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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby BoGibsonCA » 01 May 2018 14:00

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I hope you don’t mind but I’m wetting myself simply because I did exactly the same thing as you can see by my signature, but I must say, each and every upgrade (apart from the white belt) has made a marked improvement to the point where the sq is mesmerising now... it’s a fantastic turntable and can handle a lot of modding.

My last upgrade was from a MM Ortofon 2M Blue to the MC Quintet Black, up there with the most expensive upgrades but now has me totally satisfied for a while.

I’d suggest staying with what you’ve got for a while and let the system sink in.[/quote]

Thanks much for that last bit of advice. The one thing I worried about was that I didn't do this organically - allow myself to get to know the TT before deciding which model path to take and in which order. I felt a little silly because I just threw money at the thing based on others reccos (though well researched and completely trusted).

That said, I do hope to do nothing for a good long time but wear out my Elys2 cart, then start dreaming of the next upgrade. Before then, my machine and I hopefully have lots of beautiful music to make together! :)
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby SpyderTracks » 01 May 2018 15:04

BoGibsonCA wrote::)


I hope you don’t mind but I’m wetting myself simply because I did exactly the same thing as you can see by my signature, but I must say, each and every upgrade (apart from the white belt) has made a marked improvement to the point where the sq is mesmerising now... it’s a fantastic turntable and can handle a lot of modding.

My last upgrade was from a MM Ortofon 2M Blue to the MC Quintet Black, up there with the most expensive upgrades but now has me totally satisfied for a while.

I’d suggest staying with what you’ve got for a while and let the system sink in.[/quote]

Thanks much for that last bit of advice. The one thing I worried about was that I didn't do this organically - allow myself to get to know the TT before deciding which model path to take and in which order. I felt a little silly because I just threw money at the thing based on others reccos (though well researched and completely trusted).

That said, I do hope to do nothing for a good long time but wear out my Elys2 cart, then start dreaming of the next upgrade. Before then, my machine and I hopefully have lots of beautiful music to make together! :)[/quote]

I think you’ll be very happy indeed, great choice
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby tallen702 » 01 May 2018 17:42

I spent $25 for an Onkyo PL-25F whose tonearm wouldn't move past the first track according to its previous owner. Turns out that the top case was simply weakened from age and a screw on the carrier would catch on a molded support brace and provide just enough resistance to prevent the motor from overcoming the obstacle. If you gave it a nudge with your finger, it'd move, but not on its own. 2 minutes with a fine polishing stone and the tonearm moves freely.

It game with a Grado MF-3 cart, but the stylus was severely degraded from years of use. A buddy of mine sent me an unused Audio-Technia AT311EP that he had sitting around collecting dust and it does a fantastic job.

So, all in, I'm out $25 for a solid direct-drive linear-tracking turntable that puts out some great sound. Add that to the Onkyo TX-18 receiver I got for free two years ago and I'm happy as can be for very little moolah!
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby BoGibsonCA » 01 May 2018 19:54

tallen702 wrote:So, all in, I'm out $25 for a solid direct-drive linear-tracking turntable that puts out some great sound. Add that to the Onkyo TX-18 receiver I got for free two years ago and I'm happy as can be for very little moolah!


LOL, given my chronicled recent escapade....YOU WIN! Now I need the number to your buddy for the free stuff! :)
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby tallen702 » 01 May 2018 22:36

BoGibsonCA wrote:
tallen702 wrote:So, all in, I'm out $25 for a solid direct-drive linear-tracking turntable that puts out some great sound. Add that to the Onkyo TX-18 receiver I got for free two years ago and I'm happy as can be for very little moolah!


LOL, given my chronicled recent escapade....YOU WIN! Now I need the number to your buddy for the free stuff! :)


Hehe, it's a co-worker who has been slowly but surely downsizing their belongings. Up on the chopping block next (and I have right of first refusal) is a functioning jukebox filled with all of the best hits of the mid 1980s on 45rpm records. After that, she's going to offer up her original PacMan arcade cabinet (also working).
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby BoGibsonCA » 05 May 2018 21:30

Thanks to all for your insights and advice.

Here's my baby now, happy as a clam!

41287
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby SpyderTracks » 05 May 2018 21:39

BoGibsonCA wrote:Thanks to all for your insights and advice.

Here's my baby now, happy as a clam!

41287


=D> =D> =D> =D>
Congrats! May the pleasure ensue.
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby tallen702 » 11 May 2018 01:08

Here's the Onkyo PL-25F

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/tallen702/PL-25F.jpg

And here's what's soon to be new to my basement for $100.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/tallen702/AMI%20RI5.jpg

Coming pre-loaded with a ton of 45s as well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/tallen702/AMI%20RI5-2.jpg

The co-worker who gave me the Onkyo TX-18 I run my system was talking with me the other day and said she had a jukebox in the basement that she wanted to get rid of to "declutter." I asked her how much she wanted for it and she said she'd have to check with her husband. They came back at $100 if I get it out of the basement and take it away. It's in perfect working order. I'm sure the stylus could stand to be replaced, but it only saw actual commercial use for about 9 years before it wound up in storage and then at her house.
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby deftec » 12 May 2018 20:09

Systemdek IIx linn basic plus rega carbon £270,plus nagaoka mp110 £100
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby vinyl master » 12 May 2018 22:09

tallen702 wrote:Here's the Onkyo PL-25F

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/tallen702/PL-25F.jpg

And here's what's soon to be new to my basement for $100.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/tallen702/AMI%20RI5.jpg

Coming pre-loaded with a ton of 45s as well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/tallen702/AMI%20RI5-2.jpg

The co-worker who gave me the Onkyo TX-18 I run my system was talking with me the other day and said she had a jukebox in the basement that she wanted to get rid of to "declutter." I asked her how much she wanted for it and she said she'd have to check with her husband. They came back at $100 if I get it out of the basement and take it away. It's in perfect working order. I'm sure the stylus could stand to be replaced, but it only saw actual commercial use for about 9 years before it wound up in storage and then at her house.


