How much did your TT(s) cost?

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

Post by terzinator » 30 Apr 2019 23:17

haha thanks for the review!

Coupla things...

I kinda like the combination of old and new with this. And the TD150 just lends itself perfectly to personalization. (I did just acquire a TD126 MKII that I will keep more true to tradition.)

First plinth I ever made, and I like it. I think I'd like it to be even more massive, but that will perhaps be version 2.0. The step on the top accommodates the dust cover.

Jury is out on the nameplate. I like it, but Plinth V2 will likely exclude it. (Might put the badge on something else, or sell it with Plinth V1, if it comes to that.)

The silver swiss-cheese headshell is a stopgap. I do have a Thakker HS-15 shell I'm going to move that Grado to. Those Ortofon SPUs are interesting but I don't think I'll go that route.

Whether my system is revealing enough to discern an exotic headshell, I doubt it. Maybe someday. (Currently running an Audiolab 8000A integrated amp and Silverline Minuet Supreme Plus monitors.)

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

Post by terzinator » 10 May 2019 02:20

OK I HAVE IT BAD.

Posted in another thread about a Thorens TD126 MKII i found on Craigslist, so another dubious deposit has been made to the turntable investment fund. Or is it a withdrawal?

Thorens TD126 MKII
Ortofon MC20 Moving-Coil cart
Ortofon MCA76 Moving-Coil step-up amp

$800 all in.

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=111724

Here's the thing. Six months ago, I balked at $300 for a Rega Planar 1 or a Pro-Ject entry level TT for a re-entry into the world of records, which I have a few hundred of that have sat idle for 15 years.

But I was having some work done on an old receiver by a guy who had that first TD150 for sale, and on a whim bought it for $600. I ADDED $1100 to that one.

The insanity is that I threw $800 at this one and declared it a bargain.

Insanity, i tell you.

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

Post by vinyl master » 10 May 2019 02:53

tlscapital wrote:
30 Apr 2019 15:01
terzinator wrote:
30 Apr 2019 14:06
This is embarrassing

Thorens TD-150 MKI Swiss-made: $600 (original TP13 arm, Shure M95ED cart, custom dust cover)

Worked just fine, but one feels compelled to upgrade, amiright?
Totally right you are. Money well spent. If I'd be offered such a 'Swiss' made TD150 MK I for the same money, Lord knows what would be my move... It looks good even though it's a little bit too 'pop' to my taste with the bright red and cornered solid wood DIYed plinth.
Hold on now, tls...It's OK that you're not a fan...I like things very traditional, too, but then again, I see a bit of 80's inspiration and a little bit of the Piet Mondrian look about it, too...In fact, I think I will add it to my other thread here! :D

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=108583&p=975596#p975596

Don't be embarrassed at all, terzinator...That's exactly the kind of thing I had in mind when I started that thread! :D

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

Post by terzinator » 10 May 2019 04:54

vinyl master wrote:
10 May 2019 02:53
I like things very traditional, too, but then again, I see a bit of 80's inspiration and a little bit of the Piet Mondrian look about it, too...In fact, I think I will add it to my other thread here! :D

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=108583&p=975596#p975596

Don't be embarrassed at all, terzinator...That's exactly the kind of thing I had in mind when I started that thread! :D
The Partridge Family was all about Piet Mondrian, am i right?

No, not embarrassed at all. These turntables are wonderful, and they call out for inspired personalization where others make you live with what you get. I mean, build a wood plinth for one of the newer base-model Rega/Pro-Jects? Not saying it's not possible, but i'd like to see it integrate nicely.

I DO agree on the nameplate, however. Wasn't sure if I liked it on there before, and sure enough, he called it out. Removed it, and I do like it better. So there is that. But the red, for now, I like. Like my first Schwinn Typhoon. Makes me happy.

The TD126, though. That one I'm keeping upright and traditional. The armboard, however, was cut for a tonearm other than a Black Widow, so I will likely hunt down a piece of 1/2" walnut or mahogany or ebony or similar to complement it better. That turntable lives in the living/dining room, mind you, so it needs to be reserved and sophisticated.

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

Post by kingpin1935 » 10 May 2019 15:34

I recently bought a Rega P1 as a replacement for my old Pioneer whose motor gave up the ghost.
Cost me £225,that`s 10% off retail,thanks to a friend working in AudioT in Swansea.
I was going to put an AAT95e on it but I`m very pleased with the sound I`m getting from the factory installed carbon cartridge.Maybe I`ll sell the AT95 in a Technics headshell.I fitted it to my Pioneer TT but the motor failed soon after that.

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

Post by kingpin1935 » 10 May 2019 15:35

I recently bought a Rega P1 as a replacement for my old Pioneer whose motor gave up the ghost.
Cost me £225,that`s 10% off retail,thanks to a friend working in AudioT in Swansea.
I was going to put an AAT95e on it but I`m very pleased with the sound I`m getting from the factory installed carbon cartridge.Maybe I`ll sell the AT95 in a Technics headshell.I fitted it to my Pioneer TT but the motor failed soon after that.


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

Post by Luxman78 » 18 May 2019 21:20

norville rogers wrote:
24 Mar 2019 19:23
Spent £15 quid on a new dust cover,
Wheeeere!?!? Please tell me where you got a new dust cover!! I'm ordering two right away!

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

Post by davidsss » 19 May 2019 11:37

Thorens TD124 with a SME arm? It's worth listening to.

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

Post by beatconnections » 20 May 2019 18:31

My Ariston RD11s -$350.00
Tonearm: Linn Basik LVX - has a detachable headshell, I kinda like the ease of that :]
Replaced original suspension springs with new Linn suspension springs
Replaced original tonearm cable with Canare tonearm Cables - self installed
Replaced original belt
Cartridge: Linn Adikt - self installed / sometimes my Linn K9

Systemdek IIX (with original outboard speed controller) - $300.00
Tonearm: Rega RB300 - great as is
Suspension - great as is
Cartridge: Rega Bias(2) / Ortofon 2M Red / sometimes I swap my Linn Adkit over to it

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

Post by tcolegrove » 20 May 2019 19:16

My current turntable is the SL-1210 mkII. I bought it in a lot of 15 turntables. It came in the original box - all the other turntables were parts machines. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box to find it was absolutely pristine (not even a scratch!). It cost me $40 (the price for the lot divided by 15). I've since added a new Technics dust cover and a pair of hinges. I think it'll be around a while.

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

Post by Luxman78 » 20 May 2019 20:09

tcolegrove wrote:
20 May 2019 19:16
I've since added a new Technics dust cover and a pair of hinges.
Where do you all buy new Technics dust covers??

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

Post by rvb » 23 May 2019 20:09

It was a moderate price back in 1983, $300.

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

Post by tcolegrove » 23 May 2019 20:40

Luxman78 wrote:
20 May 2019 20:09
tcolegrove wrote:
20 May 2019 19:16
I've since added a new Technics dust cover and a pair of hinges.
Where do you all buy new Technics dust covers??
I found mine on eBay from a UK seller.

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

Post by Luxman78 » 23 May 2019 23:03

tcolegrove wrote:
23 May 2019 20:40
Luxman78 wrote:
20 May 2019 20:09
tcolegrove wrote:
20 May 2019 19:16
I've since added a new Technics dust cover and a pair of hinges.
Where do you all buy new Technics dust covers??
I found mine on eBay from a UK seller.
I had no luck there, mine is a bit different, I don't have much choice with covers from other Technics TTs.

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