looking to buy an entry level turntable

alboy1975

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Hi

Probably in wrong section, but I'm looking for an entry level secondhand turntable (preferably a pro-ject debut carbon III or something similar). I'm on a tight budget and wonder if anyone's seen anything good. can't seem to find a turntable section in classifieds. I have been advise that a Project carbon is a good place to start , but other option will be appreciated.

 

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There isn't a turntable section in the classifieds, there are no sections at all!

This is a good place to get a discussion going and give you some options but once you know what you want put a wanted ad in the classifieds

If you want to sort through the classifieds for turntables use the advanced search function, you can search by keyword and forum.

 

alboy1975

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seen a rega planar 3 with rega arm and rega elys cart. auction has about 2 hours to go. is this turntable any good?

 

vinyljames

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I purchased my Pro-ject debut II from a shop, SuperFi if I remember correctly, as an ex display model. Still boxed etc, for a very reasonable price. Within what you've stated for your budget, so perhaps pop to some local shops and see what they can do for you?

Alternatively, have a look at second hand DUAL turntables. A friend of mine picked up a stunning C505-3 for an absolute steal from the usual auction sites, I borrowed it off him and I loved the sound from it. Definitely worth looking into and you can get some bargains well within your budget if you can afford to look around.

 

anubisgrau

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systemdek on a good support can sound very decent and costs nothing - usually around 50 quid without an arm or 150 with. you can't do any better....

 

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does the arcam a18 need separate phono stage?
Should tell you in the manual or on the arcam website... it's possible they are an optional extra on the Arcams so there may not be an input specifically marked "phono" on the back of your amplifier.

 

FiftyPlus

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I purchased my Pro-ject debut II from a shop, SuperFi if I remember correctly, as an ex display model. Still boxed etc, for a very reasonable price. Within what you've stated for your budget, so perhaps pop to some local shops and see what they can do for you?Alternatively, have a look at second hand DUAL turntables. A friend of mine picked up a stunning C505-3 for an absolute steal from the usual auction sites, I borrowed it off him and I loved the sound from it. Definitely worth looking into and you can get some bargains well within your budget if you can afford to look around.
The basic Project which starts within your budget will wipe the floor with most basic turntables from the golden age of vinyl. Not sure about a S/H Dual, but it was regarded as a good starting point in it's day (30 years ago). My personal preference would be to look at the basic Project or Rega decks that start at well below £200 and are widely available from "proper" hi-fi stores. I seem to remember seeing a special edition Rega on sale at Rough Trade East in London for £179 (so has reached beyond specialist hi-fi dealers). If I went S/H I would be looking at Thorens or Michell (the latter seems to have increased in value so maybe out of budget), or another middle range specialist T/T, and avoid anything that is gimmick laden - which often means it's a late budget model that helped sound the death knell for widespread use of vinyl. If you do buy S/H then be prepared to add the cost of a new cartridge/stylus fairly soon.

 

johnniebaby

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The basic Project which starts within your budget will wipe the floor with most basic turntables from the golden age of vinyl. Not sure about a S/H Dual, but it was regarded as a good starting point in it's day (30 years ago). My personal preference would be to look at the basic Project or Rega decks that start at well below £200 and are widely available from "proper" hi-fi stores. I seem to remember seeing a special edition Rega on sale at Rough Trade East in London for £179 (so has reached beyond specialist hi-fi dealers). If I went S/H I would be looking at Thorens or Michell (the latter seems to have increased in value so maybe out of budget), or another middle range specialist T/T, and avoid anything that is gimmick laden - which often means it's a late budget model that helped sound the death knell for widespread use of vinyl. If you do buy S/H then be prepared to add the cost of a new cartridge/stylus fairly soon.
You never seem to tire of spouting rubbish.

 

FiftyPlus

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You never seem to tire of spouting rubbish.
I have heard both. I came into hi-fi when the revered budget turntables were current and wished that something like the Project existed then. It would have saved a lot of upgraditus in the early days. I thought I had a lot of bad pressings, but when I did upgrade to the Michell, using the same cartridge and stylus and set up I had used on my respected Japanese budget T/T, it was like having new records - even down to losing a lot of surface noise. The Project is a lot closer to what I have now than what I and others had then. For the price it is an excellent start, though I don't know how it would fare with more than a modest cartridge upgrade. There is a lot of rose tinted hindsight in audio.

 

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