First turntable - recommendations?

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Solist
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Re: First turntable - recommendations?

Post by Solist » 04 Dec 2018 01:09

The Dual turntables (if you decide to go vintage) seem to be the best bang for the buck.

The cs5000 is a good candidate if you really want to spin 78rpm. But make sure that the headshell is in good condition, they are hard to find. Otherwise the only way to get 78rpm is to go idler.

If you do not want to repair them by yourself avoid fully automatic models. A skilled repair shop will charge you a fortune.

For 300 bucks you might get a Dual 701, but it lacks the 78rpm.


And AVOID SHIPPING VINTAGE TURNTABLES. Most of the sellers never shipped one, and if they did it was probably done the wrong way.

vinyl master
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Re: First turntable - recommendations?

Post by vinyl master » 04 Dec 2018 04:13

Solist wrote:
04 Dec 2018 01:09


And AVOID SHIPPING VINTAGE TURNTABLES. Most of the sellers never shipped one, and if they did it was probably done the wrong way.
It can be done, if done right! You can see how BMRR shipped his 1219 to me here...

viewtopic.php?t=107326

Everything arrived perfectly and there will be more on that one soon, so stay tuned! :D

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Re: First turntable - recommendations?

Post by lenjack » 04 Dec 2018 06:39

It's a crap shoot. I shipped my first turntable turntable on ebay 2 months ago. Had the original box and all packing materials. Went like a charm. Was a high end vintage Denon. Buyer was thrilled with the result. It can be done. If you can't do it right, don't do it.

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Re: First turntable - recommendations?

Post by F3nn3c » 07 Dec 2018 16:43

OK, everyone - thank you for all the recommendations. It looks like I am asking for, as the Germans would put it, an "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau", i.e. something that does everything and then some... I will take your advice, and will start looking for a dedicated 78 player, and another one for 33/45. I will post an update on the success of the hunt :)