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post Nov 14 2011, 18:32
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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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post Nov 15 2011, 16:47
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I'd rather have a 2nd hand direct drive than a 2nd hand belt drive any day.

Everybody wants to believe what he wants to believe. The only DD I ever tried was a Technics 1800 - a noisy piece of junk.
I have three TT's currently still in operation, one belt drive transcriptors hydraulik reference that I own since 1969, and two thorens td 125, also beltdrive and working perfectly, after just a cleanup job.
Direct drive is for sissies.

And no, you can't get a decent TT for 100$. Even considering a technics 1210 (sacrilege), a good used one is at least over 200$.

Actually - I am lying.

I got a technics sl 10 at a second hand store including the the other mini components for $ 9.50.
The technics is a DD with tangential arm, and came with the original technics cartridge 310 mc. That player is the pinnacle of convenience, works like a charm, and is my preferred player.
Unfortunate however - the closed compartment lets the stylus attract dirt like a vacuum cleaner, even on records I cleaned wet on the table before playing.
But quality wise I have to see better yet.
That player however usually goes for over 200$ on ebay.

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