Jah wrote: Vanni wrote:
Tricky question but I would go with Japan, and that's because even their basic entry level stuff was solid gear and generally better than the competition. Common sense says that if their BOTL stuff was decent enough then what about their TOTL? I trust you see what I'm getting at. One thing I can't stand though is that some people, mostly the newbies, think only of Technics when thinking of Japanese turntables. The upside to this is of course that loads of other great decks from the other makers are greatly under appreciated and therefore go for much less money on the auction sites. On the other hand, anything from Technics, even the most basic entry level deck, is the holy grail and the asking price is greatly inflated
Speaking of Micro Seiki, some hobbyists claim they helped design the Sansui SR-525, specifically the knife edge bearing tonearm. Some claim they helped out on other mid 70's Sansui decks. Anybody knows if this is true?
What would be the under appreciated decks makes and models? Just that while browsing a few of the Older models i seen i must admit look much sturdier and built better then the Technics SL1200`s.
Far far too many to mention, by the usual Japanese suspects - JVC, Denon, Sansui, Pioneer and Micro Seiki for a start. But generally, a turntable will tell you if it is serious gear just by looking at it. That's what I do and then I check out forums like this one and see what those that have personal experience make of it. Obviously the problem is that it's very hard to grab yourself a bargain nowadays if you're shopping online and that's mostly down to two things. One is that sellers can easily look up what they have nowadays on forums like this one, and second is that even when they do not do that(and some inexplicably do), the whole world can see the auction listing and quickly jump on any gear selling for much less than it's worth.
Best place nowadays to grab a yourself a bargain is by either knowing fellow hobbyists or by visiting estate sales. Just keep that smart phone handy for when the time comes and you spot some serious looking gear
I still maintain though that generally, non Technics turntables go for much less, and the number of bidders is much lower too.