the species, potential repairs needed, availability of parts and so forth will be a huge factor in your choice(s). Do NOT purchase without kicking the tires unless you are a machinist and watchmaker all in one.
Prices will run anywhere from $10/flea-market/garage sale to thousands for Revox with green lids and paint.
Melrose Park, PA