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  • Classic Turntables

    Not going to find many arguments here about the old classic turntable designs.

    Here we go with something I know near and dear to David's heart!

    Not only has then been a renaissance in vinyl but in the restoration and reappreciation of classic turntable designs like Technics, Garrard, EMT, Lenco, Micro Seiki etc. Belt, idler and direct drive all have their proponents and now these table come in beautifully designed packages. People like Steve Dobbins in the US got audiophiles talking with his The Beat rework of the Technics table while some people in Italy are making beautiful Garrard tables.(see this link for more on some of these restored classic tables: http://www.theanalogdept.com/stefano_bertoncello.htm) And if you've heard them, there is clearly some magic in those tables!

    What old tables float your boat?
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    Micro-Seikis always floated my boat. Look where that got me. LOL. Other than M-S I would have to say EMTs. The looks alone are so Studer like. That I am using an EMT phonostage is proof

    A neighbor just scored a friggin NIB Nakamichi self-centering table. I should visit him soon. That's a rare bird right there. No shortage of classic tables here. Another neighbor literally a par 4 away has got a bunch of Garrards, a TD124 and a Goldmund Studio. While nice, none really float my boat too much. I think I'm one of the few that prefer a TD124 to a 301. A buddy has a Thorens Ref but it isn't operational. Sad that.

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    • #3
      Some mighty purty pictures of Chris' Artisan tables!

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      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        I liked the look of those Pioneer Exclusive TT's as well. I have no experience with them though....how were they?
        Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
            I liked the look of those Pioneer Exclusive TT's as well. I have no experience with them though....how were they?

            Good question, I have no experience with them. But know some love them. Too bad Shane isn't here because he swears by his Pioneer.
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • #7
              We need to add Thorens TD-124s and Lenco as well. I'll see about digging out a TD-124. I only have four all resting in the garage...

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              • #8
                The old table that floats my boat is my Technics SP-10 MKII. It's hard to find one that doesn't look like it was used for third base, but they might still be one of the best buys and best sounding tables if you can find one in good condition and get a decent plinth made for it.
                Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                • #9
                  Myles those artisan Fidelity tables are flat out mouthwatering to the eye.
                  TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter matte & weight; Arcam R Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

                  Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

                  VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
                  Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

                  Piega C711 Loudspeakers

                  Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

                  Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator

                  Shunyata Hydra 8; Shunyata AC Cords; Synergistic Research Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cord, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates & Blue Outlets, Furutech NCF Booster Brace, Audio Art Ref balanced ICs, MIT Oracle IC and Magnum Speaker Cables

                  Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD1200s Headphones.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 1morerecord2clean View Post
                    Myles those artisan Fidelity tables are flat out mouthwatering to the eye.

                    Yeah they are even better looking in person! Work of art!

                    Love the look of the Ikeda arm too! Wish when I was reviewing the 9TT, could have also mounted the Ikeda arm on my table to hear the combo. That should be addressed in the near future.
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 1morerecord2clean View Post
                      Myles those artisan Fidelity tables are flat out mouthwatering to the eye.

                      Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mep View Post
                        The old table that floats my boat is my Technics SP-10 MKII. It's hard to find one that doesn't look like it was used for third base, but they might still be one of the best buys and best sounding tables if you can find one in good condition and get a decent plinth made for it.
                        Although I am partial to SP-10Mk3s, I've seen and heard Pass Labs' SP-10MkII in their custom plinth in shows and it was an impressive setup. I ask Jam who's at Pass Labs for their source for the plinth but the person who had them made retired...or moved on.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
                          Although I am partial to SP-10Mk3s, I've seen and heard Pass Labs' SP-10MkII in their custom plinth in shows and it was an impressive setup. I ask Jam who's at Pass Labs for their source for the plinth but the person who had them made retired...or moved on.

                          I have a picture somewhere of the PASS table, Micro Seiki 505 arm and power supply but IIRC the plinth looked like the picture above with Triplanar arm.
                          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                          ________________________________________

                          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
                            Although I am partial to SP-10Mk3s, I've seen and heard Pass Labs' SP-10MkII in their custom plinth in shows and it was an impressive setup. I ask Jam who's at Pass Labs for their source for the plinth but the person who had them made retired...or moved on.

                            I would be partial to a MKIII as well if I could find one I could afford. In the meantime, MKII tables remain somewhat plentiful and a bargain while MKIIIs are as rare as an honest man at a pickpocket convention.
                            Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post


                              I have a picture somewhere of the PASS table, Micro Seiki 505 arm and power supply but IIRC the plinth looked like the picture above with Triplanar arm.
                              I too have the photos of the Pass Labs SP-10Mk2 in my old iPhone with dead battery and corroded connector...keeping me from extracting the pictures and videos.

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