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$5000 to spend on a turntable

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Ok at present I do not actually have $5,000 to spend on a turntable, but I do have a question if you don't mind.

 

My question for those who know way more than I do about turntables and what is where on the TT pecking order and are prepared to share their thoughts and knowledge, whether for new or secondhand units, is the following.

 

What would be your top single turntable recommendation at each of the following price points and why?

 

1. $2,000

 

2. $3,000

 

3. $4000

 

4. $5000

 

This is simply just for the turntable (and tone arm) with no cartridge and no phono stage. 

 

cheers Terry

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So Terry, you mean for turntable and tonearm, I presume?

 

 

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One question though, what would you spend on a cartridge and phono post getting a $5000 turntable because it kind of gets down to that when it comes to whether you are hearing a good system or a kick ass one.

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Cheap - project

 

not so cheap. - Rega 

 

even  less cheap - clear audio 

 

even more less cheap - SME

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4 hours ago, Hensa said:

So Terry, you mean for turntable and tonearm, I presume?

 

 

Hi Greg, 

 

yes I meant with a tone arm fitted. 

 

Cheers Terry

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4 hours ago, TerryO said:

Ok at present I do not actually have $5,000 to spend on a turntable, but I do have a question if you don't mind.

 

My question for those who know way more than I do about turntables and what is where on the TT pecking order and are prepared to share their thoughts and knowledge, whether for new or secondhand units, is the following.

 

What would be your top single turntable recommendation at each of the following price points and why?

 

1. $2,000 - Rega

 

2. $3,000 - Kuzma Stabi/Stogi S (second hand)

 

3. $4000 - Kuzma Stabi/Stogi S (new)

 

4. $5000 - Dr Feickert Woodpecker 2

 

This is simply just for the turntable with no cartridge and no phono stage. 

 

cheers Terry

 

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[mention=109782]Hensa[/mention] how much is a Shindo 301??


Not a clue - but would assume well over Terry’s top category!

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I don't know anything about TT's but since I've gotten one recently, my rule of thumb is I will only spend upto what I spent on the TT on the cart and phono. Obviously mine isn't fancy enough to have it's own arm, but for now, that's the rule I'm following.

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4 hours ago, Qwertyqaz said:

One question though, what would you spend on a cartridge and phono post getting a $5000 turntable because it kind of gets down to that when it comes to whether you are hearing a good system or a kick ass one.

I appreciate that the cartridge will make a massive difference Qwertyqaz, but it we could start at the best Turntables per price point then in the future the cart conversation could be had. If I had asked the question including cart it would be to many variables.

 

cheers Terry

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1. $2,000

 

Rega variant with Grovetracer upgrades and TT PSU.

 

2. $3,000

 

Linn Sondek LP12 with Ittok and Hercules Mose PSU.

 

3. $4000

 

Garrard 401 with Golden Age Audio Univector 12 inch arm.

 

4. $5000

 

Michell Gyrodec SE with Michell Tecnoarm.

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1 hour ago, TerryO said:

I appreciate that the cartridge will make a massive difference Qwertyqaz, but it we could start at the best Turntables per price point then in the future the cart conversation could be had. If I had asked the question including cart it would be to many variables.

 

cheers Terry

The downside is you can easily be disappointed if the cartridge is not right. Then you lose the whole analog plot.

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1. Rega P6 or 2nd hand VPI Traveller 

 

2. VPI Scout - later model or Rega RP8 2nd hand

 

3. VPI Prime Scout

 

4. VPI Classic 1 - 2nd hand if you can find one.  

 

Benz Micro Ace S low output MC cartridge for all of them. 

 

See Krispy Audio for VPI

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I would be inclined to buy a stock Lenco GL75, upgraded bearing and Idler wheel, and PTP top plate.

Then I would commision someone to build me a slate plinth to put it in.

 

That leaves about 3k to spend on a tonearm. :)

Might even have funds left over for a speed controller.

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