Is it possible? - why of course. We've had posting on budget cartridges that are truly great. How about very inexpensive but high quality Turntables?
Here is my offering. A nice (and inexpensive) idler wheel turntable that will give pricey audiophile decks a real run for their money:
All the old idlers are going up, up, up in price you say? Want the idler wheel sound but don't need the pedigree? Well here's my suggestion:
The Lenco L70
Very nice precision tonarm and easy to maintain too. Nice movement and not made of plastic either.
I mounted a Denon dl-103 on it and it really sings. Not really possible to adjust the tracking angle, but since the dl-103 cost three
times more than the complete deck, I can't complain. It tracks between the Baerwald and Loefgren..
The turntable rotates a full 2 minutes after being turned off. The motor and drive system is DEAD silent. I have been trying hard, but I can only detect slight rumble with a STETHESCOPE. It is without question the quietest
idler I have ever owned.
It comes right up to speed too. And holds it perfectly. You can even get any speed you want up to about 80 rpm (maybe higher) with a lenco due to its ingenious drive mechanism.
Lenco had a great concept but spared money in some important areas though. The original plinth is a glued and stapled pressboard job with vinyl covering. Quite a sight , I must admit...
Who can contribute the next inexpensive deck?