How much did your TT(s) cost?

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df_genius
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How much did your TT(s) cost?

Post by df_genius » 09 Oct 2006 13:31

Difficult to turn into a poll because of currencies, nonetheless I will start:

Main TT:

Logic DM101 £80
New belt: £7
Rega RB250 £60
Michell Tecnoweight £66
Tonearm cable £9
Dynavector DV20XH £150
SRM/Tech silicone mat/bearing pad/bearing sleeves £50

Total £422

2nd TT:

Thorens TD160B II (with 2 new belts) £34
SME 3009 Series II Improved £80
Tonearm cable £9
Bronze bearing for SME £45
Vinyl floor tiles for TT (superb damping material) £3
MDF for base £2
Goldring 1020 £28

Total £203

Considering what can be bought new for that money (the dynavector is as much new as my entire main TT!), I think I have done very well, and am very chuffed about the performance of both decks (the Thorens especially is miles better than it was in standard form).

I am sure the next rung on the ladder (for both decks) will easily reach into four figures to get a big improvement in performance.

Next! :D

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Post by mosin » 09 Oct 2006 16:04

Currently playing Rek-O-Kut... $75 US


(It replaced a Linn LP12 that is in storage, however.)



Currently ongoing DIY... Priceless....




...and still escalating. ;)

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How much did your tt cost?

Post by Blue Angel » 09 Oct 2006 16:45

Hi

One Garrard 301 (the first), UKP0,75, no arm, the next two bought together some time later, UKP30.- for both, 1 Micro Seiki BL51 for about UKP60 with a Micro arm but in very poor condition and now like new.

Others like my Rega Planar Mk3 with Lustre arm +-UKP80.- and about 6 or 7 others at an average price of +-UKP90-.....the law of diminishing returns setting in.

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Post by JaS » 09 Oct 2006 17:01

Blue Angel wrote:Others like my Rega Planar Mk3 with Lustre arm +-UKP80.- and about 6 or 7 others at an average price of +-UKP90-.....the law of diminishing returns setting in.
No mention of the value of the cart you use? I've got a feeling you have more invested than most of us :wink:

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Post by padego » 09 Oct 2006 18:06

Too much!

according to "she who must be obeyed"

I'm trying to figure out how to sneak in the orbe upgrade kit for my gyrodec...
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Post by mosin » 09 Oct 2006 19:18

Jas wrote:
Blue Angel wrote:Others like my Rega Planar Mk3 with Lustre arm +-UKP80.- and about 6 or 7 others at an average price of +-UKP90-.....the law of diminishing returns setting in.
No mention of the value of the cart you use? I've got a feeling you have more invested than most of us :wink:

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JaS
He made his own, so it was almost free. Nobody asked the price of milling machines, patent lawyers, etc., etc., ad infinitum, did they? ;)

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Post by Blue Angel » 09 Oct 2006 19:33

Hi JaS

I guess I do have a considerably larger investment in vinyl but I excluded the carts, the money spent on refurbishing tt's (my own labour and outsourced materials) and I did spend a fair amount of money on my collection of carts. The esteemed poster I think - confined replies to tt's only?

If all the ancilliaries are added (amps, pre's, pre pre's, cable, maintenance, gadgets, spares etc, I WOULD BE SHOT UNBLINDFOLDED AND WITHOUT CEREMONY AT DAWN TOMORROW. I've aleady been asked: 'If you peg tomorrow, where can I dump the rubbish'. Well, we'll have to see about that.

And THAT cart's price has been determined by importers and retailers and I do have mixed feelings about it...

Regards all

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Post by Blue Angel » 09 Oct 2006 19:58

Sssorry

I forgot about what's in the black bag on the broom cupboard - an unrestored but mintish 401. It came with a mediocre Jelco arm and is still resting, awaiting attention. The guy was clearing out his father's house and called to ask if I'd like to buy a Shure ME75ED cart. I nearly declined but went as my curiosity got the better of me. On the way up the steps, I saw the box and the 401's chocolate chassis sticking out. I bought the cart (didn't really want it) and remembered it was Thursday - rubbish day and asked about the contents of the box. I guessed right - it was due out for the rubbish truck.

I made an offer of around R10.- (UKP1.-) for the contents of the box and got it.

