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Is the BIC 960 any good?

Postby zerospin » 11 Feb 2010 15:49

I found this on my local craigslist. The price seems right; anyone own a BIC 960? Is it a desirable turntable to own.

http://omaha.craigslist.org/ele/1568912990.html
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Re: Is the BIC 960 any good?

Postby wintermute » 11 Feb 2010 21:28

sonikninja wrote:I found this on my local craigslist. The price seems right; anyone own a BIC 960? Is it a desirable turntable to own.

http://omaha.craigslist.org/ele/1568912990.html


I have a BIC Lighter..:) Wonder if it's the same company.. Looks nice enuff topside, wonder what sortta mechanics it's got...
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Postby pivot » 11 Feb 2010 22:10

From the looks of the unit there is no plinth, just the naked turntable mechanics.

Not rocket science to make a wood base but....

....not exactly "plug and play" either.

Frankly I woud be resistant to spending more than $30.

I also like "Multiple Play Manual Turntable", sorta like a car with a "manual automatic" transmission.
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Postby ofior » 12 Feb 2010 01:04

As I understand (but I may be wrong) that BIC was formed from the US distribution arm for Garrard. Their turntables were well received and had a following for a while. Quality was about like Philips or mid range Duals at the time.

In '76 i considered a 960, and ended up buying a dual 1249

Turntable Experts has parts and service available for BIC http://turntableexperts.com/

Hope this helps
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Postby ofior » 12 Feb 2010 01:07

One more bit: They had three models: 940, 960, 980. As would be expected, 960 was the mid level
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Postby nat » 17 Feb 2010 14:16

The arms aren't really suitable to low compliance cartridges -- the headshells are rather flexible plastic. But moderate compliance cartridges ought to be fine.
Things to look out for -- the platter bearing lubricant tends to seize up and it needs to be taken apart and cleaned and lubed. Don't try main force to loosen it -- the bearing is crimped into the aluminum base plate and can be twisted out of correct alignment. And the multi play switch has a set of tops that a cam fits into and the lubricant in them tend to seize and then the table always plays in that mode. Neither problem is complicated to fix, but if the table has them, get it for less.
The plinth may have been a seperate bit that the unit keys into -- the fact that they say they have the dustcover is a good sign and they may have both the cover and the plinth.
Also make sure they have the retaining screw for the headshell, and the multiplay spindle and side of recored stand.
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BIC 960

Postby Flying » 14 Jul 2010 12:05

I acquired two BIC960's for $20 on the local kijiji. One in excellent condition and the other as a spare parts. Sounds very similar to a mid 70's Garrad or Dual.
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Re: Is the BIC 960 any good?

Postby kaptain_amerika76 » 12 Feb 2011 02:43

sonikninja wrote:I found this on my local craigslist. The price seems right; anyone own a BIC 960? Is it a desirable turntable to own.

http://omaha.craigslist.org/ele/1568912990.html

I have owned a BIC 960 for over 10 years. I had it professionally cleaned and restored 2 years ago, but have never had any problems with it. It's been a great turntable!
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