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

Posted: 24 May 2019 02:32
by lbls1
I am happy with my current crafts, but the older crafts were not cheap. The Dual required service, but was put back into 100% capacity afterwards. The Technics is an old family friend that I inherited, and it represents perfection as it needed absolutely nothing. Its a good feeling to have a high caliber craft that also looks the part.

My first craft that I bought for my re-entry into hifi, the Garrard DD75, ended up being a disappointment. That craft wasn't necessarily cheap as well, but I found out that it has a progressive ailment with the cueing lever that gets worse with wear and tear. I unfortunately wasn't able to fix this, so the Garrard at this moment is dormant with my first tt craft that I received as a teenager (coincidentally also a Garrard).

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

Posted: 24 May 2019 13:24
by pezman2112
My current daily driver was 3 bucks. Technics SL-D93, documented in this thread https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_f ... 6&t=112108

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

Posted: 25 May 2019 08:02
by Matthew_DK
I'll try this too;

Garrard 401 with SME3012 (both needing a service at the time) - 590£

Replacement parts for rebuild of Garrard (main bearing buttom, idler wheel, idler wheel bushings, motor bushing, lubrication oil, 50hz brass spindle) - 250£

Denon DL 110 cartridge (bought second hand, but brand new unopened) - 160£

So I'll hit just round 1000£ for the turntable.

And we we are at it;
Line Magnetic 211 tube amp - 700£
Thorhauge Tube MM RIAA - 420£
Fostex BK20 folded horn with Audio Nirvana fullrange drivers - 360£

So all in all; Damn.... 2500£

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

Posted: 25 May 2019 16:36
by Luxman78
Matthew_DK wrote:
25 May 2019 08:02
I'll try this too;

Garrard 401 with SME3012 (both needing a service at the time) - 590£

Replacement parts for rebuild of Garrard (main bearing buttom, idler wheel, idler wheel bushings, motor bushing, lubrication oil, 50hz brass spindle) - 250£

Denon DL 110 cartridge (bought second hand, but brand new unopened) - 160£

So I'll hit just round 1000£ for the turntable.

And we we are at it;
Line Magnetic 211 tube amp - 700£
Thorhauge Tube MM RIAA - 420£
Fostex BK20 folded horn with Audio Nirvana fullrange drivers - 360£

So all in all; Damn.... 2500£
Au, that's, in fact, costly.

My case is not fair to everyone; I inherited the TT from my late father. I bought the ATVM95E cartridge, a new iteration of the famous AT95E; I bought Ortofon Headshell and a completely useless rubber/crok mat that did nothing to improve the performance. So…
Cartridge – 54€
Headshell – 30€
Slipmat – 22€

I gave 106€ euros, but I can’t say I’m there yet. I have to see how much it will take me to reduce the acoustic feedback, and then that’s it. Once I minimize that, I’m thru with investing into TT.

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

Posted: 26 May 2019 12:11
by tlscapital
Luxman78 wrote:
25 May 2019 16:36
Matthew_DK wrote:
25 May 2019 08:02
So all in all; Damn.... 2500£
Au, that's, in fact, costly...

...I gave 106€ euros, but I can’t say I’m there yet. I have to see how much it will take me to reduce the acoustic feedback, and then that’s it. Once I minimize that, I’m thru with investing into TT.
Maybe this topic is for the megalomaniac who take pride into shoving his wealth in cash onto others or, on the other side, it is for the "lucky" guy who picked the bargain and left the original seller for a "fool". Either way nothing of utmost morality. But maybe it could also be about demystifying what one has to put in time, money and intellectual effort into understanding what and how it is made off in order to achieve to gather and assemble a "proper" phono set-up worthy of that name.

Never thought I'd put some money into my phono gear but I did. Since a kid I was saving all the smaller coins I could to fund my record purchases while crate digging. That until the day fooking tintenet killed the crate digging (auction and direct sale site making room for the fools to rush in) and admitted that to give a proper playback to my beloved records, the gear to retrieve the music from the groove, to be alive & kickin' was to be "valued" (invested) as well. Purchasing that came after...

One can refrain itself by committing to believe that no more, better or other phono gear is to be seek. Yet I am certain that it can't only be about "self sufficiency" when it comes to love, passion or thirst for music. If a cost balance is needed to stay into the real world, quality (bang) as opposed to performance (bling) should intruigue one at least. That £2.500 for such gear, turntable and tonearm to start with, if costly is not so far from a "bargain" IMO. And for what it's worth... 8)

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

Posted: 27 May 2019 03:03
by DarthMaul
Well,

I can say this:
Thorens TD-126 MK III: $1500
Stanton 981HZ-IIs: $999.99 (Virtually $1000)
Replacement tonearm (bought to replace the tonearm wand due to negligence when trying to remove the Stanton 881s originally attached; broke the tonearm clip on the green wire): $500
Amplifier: Unknown (my father purchased it a long time ago)
Speakers: Bose 201 (price forgotten)

Note: I once had a near-accident with the D98IIs stylus when switching it out to test out a compatible stylus. #-o I had put the stylus in the plastic holder that goes inside the boxes Stanton used for new styli, and the plastic holder slipped out of my hand and fell on the floor from my computer desk. Miraculously, the cantilever didn't hit anything due to the plastic holder protecting it somehow.