Btw, those days are over forever - even here. Now they call you and offer an all plastic fully automatic, faked removable h/shell, cracked and vomited on, broken hinged, ratty 'heirloom from my late dad' tt for 'only' UKP250.-.

blue

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Post by abril » 09 Oct 2006 20:57

Systemdek 11X900 with acrylic platter £25
Motor for Systemdek £23.50
Mission 774 original £80
Cardas tonearm wire and clips £6
Vinyl floor tiles for damping (spares from kitchen)
Systemdek belt £7.50
Denon DL160 £82.70
AudioOrigami services rendered £10
XPC tonearm wire and Neutrik phono plugs £3
Sand to load the arm tube (a walk to the harbour)
Pipe brass fitting (to load the counterweight) £2.50
Solder 0.5kg (attached to subchassis on bearing to stabilise) £6.35

Grand total £246.55

I guess that's about it but then there are the accessories like the AT stylus cleaner ,the DustBug that I run over records the first couple of times I play them and the moulting carbon fibre brush......oh and the spirit level and the .............. :roll:

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Post by Guest » 09 Oct 2006 22:17

mosin wrote:Currently playing Rek-O-Kut... $75 US
Hi mosin, thats a new one on me (Rek-o-kut), thought i had seen them all :oops:

Just googled it though, and it looks very interesting, which model ? would it be the one with the onyx motor stand ?

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Post by Blue Angel » 09 Oct 2006 22:51

Hi JRC

Wait for mosin, but them Rek-o-kuts are real classy rigs - the American 301, so to speak.

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Peanuts compared to some of you guys

Post by Guest » 09 Oct 2006 23:56

1984 era AR" The table": $200
Denon DL 103: $150 or so
Denon SUT : $100
used Grace F9 : $180 ouch!
used Signet TK3ea: Free with a ten dollar turntable used for record cleaning
(NOS) AT 3312XE :$30

around $650 total EUR 516. like I said peanuts

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Post by Lazarus Short » 10 Oct 2006 02:53

The one I actually use:

A bone-stock Dual CS 530 with an Ortofon OM10 cartridge. Love it! $65 US.

Laz

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Post by mosin » 10 Oct 2006 03:53

JRC wrote:
mosin wrote:Currently playing Rek-O-Kut... $75 US
Hi mosin, thats a new one on me (Rek-o-kut), thought i had seen them all :oops:

Just googled it though, and it looks very interesting, which model ? would it be the one with the onyx motor stand ?
JRC and Blue,

The one JRC saw must be some new one made by the company that now owns the name. Mine is a clunky looking old model from the late 1950's called the N-33H. It was generally sold without a plinth at all. Some of them were even sold as kits, but with a different model number. In any event, mine is a single speed, and I am running it with a thread, rather than a belt. It is rugged in that it has an oil bearing with a ½" shaft, roughly 14 mm in world-speak. ;) The platter is adequate, as well.

The Rek-O-Kut turntable was produced by the US maker of cutting lathes many years ago. First, they made a lot of idler types, and later they made some belt driven ones. Those were like the US built Empire turntable, but less glitzy looking. Along with a few of their idler models, those models used the Papst Ausenlaufer motor, also known as the "Electric Flywheel" motor. Some Thorens models used the same motor. Anyway, this wonderful German motor from 195? is a true eddy current three phase design, but all the makers employed a large capacitor in their designs, so that the motor would run on single phase power. Although it was still a very good implementation, it fell considerably short of the possibilities.

Jump to the present day...

Mark Kelly, an Australian engineer, is currently working on circuitry to generate new three phase power for the Papst with three small Tripath chip based stereo amplifiers. This regenerated power will be controlled by a precision frequency oscillator called an OXCO. It has an onboard heater to prevent variance, so it is commonly referred to as an oven controlled oscillator. Anyway, it is the key component of a PCB that feeds the amps which in turn power the motor. The OCXO can be GPS regulated, and the end result will be a motor speed accuracy of one part per trillion. All this will be user maintained on an LCD screen that is to be run by a microprocessor programmed specifically for the application. The user will be able to select speeds, fine tune pitch, etc. Even the possibility of running the turntable on batteries is within reach. It promises to be the tightest controlled power supply for a turntable ever made. My part in the project, along with raygunn's, is to help with the R&D funds by providing money for parts, and by building a pair of turntables that use the circuitry. They will be string driven, or tape driven, although an idler one would be a possibility.

mosin

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Post by thermalbum » 10 Oct 2006 18:17

TT I
Ariston RD40/Mission 774LC/Ariston Stability Base - C$50.00

TT 2
Technics SL1300 Mk 1 - C$ 100.00

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