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78 turntable

Post by johnbibb56 » 02 Sep 2018 22:09

can someone give me a list of 3 speed tables I can play my 78s on. I currently have a pioneer pl 55x but of course it's only a 2 speed. I would like to keep it all pioneer if possible but any quality brand would fine. thsanks

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Re: 78 turntable

Post by Coffee Phil » 03 Sep 2018 01:24

Hi John,

My first thought was to modify your machine, but I looked at the schematic in the library and no details are given on the speed control circuit so that would be a non-trivial reverse engineering project.

A good choice would be a Dual 1229 if all you want (other than Lps and 45s) is 78s. It is a fine single play machine as well as a changer. Some 78 albums such as symphonies and opera just scream for a changer.

If you might be getting into other fast spinning records such as Pathes and Edisons something with variable speed is desirable. An old Lenco would come to my mind.

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johnbibb56 wrote:can someone give me a list of 3 speed tables I can play my 78s on. I currently have a pioneer pl 55x but of course it's only a 2 speed. I would like to keep it all pioneer if possible but any quality brand would fine. thsanks

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Re: 78 turntable

Post by johnbibb56 » 04 Sep 2018 00:22

thanks phil I like the Dual I think I will go with that.

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Re: 78 turntable

Post by vinyl master » 04 Sep 2018 05:38

Where are you located, John??? We might be able to find some candidates in your local area worth looking at! By the way, I also highly vouch for Dual (I have FOUR different Duals!), although there are some good Elacs and Garrards out there that will also do the trick! :D

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Re: 78 turntable

Post by ChrisLovesRock » 06 Jan 2019 09:44

What's your budget?

In order of price:

Victrola - $45.95 (Absolutely not recommended)
Jensen JTA-230 - Was $80, now $48.27 on Amazon (I wouldn't recommend this, either; too cheap)
ION Audio Max LP - $122.34 (At this price point, I wouldn't bother)
Pioneer PLX-500 - $299
Audio Technica LP120 - $300 (This is a very robust turntable with excellent sound for the price; I don't own any 78's, let alone a stylus/cartridge for one, so I can't vouch)
Denon DP-400 - $500

The LP120 is about the best you can get on a tight budget, unless you buy vintage. But...

...If money is no object, a vintage Thorens TD-124 (Belt drive) can play 4 speeds (16, 33 1/3, 45, and 78). However, unless you're a brain surgeon, the $7K will be hard to come by.

The LP120 or the Dual might be your best bets. You should be happy with either one. Happy listening. :)

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Re: 78 turntable

Post by AudioFeline » 03 Feb 2019 10:05

There are numerous vintage turntables that have 3 speeds, ranging in quality from forgettable to unbeatable. Too many to list. The modern 3 speed TT's tend to be lower quality (but I'm sure there are exceptions).

Many (more) modern direct drive TT's (non-quartz) can be modified. It involves a switch and a resistor installed. Many (but not all) Technics TT's are popular candidates (eg. SL D-2).

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Re: 78 turntable

Post by Bob Dillon » 06 Mar 2019 01:59

Depends on your needs.

The AT LP120 is a good budget choice due to it's flexibility.

It has a removable headshell so you can easily keep a dedicated 78 cart and 33/45 cart handy, if need be. It has a direct drive motor with decent torque, torque is good with 78's although an idler drive Dual is probably no slouch there either. No underpowered belt drive turntables need apply.

The LP120 also has pitch adjustment. Important to remember that in the first 2-3 decades of 78 production, speeds varied. Usually they are in range of 70 to 80 rpm, but it matters a lot unless you have no care for proper pitch. If all you are playing is more recent records, like 1930's, 40's, 50's, then it's not that big of an issue in the first place. 78.26 rpm had become fairly standard by then.

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