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tinpanalley
post Nov 14 2011, 18:32
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Hello,
My old turntable might finally be dead. I'm wondering what to buy and have no idea so I thought you guys might be able to offer me some suggestions.

Here's some criteria and things I'm looking for...

- I only play jazz, pop vocalists, pop/rock records at home on my stereo system. This isn't for professional use at all.
- I do want the best my money can buy, which means I'm not someone who wants to "just listen to my records" either in any crappy quality. The turntable has to do its job well and in the best way possible (belt drive vs direct drive?)
- I capture my vinyl via a USB Phono Plus
- I just got an Ortofon Super OM10 and 78 I'd like to keep using.
- I would love it if it could be kept to as close to $100 as possible. Is that impossible? Also, is it going to last 25 years like this Pioneer PL300 has?
- Is it better to just get an older record player from a used or online shop?

Any guidance, advice, suggestions, etc would be really appreciated, guys. Thanks!
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RonaldDumsfeld
post Nov 15 2011, 02:44
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Oops. Silly me. crying.gif

A pair is probably overkill under the circs....... tongue.gif

Although if you had a bit more dosh than the OP it would make sense. Like I said. Twenty years worth of 'audiophile' grade TTs bit the dust. The good old 1210s just keep right on doing their job. No fuss, No bother. Having 2 means that's it for me now. They will see me out. In style. I suspect my grandkids are already starting to eye them up sometimes. rolleyes.gif

It's pretty hard to seriously abuse them too Doug. Really. I've known people to drop them (not mine) to no ill effect. You could conceivably damage the arm I suppose....but even if you did a spare wouldn't cost much - in fact I'd quite like to break mine because it would give me an excuse to buy one of those after market plates and fit something quite flash. Like a Jelco or something. biggrin.gif

I'd rather have a 2nd hand direct drive than a 2nd hand belt drive any day.

Enough already. It's probably not within the OP's budget anyway. You know how it is though? Tidy piece of kit, does it's job, never lets you down, lot of fun over the years. You get attached. It becomes almost family. I feel obliged to recommend them out of a strange sense of loyalty. wink.gif
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