Pioneer PL-518 Turntable For Sale

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Pioneer PL-518 Turntable For Sale

Post by avguy » 21 Jan 2019 17:38

Pioneer PL-518
Direct Drive
Automatic Return

Includes Audio Technica Cartridge

Classic Turntable! It has been in my collection for approximately 25+ years. I simply have too many now. It is in great working order. I have included an Audio Technica cartridge with this unit. Tracking at 1.5 grams, this unit doesn’t miss a beat and has a nice balanced/warm sound for a midrange cartridge. I recently upgraded/replaced the feet on the base. This model is known for the feet where the rubber mounts disintegrate. Like some others on the web, these replacement feet are similar, except, they’re not rigidly mounted. I integrated the original foot spring to give the turntable more isolation and some flex. Dust cover has some deep scratching on top (These were there when I purchased it.), but no cracks on top. There is some cracking on rear of dustcover, but no breaks…neither of these affect performance…dust cover hinging works like new. It will be shipped meticulously packed in an oversize (22” x 22” x 22”) box…Dust cover removed/shrink-wrapped & packed separately within larger box…hinges removed & packed…headshell/cartridge removed and packed…platter/mat removed and shrink-wrapped & boxed…tonearm secured. I have videos of the turntable working & showing the new feet flexing. I can email these to anyone who desires more info and/or videos. Please check out my positive feedback & comments on eBay. Any questions, feel free to ask!


The Pioneer PL-518 is a 2-speed, direct-drive turntable fitted with a static balance type, S-shaped tonearm.

Although the PL-518 is technically a manual, single-play turntable, the kind traditionally preferred by audiophiles and professionals alike, it offers two welcome conveniences.

One is the Quick-Start function. The other is the Auto-Return function, which works like this: when the stylus enters the lead-out groove of your record, a special Pioneer-developed device detects the increased lateral speed of the tone arm and triggers the auto-return mechanism. This lifts the tone arm gently, returns it to its rest, and shuts off all power to the turntable. The mechanism is one that Pioneer has tested successfully for over 100,000 continuous operations, and one guaranteed to perform with minimum noise and maximum reliability.

The PL-518's platter does not begin to rotate until you lift the tone arm and move it toward the outer edge of the platter. This convenience is appreciated all the more when you use it in combination with the oil-damped Cue Lever which lets you lower the stylus to the record surface (at the point of your choice) without risk of dropping the arm or nicking the record.

All controls on the Pioneer PL-518 are grouped on the righthand side of the platter to make handling easier still. In addition to the adjustment controls for the tone arm there is the Cue Lever, the Speed Select Button, and the Fine Pitch Control. Also on the right is the built-in strobe with an attractively illuminated light/calibration arrangement so that you may keep a visual check on the platter's accurate speed.

Pioneer has developed a 16-pole, 24-slot DC servomotor for the PL-518, one that provides exactly the same high signal-to-noise ratio and low wow/flutter as that used in the more expensive PL-520 model. This motor's magnetic circuit is twice as strong as conventional direct-drive types, a fact which contributes greatly to its improved resistance to torque ripple caused by uneven magnetic force.

Its switching frequency is also doubled, to 13.3Hz. Together these mean improved load characteristics, more accurate platter speeds at all times and, ultimately, better tonal quality results from your records.

You will find that few if any turntables in this price range offer such outstanding performance specifications: the signal-to-noise ratio achieved by the super-silent DC servo direct-drive motor is a high 73dB or less, while wow/flutter is an excellent 0.03% or less, and will stay that good over long years


Type: Direct Drive
Motor: 16-pole, 24-slot, DC servo motor
Platter: 320mm aluminium alloy diecast
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Speed control range: +-2%
Wow and flutter: 0.03%
Rumble: 73dB
Tonearm: Static-balanced type, S-shaped pipe arm
Effective length: 221mm
Overhang: 15.5mm
Cartridge weight range: 4 to 10g
Dimensions: 440 x 145 x 365mm
Weight: 9.5kg (Approximately 21 pounds)

Asking Price $375.00 plus Shipping. Feel free to contact me for additional detailed pictures and/or questions. I also have pictures of the meticulous packing.
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