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    What's your Turntable?

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    GlacierJohn

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by GlacierJohn on Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:40 pm

    I have two that I first bought in the 80s and have recently restored to get back into vinyl. I like them both for different reasons. I like my Bang and Olufsen Bogram 4002 for its full auto ease of listing and my Sonograph SG3 with Sumiko MMT tonearm - Grado Longhorn cartridge for the sound, though I'm not as critical a listener as I once was. Now I just listen to music without all the overanalyzing angst.

    ramon68

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by ramon68 on Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:40 pm

    Tiguan, lets have some details about your TT when it is finished. Especially the platter bearing and drive.

    ramon68

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by ramon68 on Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:56 pm

    I have a 30 year old Linn with a Lingo power supply that died on me, so I had it rebuilt in England 3 years ago by Class A Audio Repair.
    Highly recommended outfit.
    I wouldn't buy a new Linn. They long ago lost the value for money sweeps. VPI and SOTA offer much better
    bang for the buck. But there are several cost effective aftermarket upgrades that will keep an old Linn from sounding obsolete.

    skriefal

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by skriefal on Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:29 pm

    <<<

    My avatar is my turntable.  A VPI Prime.  I've had it for less than two months but am liking it a lot so far.  Cartridge is a Dynavector 17D3.  Maybe I'll even take my own photo soon to replace the stock image...

    corndog71

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by corndog71 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:42 pm

    Rega P25 with GrooveTracer subplatter and Shure M97xE cartridge. I also use a Bottlehead Reduction Phono Preamp.



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    Brap

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Brap on Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:20 pm

    Rega RP3 and just upgraded to Ortofon Bronze Quintet LOMC. Sweet sounding cart FWIW. previous was the MM Elyss II. Big difference Exclamation

    GP49

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by GP49 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:09 pm

    Garrard 301, laminated birch ply plinth, Rabco SL-8E tonearm with custom arm wand, Decca Gold cartridge upgraded to Super Gold.


    Hunter1663

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Hunter1663 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:35 pm

    Just got a new Pro-ject X-tension 12 with a blackbird cartridge.

    MarcVBelgium

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    re: What 's your turntable

    Post by MarcVBelgium on Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:10 pm


    I have a 20 yr old, but completely updated Michell Gyrodeck with SME V and Micro Benz "Wood" MC cartridge.
    Phono preamp is a Violectric PPA V600 (Germany). Interconnects Deskadel Silver.

    TN Allen

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by TN Allen on Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:14 pm

    This turntable is a combination of parts from other turntables, the platter is AR, tone arm Technics, on a solid Baltic Birch plinth with Cherry veneer. The top and bottom are Corian. The motor is a new Hurst that is remarkably quiet and with minimal vibration. The cartridge is a Shure M97x.


    flak monkey

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by flak monkey on Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:52 am

    I've got one of the old original Roksan Radius' with a modified RB250 arm and Ortofon 2m Black Cart




    deepee99

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by deepee99 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:32 am

    Flak,
    That's sweet.
    How do you like your 2m Ortofon? Thinking of putting one on my tone-arm.

    flak monkey

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by flak monkey on Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:10 am

    Thanks. I love the 2m Black. They are a touch on the expensive side to be honest but the sound quality from it is the best of any MM cart I've heard.

    deepee99

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by deepee99 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:47 am

    flak monkey wrote:Thanks. I love the 2m Black. They are a touch on the expensive side to be honest but the sound quality from it is the best of any MM cart I've heard.

    I have a Bronze 2m; never have plugged it in. Thought I would give it a try before plunging into upgrading the stylus to the black series. Having just sold my speaks, the stereo's torn apart so this would probably be the time to do it.

    I've actually been quite happy with the MC3-Turbo but understand the 2M is a step-level improvement.

    Cheers,
    David

    Dave_in_Va

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Dave_in_Va on Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:49 pm

    About 20 months ago when I got my VTA ST70 and SP/PH10 I read up on turntables and it was like reading about people arguing about their favorite color. So I went with what was available locally and seemed like a pretty nice turntable.
    I bought a Music Hall 5.1 and it is pretty nice. I'm happy with it. I sure wish current USA vinyl LP pressings were as nice as the the gear they spin on.

    Tube Nube

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Tube Nube on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:24 pm

    Nice deck. Especially if you can get it in red. Definitely the red ones are best.
    ;-)

    I get most my records from soundstagedirect.com and have only been disappointed in one sample--a recent Norah Jones release. They carry lots of audiophile pressings by the likes of MoFi. Well worth the extra 10bux in every case where I had the mainstream pressing for comparison.

    deepee99

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by deepee99 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:50 pm

    Yep, my red VPI sounds better than other colours I've heard bounce


    Tube Nube

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Tube Nube on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:02 pm

    A warmer and more vibrant sound. Dynamics conveyed with greater passion!

    deepee99

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by deepee99 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:28 pm

    Tube Nube wrote:A warmer and more vibrant sound. Dynamics conveyed with greater passion!

    Aw, Noob, it's all in the bouquet and the nose, prepping one for their fine finish. It is best to mount a red plinth upon a cork mat as well. Ahh, the sensual memories of the French back-country, the mis-en-bouteille Chateauneuf-du-Pape, spring so readily to mind when one spins discs on a Burgundy plinth. ...

    BTW, approaching thread-drift here, but when did we start calling them plinths? I always thought they were, um, turntables or record-players.

    Tube Nube

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Tube Nube on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:48 pm

    Good question. It seems consistent with the hoiti-toitification of hi fi gear. Imagine my less than eloquent expression when first reading about the need to "dress the arm cable" of my LP 12! You would be right in assuming it's a supposedly finnicky manoever performed under the plinth!

    The hobby is technically and aesthetically (note the hoity toity spellin) challenging as it is. No need to make it more esoteric. I guess it's a ploy to inflate the image and perceived value of the gear.


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    deepee99

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by deepee99 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:49 pm

    Tube Nube wrote:Good question. It seems consistent with the hoiti-toitification of hi fi gear. Imagine my less than eloquent expression when first reading about the need to "dress the arm cable" of my LP 12! You would be right in assuming it's a supposedly finnicky manoever performed under the plinth!

    There are laws against that.

    Tube Nube

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Tube Nube on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:59 pm

    In so far as it's a Linn, I just refer to "reaching under the lasses skirt" but not for a L O L A moment of cable dressing or undressing. Now tweaking the subchassis springs. . . That's a skill, but it doesnt require a professional engineering certificate. Not unless it's to be called something like "micro tuming the vibration dampening..."

    deepee99

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by deepee99 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:01 pm

    Tube Nube wrote:In so far as it's a Linn, I just refer to "reaching under the lasses skirt" but not for a L O L A moment of cable dressing or undressing. Now tweaking the subchassis springs. . . That's a skill, but it doesnt require a professional engineering certificate. Not unless it's to be called something like "micro tuming the vibration dampening..."

    Just throw a coupla four or eight tennis balls under it, you'll be fine. If the balls go flat, they'll make more...

    TN Allen

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by TN Allen on Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:03 pm

    Perhaps it's the cost of some of the gear that encourages the esoteric language, inflated expectations and claims.

    Tube Nube

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    Re: What's your Turntable?

    Post by Tube Nube on Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:56 pm

    Hence the age old question of which came first, the hoity or the toity!


    I am just eternally grateful I was steered toward the Dynakit when I was on the up-grade war path. I hate to think what I would have willingly spent in an audio boutique. I doubt I would have let myself spend enough to get the same quality/performance of VTA kit-built gear. Judging from the comparisons others have made, it costs an awful lot of $ to do better.

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