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Recommend me a turntable $500 -$1200

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Hi all,

 

I'm looking for a turntable (probably vintage) for between $500 and $1200, and would love to hear people's suggestions.....

 

I'm very fond of anything Micro Seiki, just love their build quality and style. 

I also like some of the Luxman tables and I've heard Denon (i.e. DP59 or higher) are good too, but my knowledge and listening experiences don't go too far beyond these vintage Japanese style tables.

 

 

If anyone has a similar model tt for sale feel free to let me know

 

 

So I'm grappling with two options - buy a lower to mid-range Micro seiki (or similar), and upgrade the tonearm, or do I put my pennies towards a better table and worry about a tonearm further down the road.

 

I know much of this will come down to what is available at the time, but I'd really like to hear some recommended options from some of our TT enthusiasts! 

 

Any help is appreciated,

 

 

Cheers,

G

 

 

 

 

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just wondering if you have also considered what cartridges and phono preamp you will be using and if that is also included in your budget?

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Hi okitoki, that price range is for the tt, but ideally if I could get away with the tt coming in at the lower end of that range, that would definitely be better for me.  I've quoted a relatively wide budget range because I am looking for something of considerable quality (2nd hand) but I'm not sure exactly where that price point is.

 

 

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Hi grg_pasc, I agree with you, a well looked after micro in that price range would be money well spent IMO. Not so easy find a though. There was a micro MR611 on gumtree recently if your interested, but from memory perhaps a bit overpriced as the higher quality MR622 can be had for similar money.

 

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My best advice is bide your time. I picked up a Fully functional Thorens TD 160 Last year for the princely sum of wait for it $10, yup you heard right. @ Garage sales you can get real lucky.

Flipped it on Gumtree for $350.

Unfortunately for some unfathomable reason prices on even low end tt decks have gone cuckoo for cacka. Makes the whole game a little less fun. Bide your time and you can still get lucky. Stick with known Brands like Rega, Lenco, Ariston, Linn, Thorens, Denon, Luxman, Yamaha Sony Technics & Micro Seiki who made TT's for many other's The best you could do @ your budget if time is not on your side is go for a complete package that includes TT tonearm & cartridge. You may find the Micro Seiki you seek in the classifieds right here. Aim for the upper price point of $1200 & you should do well with a complete package as the micro tonearms were pretty good. I assume you have a phono pre-amp separate or built into your amp. If not this will have to be factored into the $ outlay as well. Moving magnet will make up the majority of types you will get around the  bandwidth of your budget Google as much info as you can become a member of a net community like the vinyl engine or any other that are into Micro Seiki.

Cheers

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Hi Audioboiss, thanks for your suggestion. I did send the seller of the MR611 a PM with an offer. Don't think he's too keen to post to Melbourne. Understandably though - seems to be in good nick for its age.

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21 hours ago, Boris Karlof said:

My best advice is bide your time. I picked up a Fully functional Thorens TD 160 Last year for the princely sum of wait for it $10, yup you heard right. @ Garage sales you can get real lucky.

Flipped it on Gumtree for $350.

Unfortunately for some unfathomable reason prices on even low end tt decks have gone cuckoo for cacka. Makes the whole game a little less fun. Bide your time and you can still get lucky. Stick with known Brands like Rega, Lenco, Ariston, Linn, Thorens, Denon, Luxman, Yamaha Sony Technics & Micro Seiki who made TT's for many other's The best you could do @ your budget if time is not on your side is go for a complete package that includes TT tonearm & cartridge. You may find the Micro Seiki you seek in the classifieds right here. Aim for the upper price point of $1200 & you should do well with a complete package as the micro tonearms were pretty good. I assume you have a phono pre-amp separate or built into your amp. If not this will have to be factored into the $ outlay as well. Moving magnet will make up the majority of types you will get around the  bandwidth of your budget Google as much info as you can become a member of a net community like the vinyl engine or any other that are into Micro Seiki.

Cheers

Hi Boris, 

thanks for your opinion.  What a great buy with the Thorens!  If only I would be so lucky.  $1200 would be the most I would consider for a tt if something special came along. Id' be more willing to pay under $1000.  I don't have a Phono as of yet but but a seperate allowance has been made for that. I'm thinking upto $800 - might get me a half decent Graham Slee or similar. Will check out vinyl engine as per your suggestion.

Cheers!

George

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Addicted to audio have a special on Funk Firm super deck ! Retail at $2999 now $1250 ... By all the reviews and could not find one bad one , I fell for this deck . So this could be an option . 

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1 minute ago, Diynamic said:

Addicted to audio have a special on Funk Firm super deck ! Retail at $2999 now $1250 ... By all the reviews and could not find one bad one , I fell for this deck . So this could be an option . 

 

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Thats the cost of the arm all by itself with a free great TT thrown in...

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39 minutes ago, Diynamic said:

 

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Did you get this one? They only have white in stock at the moment. If the one above was available I would be impulse buying it now!

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@enikoy I got the wooden table , from a different supplier , sold out . Im still waiting for mine to arrive , but I would jump on that deal for anyone wanting to go a different path than Rega and all the known brands ! Add a achromat 5mm done ....

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Hi all, 

Back on track for this tt after a recent setback.Thanks for your suggestions.  I've read a bit into the Funk Firm Super Deck and seems tempting - not sure if feels right for me but still an option. 

So originally I thought a Micro Seiki would be a good place to start as they seem to be very well respected. After further research Im even more confused as I have been looking at more modeern tables such as the Roksan, Clear Audio and VPI etc.

 

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On 2/28/2017 at 1:25 PM, grg_pasc said:

I'm looking for a turntable (probably vintage) for between $500 and $1200, and would love to hear people's suggestions.....

 

I'm very fond of anything Micro Seiki, just love their build quality and style. 

I also like some of the Luxman tables and I've heard Denon (i.e. DP59 or higher) are good too, but my knowledge and listening experiences don't go too far beyond these vintage Japanese style tables.

 

 

You could check out Hifido in Japan who specialise in refurbishing and selling vintage hifi. Add about $250 for turntable postage.

 

http://www.hifido.co.jp/?lang=E&genre=0301&keyword=&arrival=10&limit=10&price=2

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Just checked out a Denon TT on HiFiDO and there was a Marantz Model 7 pre behind it. Checked the price, $8000.Didnt know there was any still around.

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I've a late 1960's Pioneer PL-41 that I'm putting the finishing touches to, new AT95 cartridge (still in the mail) Cork matt etc..If you're interested. Although I'm not sure of the postage cost to VIC.

 

Rod

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Challenge HIFI in South Australia have the RP3/Elys 2 combo for $999 brand new.  Pretty hard to top.  Alternatively a used P3 - 24 with TTPSU and a brand new exact is also around $1,000 - $1,200 if you can get the Exact on sale which it is currently on Aussie HIFIs site, with a used cart probably $800.  My vote goes to the latter as long as the cart is ok.  On a great used deal you could get an RP6 with an exact or similar for $1,200.

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