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PostSubject: Looking for a decent turntable   Mon May 13, 2013 5:43 pm

If there is already a thread about this please direct me there. Looking for a decent vinyl to CD turntable. Doesn't have to be USB it can record right to cd for all I care. I've read good and bad about Crosley. I have a friend who bought one and hated it but one of my albums that he ripped for me sounds pretty good (Gary Numan's Pleasure Principle and Devo's Are We Not Men We Are Devo). He has something a little different now that is USB only and doesn't do cassettes. I like the fact that the Crosley's are stand alone and he did too but he said that was the ONLY good thing about it. Also I am not wanting to dish out a lot of money. The cassette option would be nice but I already have a Sony tape deck hooked up to the computer and can covert using that. But as I said I would prefer a stand alone all in one unit.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Mon May 13, 2013 6:20 pm

I went through this about a year ago and I decided on the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable. Here's a great review about it: http://www.soundadviceblog.com/reviews/audio-technica-at-lp120-usb-turntable-a-real-find-at-200/
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Mon May 13, 2013 6:33 pm

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I went through this about a year ago and I decided on the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable. Here's a great review about it: http://www.soundadviceblog.com/reviews/audio-technica-at-lp120-usb-turntable-a-real-find-at-200/

I have that one also - I can highly recommend it
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Mon May 13, 2013 8:27 pm

Thanks! I forgot to mention I need one that plays 78's along with 45 & 33.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Mon May 13, 2013 8:57 pm

I have the Audio-Technica as well very good turntable.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Tue May 14, 2013 7:24 pm

mikeinfla wrote:
Thanks! I forgot to mention I need one that plays 78's along with 45 & 33.

78s!!!?!?! What the heck are you listening to on 78, Grandpa?
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Wed May 15, 2013 6:43 am

HAHA! An old lady we know has some vinyl from the 30's and wants them transfered over. Said if we put them on CD we could have the mint condition vinyl,
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Thu May 16, 2013 1:33 am

Try a Dual 1219. It does 33, 45, 78 and has adjustable pitch. It's a solid built old German turntable/changer. The only weird thing about them is that it uses a sled(instead of using a removable headshell.), though if you have different sleds you can have different carts on each one, as well.

...and they are built like a tank. I have a 1219 that has a Grado GF3 cartridge with a 8mz stylus in it........ I also use a Pickering V15/AT1 with a 78 or a regular conical stylus(for beat up or older records. I can swap them out pretty easily). Worked on it myself and it sounds pretty good!!!! Damn I need to take a current picture of it..........

Here is a link:

http://www.dual-reference.com/tables/1219.htm

I have this one too:

http://www.dual-reference.com/tables/1215s.htm



If you want something a little more current, You can also get Technics SL-1200/1210 already modified for 78s here:

http://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/

or get an existing one modified.


That Audio Technica one they have been recommending does 78 rpm as well.

Make sure to use a 78 stylus on those shellacs and do not use alcohol to clean them, just soap and water, alcohol will do bad things to them........


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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Thu May 16, 2013 11:36 am

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HAHA! An old lady we know has some vinyl from the 30's and wants them transfered over. Said if we put them on CD we could have the mint condition vinyl,

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Tue May 21, 2013 2:07 pm

Hey mikeinfla,
Here is an Audio-Technica AT-LP120 playing an Edison 80 rpm diamond disc.






Hopefully this helps with your decision.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Tue May 21, 2013 2:45 pm

I tend to buy vintage for no other reason but the fact that I merely like vintage, but I hear a lot about Technica being the ultimate turntable mfr.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Fri May 24, 2013 7:33 pm

chewie wrote:
Hey mikeinfla,
Here is an Audio-Technica AT-LP120 playing an Edison 80 rpm diamond disc.






Hopefully this helps with your decision.


