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Turntables you have owned or lusted over.

ellisr63

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Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« on: November 06, 2016, 09:41:44 AM »
Anyone have a favorite turntable that you just loved to listen to... My favorite turntable was a Mitchell GyroDec with a Sumiko modified SME V arm, and a Sumiko Blu Point Special Cartridge. I remember scrounging the used record stores looking for records to listen to again on my setup, then taking them home, and going through the ritual of cleaning the records. It was really fun to cue up the Denon CD player, and turntable and A/B the record and CD for friends, and then ask them which sounded better. I never had anyone pick the CD over the record! When I told them they just selected the record they didn't believe me until I lifted the stylus off the record! I really miss those days, but I think I have become to used to using remote controls now (lazy) to ever go back to records again.
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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 02:47:48 AM »
Im still using my Luxman PD555 Special Limited Production.. 1 of 55, with a SME 312S arm and a VDH Black Beauty SPX, and on the other base a SME Series III arm with a VDH MC10 special stripped.

I also have 2 Technics SL1000 MK2/ SP10 MK2, a Technics SL 110, Thorens TD125,and a Forcell Air Reference, mostly with SME arms.

I think i might still play more vinyl than CD.. It depends a bit what music i want to listen to, as most vinyl pressings is really really badly produced, and pretty much everything out on vinyl after 1985 sure to be destroyed by the digital mastering age, and loss of the art producing vinyl.

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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 10:08:58 AM »
Im still using my Luxman PD555 Special Limited Production.. 1 of 55, with a SME 312S arm and a VDH Black Beauty SPX, and on the other base a SME Series III arm with a VDH MC10 special stripped.

I also have 2 Technics SL1000 MK2/ SP10 MK2, a Technics SL 110, Thorens TD125,and a Forcell Air Reference, mostly with SME arms.

I think i might still play more vinyl than CD.. It depends a bit what music i want to listen to, as most vinyl pressings is really really badly produced, and pretty much everything out on vinyl after 1985 sure to be destroyed by the digital mastering age, and loss of the art producing vinyl.
I remember seeing all of the Turntables listed except the Forcell Air Reference (I might have seen a review though). The Technics were great tables, and I have always loved Luxman equipment! I envy you!
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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2016, 11:49:52 AM »
I bought most of my turntables and arms 7-9 years ago when it was pretty common to find these pieces for a decent price.. Payed around 1300$ for the PD555 back then with a SME series III arm.. It seems the old scool stuff like that is impossible to buy for normal money these days.

Remember buying a SP10 with a SME V arm and a VDH Grashopper for 1400$.
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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2016, 12:09:48 PM »
I had a Kenwood KD-600 turntable, with an SME tonearm, and Grace Ruby cartridge.

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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2016, 03:01:26 PM »
I had a Kenwood KD-600 turntable, with an SME tonearm, and Grace Ruby cartridge.
Is that one of the ones that was made of concrete? I remember seeing those at the Audio Club when I was in the USAF. Great looking table, and as I recall great sounding!
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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2016, 03:02:57 PM »
I bought most of my turntables and arms 7-9 years ago when it was pretty common to find these pieces for a decent price.. Payed around 1300$ for the PD555 back then with a SME series III arm.. It seems the old scool stuff like that is impossible to buy for normal money these days.

Remember buying a SP10 with a SME V arm and a VDH Grashopper for 1400$.
I agree...the price on some of the older pieces of equipment has skyrocketed. I have seen some pieces going for several times more than they did brand new.
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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2016, 03:38:26 PM »
Is that one of the ones that was made of concrete? I remember seeing those at the Audio Club when I was in the USAF. Great looking table, and as I recall great sounding!

The turntable was made of a limestone-resin composite to reduce vibrations. It weighed 35 pounds!

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2016, 06:26:29 PM »
The turntable was made of a limestone-resin composite to reduce vibrations. It weighed 35 pounds!
My mistake... I knew it was heavy!
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2016, 11:32:58 PM »
I am thinking of picking up a Technics SL1000 MK2 from a friend for a price I can't pass up. (free) He has 4 of them and I have always wanted one. I am undecided on finding an older turntable to match my vintage 1960's tube amp though, or just using the Technics. It would be nice to find some vintage speakers too...
This is not for my primary stereo. Just something to piece together for fun.

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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2016, 10:31:43 AM »
I had a Kenwood KD-600 turntable, with an SME tonearm, and Grace Ruby cartridge.

I still have one of those Kenwoods, though mine is the KD-5070.
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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2016, 05:43:18 AM »
Ive only had one and I loved it...was the cheap project carbon x....but with kids int he house too much jumping and skipping to listen...maybe in 18 years when they move out :)

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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2016, 06:45:31 PM »
I am thinking of picking up a Technics SL1000 MK2 from a friend for a price I can't pass up. (free) He has 4 of them and I have always wanted one. I am undecided on finding an older turntable to match my vintage 1960's tube amp though, or just using the Technics. It would be nice to find some vintage speakers too...
This is not for my primary stereo. Just something to piece together for fun.
Free is the best price! A nice Thorens would be a great match up too, but I would go with the free one first, and if later you find a Nostalgia piece get it too.
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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2016, 05:02:37 AM »
the best part was going to the record store or flea market for albums

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Re: Turntables you have owned or lusted over.
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2016, 08:47:09 AM »
the best part was going to the record store or flea market for albums

Yup...albums for a single dollar too.
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