From here on out, if switching out styli, I will go to the kitchen table for safety reasons. The cantilever is clearly fine, as is the stylus. Gone through a whole bunch of classical records already and the cartridge is tracking them correctly without issue. I did switch it out for my Stanton D810 mono LP stylus once a week or so ago, but was much more careful.

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

Posted: 29 May 2019 09:00
by Luxman78
tlscapital wrote:
26 May 2019 12:11
Luxman78 wrote:
25 May 2019 16:36
Matthew_DK wrote:
25 May 2019 08:02
So all in all; Damn.... 2500£
Au, that's, in fact, costly...

...I gave 106€ euros, but I can’t say I’m there yet. I have to see how much it will take me to reduce the acoustic feedback, and then that’s it. Once I minimize that, I’m thru with investing into TT.
Maybe this topic is for the megalomaniac who take pride into shoving his wealth in cash onto others or, on the other side, it is for the "lucky" guy who picked the bargain and left the original seller for a "fool". Either way nothing of utmost morality. But maybe it could also be about demystifying what one has to put in time, money and intellectual effort into understanding what and how it is made off in order to achieve to gather and assemble a "proper" phono set-up worthy of that name.

Never thought I'd put some money into my phono gear but I did. Since a kid I was saving all the smaller coins I could to fund my record purchases while crate digging. That until the day fooking tintenet killed the crate digging (auction and direct sale site making room for the fools to rush in) and admitted that to give a proper playback to my beloved records, the gear to retrieve the music from the groove, to be alive & kickin' was to be "valued" (invested) as well. Purchasing that came after...

One can refrain itself by committing to believe that no more, better or other phono gear is to be seek. Yet I am certain that it can't only be about "self sufficiency" when it comes to love, passion or thirst for music. If a cost balance is needed to stay into the real world, quality (bang) as opposed to performance (bling) should intruigue one at least. That £2.500 for such gear, turntable and tonearm to start with, if costly is not so far from a "bargain" IMO. And for what it's worth... 8)
Bargain is in the wallet of the beholder! :) :)

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

Posted: 30 May 2019 22:50
by Sterling1
My Sony PS-4750 cost me $330 when purchased new in 1975. I've got it for sale now at same price I paid for it. It's still as nice as when new but I can't justify it and the new Technics SL-1210GR I just bought, which handles cartridge experiments with easier set-up than the Sony.

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

Posted: 01 Jun 2019 22:20
by phats
Hi Folks,

Matthew from Denmark payed 1480 euros for amp and speakers and 1120 euros for the TT. Not that bad innit?

Kind Regards, Stef.

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

Posted: 02 Jun 2019 08:26
by tlscapital
phats wrote:
01 Jun 2019 22:20
Hi Folks,

Matthew from Denmark payed 1480 euros for amp and speakers and 1120 euros for the TT. Not that bad innit?

Kind Regards, Stef.

Haarlem in Denmark ? :P What amp & speakers and what turntable ? ;)

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

Posted: 02 Jun 2019 10:50
by phats
tlscapital wrote:
02 Jun 2019 08:26
phats wrote:
01 Jun 2019 22:20
Hi Folks,

Matthew from Denmark payed 1480 euros for amp and speakers and 1120 euros for the TT. Not that bad innit?

Kind Regards, Stef.

Haarlem in Denmark ? :P What amp & speakers and what turntable ? ;)
A Brussels-man knows his geography! :lol: :lol: =D>

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

Posted: 02 Jun 2019 16:57
by truedeth
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Bad condition turntable
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Found this at my work (thrift store, not Goodwill) in January this year. The rubber mat was stiff as a rock and snapped when I tried to gently flex it. Also the cartridge was really in bad shape and needles were like $30 to replace.

So I bought it since it worked and I offered what I had in my pocket which was $7 since it was in bad shape and we couldn't sell it like it was and I'd have to dump money into it.

I found a spare P-Mount cartridge (Marantz CT551 MM) in the basement at work and a felt mat that I hated but it was the only way to use the thing. That cost about $2.

I found a seller on eBay and bought a replacement mat for around $20
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Completed turntable
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So in all I spent around $30 for this amazing little turntable.

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

Posted: 03 Jun 2019 05:04
by vinyl master
And you got a great deal out of $30, truedeth! Nothing wrong with that! :wink:

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

Posted: 03 Jun 2019 16:32
by Nadguy
Over the course of nearly 40 years, a lot of garage sales and a home that has room enough in my basement I have the following(all in working condition):


1. Linn LP 12 Sondek,new =$4750(Since 1984 with many upgrades, Cirkus, Ekos arm, etc)
2. Dual 1218 =$12
3. Pioneer PL-15D ll =$10
4. BIC 960 =$10
5. ADC 1500 FG =$15
6. Technics SL-1950 =$1
7. Pioneer 400 =$10
8. Yamaha YP-211 =$5
9. Pioneer PL-51A =$15
10. Bang & Olufsen Beogram 2000 RX2 =$20
11. Pioneer PL-A35 =$15
12. Micro-Seiki DD-20 =$10
13. Systemdek ll =$100*
14. Technics SL 5200 =$5
15. Dual 1237 =$2
16. Technics SL 1300 =$24


*From trade

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

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 08:38
by vinyl buff
Transcriptor saturn =£30. yes £30....
new belt =£15
new motor =£50
headshell =£25
ortofon 2M red =£50
Total =£170.....
sounds awesome.....