Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

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Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 16 Nov 2019 11:24

Is anyone friendly with this model? I think that this and some other similar Akai turntables were huge bestseller in the first years of the eighties. Most probably made by CEC, according to some known details of this well regarded japanese manufacturer. I have found one for cheap, from someone who is selling also a lot of different old "garbage". Unlike other things, turntable looks in good condition, but cannot say what I can expect inside. Thing is more or less mechanical, so more easy to repair than more complex electronic counterparts.

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Re: Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

Post by Waterview » 17 Nov 2019 11:30

These are a rega clone đź‘Ť

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Re: Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

Post by Waterview » 17 Nov 2019 11:32

Original P2 with S shaped tone arm

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Re: Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 17 Nov 2019 13:51

Waterview wrote: ↑
17 Nov 2019 11:32
Original P2 with S shaped tone arm
What they have to do with Rega? :) Rega was beginner in turntables, when Akai was a recognized brand.

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Re: Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

Post by KentT » 20 Nov 2019 02:26

Akai's strength wasn't turntables, tape recorders their specialty. Maybe the styling looks like Rega, but it's definitely Japanese manufactured.

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Re: Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

Post by Van_Isle » 20 Nov 2019 05:58

Yes there is really no relationship between the Rega and the Akai. The AP-100c (c refers to the fact it was a version originally sold with a cartridge included) is a semi-automatic turntable. Rega is fully manual.

I'm thinking hard here, but AFAIK, only similarities are:

- The Rega R200 arm was made in Japan. It's a simplified version of the Acos Lustre GST-1, but I'm pretty sure they didn't have anything to do with the Akai's tonearm.

- Both have AC synchronous motors.

- The Akai dates from 1978-79 (not the 80s). Rega P2s started in 1977 (with the Acos arm in use until 1983).

Those similarities are shared with dozens of other turntables as well.

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Re: Akai AP100C - what to be careful about?

Post by Van_Isle » 20 Nov 2019 06:02

By the way the Akai is a good solid turntable ... yes mainly mechanical, so a good cleaning and re-lubrication (including main spindle and motor) cures a lot if ills.

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