Which Vintage turntable?

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Hello all,

This is my first post, so please be kind.

Although I am currently happy with my Pro-ject Genie turntable with 2M RED I would at some point like to get a more traditional looking deck. Something with character.

I would ideally like to stay around the <£250 mark, used or new. Likely used. Wood being the main feature I guess, though not essential. 1970's would be great but I don't mind going newer.

Is there anything that could match the sound quality of the Genie? Thorens do make a new turntable which is rather traditional but it's £650. Would a B&O turntable be a step down?

My current set up:

Separo P88i valve amplifier (KT88's) 50W

Project MM phono stage

1970's Goodmans Magnum K2 speakers

Pro-ject Genie 2M RED (current model)

Any links to current things for sale would be much appreciated.

Regards

Jonathan

 

SergeAuckland

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Welcome to the 'Wam. Interesting classic loudspeakers. Haven't heard those for many a year!

Turntables with character:-

Ariston RD11 if you want something that looks traditional, or the RD40 if you want something that's a talking point.

The classic Garrard 401, but you would be lucky to find one in budget. Pink Triangle, you might find in budfgert, but the pink lid may need repairing or replacing, Acoustic Research Legend should come in on budget as would a Thorens TD150 or TD160.

Good luck with the search.

 

surayne

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A Lenco might do the trick - an L75 would be well within budget, stick it in a plinth of your choosing (or make one to suit) and add an arm to suit your budget.

Heybrook TT2s go for reasonable prices these days and are great value.

 

goomer

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£100 - £150 will get you a nice Thorens TD-150 mkII with the golf ball shaped counterweighted, Thorens TP-13 arm. Put in a decent moving magnet cartridge and that is a lovely sounding, classic looking turntable which is easy to maintain/service and live with.

 

Borats Baby

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You may get one of the Project RPM series with that money. I've only heard the the RPM5 I think it was, but that is a good deck, looks good too.

I keep thinking about changing my 1-Xpression for one of the RPM series as I really like them.

 

naxos10

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There are possibilities from Thorens TD160?, Rega 2/3, Systemdek (various models), Ariston (various models)Linn Basik to name but a few. Hhave a look at the classifieds to give you a clue on product and prices but you will need to put in a few posts in order to purchase.

 

It Cost How Much!?!

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My vote would be;

Ariston RD11S

Logic DM101 - by far the best TT

Heybrook TT2

Manticore Mantra

Linn Axis

Systemdek III

Systemdek IIS (if you like the biscuit tin look), so much better than the Ariston RD40.

 

tackleberry

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If you don't mind a bit of DIY, lenco's are great. You can play jazz with the design, stick a linn or rega arm on, really easy to work with. I've, got loads hangin around, for when I feel like making something....

 

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Parmley, premier table from the period you are looking at is the Thorens TD125. You should be able to get one with Thorens arm and factory plinth for your budget. Classic combination was an SME 3009 II and Shure V15 cartridge. Assembling all of that might run to around 500.

 

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Absolute agreement from me on the TD125 if you're lookin at any Thorens deck. Crazy value on the used market for what was a true high end deck back in the day.

 

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+ 1 for the Lenco, opens a big window for upgraditus, but even standard ones are musical, and listenable with basic care and servicing.

 

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There are possibilities from Thorens TD160?, Rega 2/3, Systemdek (various models), Ariston (various models)Linn Basik to name but a few. Hhave a look at the classifieds to give you a clue on product and prices but you will need to put in a few posts in order to purchase.
Nope. You can fill your boots as soon as you register. 50 posts or subscription to sell :^

 

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I was looking at Stuart's Walker last night. What a simple & elegant design that was. A well executed suspension, a very nice bearing, and a platter made from Tufnol. Indeed I guess the platter pre-dated Pink Triangle's use of acrylic, although Arthur still somehow inexplicably managed to get a patent on the use of such materials.

If memory serves they were also a lovely sounding deck yet this one hadn't sold for £70. I guess too few people have heard or seen one.

 

Von Krolock

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Yes, the Walker CJ55 was a great deck, I regretted selling mine many years ago.

Well worth looking at.

 

andreweast

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I've been astounded by how good a tweaked Lenco can sound. A stock one is quite bread and butter but still enjoyable.

If you can stretch your budget I have a spare 401 (probably not a good option though because you'll need to find a plinth).

 

wolf larson

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Pink triangle lpt is more fuss free than suspended ones, and sound great on a solid platform. Heybrook tt2 is a different beast that I've always thought were underrated. Both will sound grrrreat.

 

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