jbcortes

SOLD - RARE - YAMAHA PF1000 + MC1000

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Hi all,

Moving away from analogue for good, lack of time to listen to all the music I have, and digital is just more practical. Some you have already benefited from this decision records/cartridge-wise :) Praying very hard I won't regret it. Selling this TT is the biggest leap.

Final part of the sale is my sought-after PF1000 and its MC1000 cartridge. No need to introduce this heavy top end Yamaha table, you can check it out on Vintageknob. I will just say one thing, after 20 years in analogue. I've had Regas, Project, Nottingham Analogue, Brinkmann, Thorens TTs: you will have to spend at least 7 or 8 x my asking price on a modern one to just match this. No company today can produce this kind of quality (build AND sound) at real word prices anymore: the two-metal platter, the fine speed adjustment for both 33 and 45, the real power supply inside (not a wallwart) would just cost too much to manufacture for a niche market. The MC1000 cartridge is in full working condition, although I have no idea how old it is. It's working well. 

I do not have the original box but have just found an alternative box. It was used to ship a Murano crystal chandelier, so it will be well-protected. I do have the transportation screws.

This table without cart usually goes for around £1200.The cart is around £270 (Springair just sold one last week).

It's worth mentioning that this TT will take much more high-end carts than the one included. I used it with a 2K Soundsmith. The MC1000 is no slouch and is really a great solution, though, for one not willing to spend too much in a plug and play package.

On to the details and fine print:

1) Condition is really lovely for a vintage TT. Of note are a few marks on the lid just where it touches one of the springs cover (can be adjusted to avoid that) and a mini chip in the wood, see pictures. But really, this baby looks good. The TT is equipped with its own captive set of ICs, which is not an afterthought but a really nice, sturdy affair with insulated plugs. No need to spend more on cables. The belt is brand new.

2) The weight adjustment is done, quite logically, via the counterweight and a knob. It allows for very fine adjustement. At the time, Yamaha also thought it would be a good idea to ad a second, rougher way to approximate it, for people who don't own scales. This secondary, afterthought little knob is well-known to die on most PF1000. It can be repaired if you're into DIY. I won't risk it, especially since it's completely useless. Mine still works a bit to be fair, but honestly, there's no point to this thing.

3) A plasticky gauge was also given for rough alignment of the cart. Never seen one for real, and apparently it was also quite approximative. I'm giving a proper protractor specially made for the PF1000. It's worth noting that the turntable is designed so that only overhang can be adjusted. The cartridge is assumed aligned when the overhang is correct (which my protractor confirmed).

4) As on most turntable of this era, the mains lead was cut to allow it to go through a piece of furniture. There's 30 cm left. I will provide the Corfac2 studio cable I used it with, connected with a connector block, simply add UK plug.

I cannot put up more than one pic due to size, please email for additional pics and/or questions. No offers will be considered at this price. In the same way that I sold my records for 50% off Discogs on average, what matters to me here is to do a friendly, relaxed deal with a reputable Wammer, a forum I've been a member of for a long time, and for this baby to find a nice home.

Good luck finding another deal like this people. It's a good thing I'm crazy and impulsive (and yet very sweet :))

NOW SOLD

 

 

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Lovely.

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Lovely and I love that twin pipe tonearm. Glws

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Very nice, I used to have its 'little' brother the PF800.

IIRC the left signal goes down one arm tube, the right signal down the other.

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Final price drop to £790 shipping to UK included. Could contemplate partial P/X with quality headphone amp, or maybe headphones (Grado, Sennheiser, not that I really need another pair....)

J.

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How compatible is it with other non Yamaha carts? Fixture wise.

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If it's the same or similar arm as my old PF800, which I think it is, then it's a standard 1/2 inch mount - I tried several different carts with great success, including a rather nice MC or two.

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It's indeed compatible with any cart as far as I know. It was with my Soundsmith, in any case, so no reason why it wouldn't be with others.

The only specificity of this table is that the mounting system is designed to automatically align the cartridge if overhang is correct. The offset angle is predetermined by the way the cart sits on the headshell. Once screwed in, you can only adjust overhang. If the latter is correct, offset angle is correct too, automatically. I checked with my Soundsmith and a dedicated protractor and that was indeed the case.

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