I made some initial posts back in <time flies> June as I have my late-mother's Linn Sondek to sell. Quite reasonably I was requested to make a few posts before putting something in the classifieds, so, after a number of months, I'm back ...
I'm a 50-something bloke in Victoria. Years and years ago (I mean: the 1980s) I had a nice little set-up: Rega 3, and I can't remember the amp/speakers but you know, it was a considered and well-balanced system. Loved it. But then I migrated.
Have had nothing similar since, but I'm now in the market. I still have some of my vinyl left from the Rega era (UK/US alternative stuff) but have also inherited my mum's 60s/70s jazz and rock collection (although I'll mainly be listening to the jazz) and have developed a love of 20th C Brazilian music - I have very little on vinyl but I'm starting to collect, some new reissues, some secondhand.
I have nothing save for a 20 year old Yahama CD player/amp at the moment so I'm starting from scratch. Looking for turntable, amp, speakers and (less important) CD player. Tuner not needed. I'm absolutely not a 'buff' - music is a huge part of my life and I like good sound, but I'm not technically-minded.
So my annoying question is: what should I get?! Now, I'm selling a LP12 and I 'only' had a RP3, so I'm definitely not looking at the highest end, and my budget wouldn't reach anywhere near that anyway. (My budget could be around $5k, give or take - I know, that's not a lot, so looking at a starter system I guess). Also: I have teenagers, and I want them to be able to use the turntable, so I don't want anything incredibly fussy/fragile (hence not wanting the LP12 - they are sensible kids, and I don't mean they'll be using it for parties etc). Also: I have a local radio show and do a very little bit of DJiing (Brazilian music for both) AND I used to have a long-term girlfriend who had twin SL1200s and I absolutely loved them so I'm very tempted to get the mk7. So would need to work out an amp/speaker combo that would suit it.
Anyway: that's me and why I'm here.
The other thing I will need to explore is placement: we live in an old Victorian house, no underfloor insulation and our living space is not currently set up well for a system.