Hi. I've owned one since 1978! Nice turntable. It can be afflicted with any/all of the old age symptoms you'll find elsewhere in the Dual forum here, so do some reading. It is belt drive, so you'll probably need a new belt, in addition to a cartridge. For service info, the 1249 is mechanically similar and you can get the 1249 service manual in the archive here. The 1241 includes a lot of plastic parts that were sturdier in earlier Dual models, in my opinion. (One of the bearing mounts in my tone arm literally crumbled to pieces after about 10 years use; I fixed it, but it was intricate.) Look for problems by checking to see that there is little "play" in the vertical and horizontal axes of the tone arm, and that it moves freely. Doesn't sound like you'll get to actually play the thing before buying, but if it looks cosmetically good and "unbent" it's definitely worth the fifty bucks. If you can't run it, at least spin the platter just to make sure nobody dropped anything on it! Good luck and let us know how it works out.