I like that one! Reminds me of Technics that I used to use when I worked in radio. A technics was the turntable of choice for radio stations. This looks identical to it so if that's any indication it's probably a good turn table. I saw a SONY at Best Buy yesterday for $129.99. I know Sony does make some decent stuff and it looked on but when I picked up the display to check it out it felt like cheap Chinese plastic. Don't know where it was made. I left empty handed that day and its probably a good thing. I did ask the guy about Audio Technica and he said they could prob get one but I'd prob be better off front somewhere else since it seems that it isn't a regular item at Best Buy.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Fri May 24, 2013 8:02 pm

mikeinfla wrote:
chewie wrote:
Hey mikeinfla,
Here is an Audio-Technica AT-LP120 playing an Edison 80 rpm diamond disc.






Hopefully this helps with your decision.


I like that one! Reminds me of Technics that I used to use when I worked in radio. A technics was the turntable of choice for radio stations. This looks identical to it so if that's any indication it's probably a good turn table. I saw a SONY at Best Buy yesterday for $129.99. I know Sony does make some decent stuff and it looked on but when I picked up the display to check it out it felt like cheap Chinese plastic. Don't know where it was made. I left empty handed that day and its probably a good thing. I did ask the guy about Audio Technica and he said they could prob get one but I'd prob be better off front somewhere else since it seems that it isn't a regular item at Best Buy.

I got mine (that exact one) from amazon. If you search around online, you can find it for a good price. I am VERY happy with it - it sounds better than the one I had before (JVC belt driven turntable)
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:01 am

Ok still browsing. Was wondering what te biggest difference is in the LP60usb vs. the LP120. LP120 certainly looks much nicer but I have no need for pitch control (and the LP60 doesn't seem to support 78's but I may be willing to skip this option for the right price and just do the old lady's LP's). Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:08 am

This is the one I want and this company seems to have a good price on them compared to others. Plus they have some kind of payment plan. No interest but costs 15 bucks more.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--AUTATPL120
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:15 pm

Got this for Father's Day:


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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:50 pm

This is the model I have; Technics 1800MK2
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:28 pm

Hey everyone thanks for the input. I finally ordered the AT LP120 from http://zzounds.com. They have it on a payment plan of 4 payments of $63. Not bad. I didn't not order an extra stylus. I'm hoping the one that comes with it will suffice for 33's & 45's. I know some of the reviewers on Amazon and Zzounds recommend the Shure 97 stylus as it tracks at half the grams. Has anyone had any problems with the factory stylus from Audio Technica? Thanks, I can't wait to get back into vinyl!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:30 pm

Also I've heard good things about the DAK turntable that is not USB but comes with a nice little mixer at http://www.dak.com if anyone wants to see what they have to offer
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:53 am

Suhweeeeet!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:50 am

Also those of you with an LP120, do 180 gram discs need to have a different set up for the stylus? I noticed there are 2 that may come with. 120. A green stylus that tracks at 2 grams and a white one that tracks at 3.5. Really, what's the difference? Still waiting on mine it should deliver on Saturday!!! I also have my own preamp with a phono input but I will give the internal amp a shot and see how well it sounds. Some folks complain about it and others are happy to have it.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:26 am

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Also those of you with an LP120, do 180 gram discs need to have a different set up for the stylus? I noticed there are 2 that may come with. 120. A green stylus that tracks at 2 grams and a white one that tracks at 3.5. Really, what's the difference? Still waiting on mine it should deliver on Saturday!!! I also have my own preamp with a phono input but I will give the internal amp a shot and see how well it sounds. Some folks complain about it and others are happy to have it.

Not that I am aware of...... I also changed out to the Shure (97 I think)
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:52 am

I read some more of the fine print on my order. The LP120 now comes with the green 95E stylus which tracks at 2 grams and is comparable to the Shure 97. In fact they are the same price if you order that style. I've read where this type of stylus is much better than the one that came with the turntable last year.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:13 pm

mikeinfla wrote:
I read some more of the fine print on my order. The LP120 now comes with the green 95E stylus which tracks at 2 grams and is comparable to the Shure 97. In fact they are the same price if you order that style. I've read where this type of stylus is much better than the one that came with the turntable last year.

Mine came with the older one, which is why I upgraded right away
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a decent turntable   Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:33 pm

Mine came in today and sounds good, however now it is skating across the album for reasons I dont understand.
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