Those look like fun things and the jukebox could be a nice project, but as my favorite repairman Chris knows, they are not for the squeamish! He's dealt with a few of these things to know! #-o

Of course, one man's (or woman's in this case) decluttering is another man's diamond! Or disaster, depending on how you look at it! Still, $100 is a good price for one of those and a fun way to play some old 45's...

Keep in mind, though, that this is an ever-growing trend and if you want one to play and operate correctly, you will have to spend a bit of moolah!

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news ... tion-trend

Where are you located? If you'd like, I could probably find you a specialist, if you needed service for it, which you probably will...
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby Terrazen » 14 May 2018 12:19

I've had this turntable for about 30 years! Found it thrown out behind a Greek restaurant, minus it's tonearm and knobs. It's a Thorens TD160. I happened to have an UltraCraft AC400, brand new surplus stock from my mate, who worked in a HiFi shop. So I fitted it, together with an AT70 cartridge, bought a new belt and an antistatic TT mat for a tenner and I'm still running it! It sounds great through my Cambridge Audio A1 amp (rescued from a skip, new output IC) and a pair of Mordaunt-Short MS25I's from a boot sale for £30. Also in the system,- NAD C521i CD player (Tenner from Ebay, faulty. Fixed it) Awaiting delivery of my new(?) DAB tuner, DRX-701ES (Ebay again, not working, I can sort it,-£20) I want to keep everything british, as far as possible, but haven't yet found a suitable TT to replace the Thorens. Any suggestions?
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby tlscapital » 14 May 2018 12:55

Terrazen wrote:I've had this turntable for about 30 years! Found it thrown out behind a Greek restaurant, minus it's tonearm and knobs. It's a Thorens TD160... I want to keep everything british, as far as possible, but haven't yet found a suitable TT to replace the Thorens. Any suggestions?


That was a great find. Lucky you. And as for your British (somehow) equivalent you have the Ariston RD-80 who totally steals the TD-160 suspended sub-chassis design. With better and lush finish in comparison to the Thorens. A bit like "same-same but different" not to feel disoriented. But their value on the market is a tad higher than the Thorens though.
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby tallen702 » 14 May 2018 14:10

vinyl master wrote:
Those look like fun things and the jukebox could be a nice project, but as my favorite repairman Chris knows, they are not for the squeamish! He's dealt with a few of these things to know! #-o

Of course, one man's (or woman's in this case) decluttering is another man's diamond! Or disaster, depending on how you look at it! Still, $100 is a good price for one of those and a fun way to play some old 45's...

Keep in mind, though, that this is an ever-growing trend and if you want one to play and operate correctly, you will have to spend a bit of moolah!

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news ... tion-trend

Where are you located? If you'd like, I could probably find you a specialist, if you needed service for it, which you probably will...


I'm in the DC area here in the US. I knew going in that they'll take some money and work to keep going over the years. I'm not too squeamish about it though. I'm hoping to make this the starting piece of a small 80's retro section in my basement family room area. I'm hoping to grab the same lady's original PacMan cabinet when she decides to get rid of it as well. Classic arcade machines are another thing that takes money to keep working. Those PCBs don't last forever, and when they die, it's either get a custom replacement or search the web and local auctions for parts machines and the like. Either way, it's never cheap. None the less, I'm stoked. Like I said, probably needs a new stylus at the least. Good news is, There are some guys in the region that deal with this kind of stuff on the regular.
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby vinyl master » 14 May 2018 15:26

tallen702 wrote:
vinyl master wrote:
Those look like fun things and the jukebox could be a nice project, but as my favorite repairman Chris knows, they are not for the squeamish! He's dealt with a few of these things to know! #-o

Of course, one man's (or woman's in this case) decluttering is another man's diamond! Or disaster, depending on how you look at it! Still, $100 is a good price for one of those and a fun way to play some old 45's...

Keep in mind, though, that this is an ever-growing trend and if you want one to play and operate correctly, you will have to spend a bit of moolah!

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news ... tion-trend

Where are you located? If you'd like, I could probably find you a specialist, if you needed service for it, which you probably will...


I'm in the DC area here in the US. I knew going in that they'll take some money and work to keep going over the years. I'm not too squeamish about it though. I'm hoping to make this the starting piece of a small 80's retro section in my basement family room area. I'm hoping to grab the same lady's original PacMan cabinet when she decides to get rid of it as well. Classic arcade machines are another thing that takes money to keep working. Those PCBs don't last forever, and when they die, it's either get a custom replacement or search the web and local auctions for parts machines and the like. Either way, it's never cheap. None the less, I'm stoked. Like I said, probably needs a new stylus at the least. Good news is, There are some guys in the region that deal with this kind of stuff on the regular.


Here are some links in the DC/Maryland area, if you're interested...

http://gameroomantiques.com/RestorationSupplies.htm
https://www.manta.com/c/mw3jv56/vintage-jukeboxes
https://www.yellowpages.com/washington- ... d=13947496
http://www.coinopdoc.com/
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Re: How much did your TT(s) cost?

Postby justjed0001 » 14 May 2018 23:11

No great stories here! But...
Realistic LAB-395 with R47XT cartridge, given to me...
Pioneer PL-514, $30 in a pawn shop, with no cartridge, Put a 2M Red on it for another $80
Technics SL-1800, $175; 2M Blue, $180
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