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The best value purchase I've ever made is my Technics SL-D303 Turntable.  It's now vintage, but was purchased new in 1981.

I was still an apprentice & money was tight, but I was convinced that cheaper TTs were not a good investment. 

So I patiently saved up and then took advantage of a run out sale of Technics products at Tivoli Hifi.  (I was so impressed with how I was treated by Phillipe, that I went back and purchased a Sansui Receiver about 6 months later).

I replaced the stock cart straight away with a Philips GP412 hyper-elliptical thanks to the generous staff shop discounts we has access to at the time.

It has been in constant use for 40 years with a drop of sewing machine oil on the spindle every boxing day, some contact cleaner/lubricant on the switches about every 10 years and a couple of cart upgrades.

Cover hinges were replaced with some DIY aluminium ones and the controller chip had to be replaced about 15 years ago. 

Other than that it has just kept purring along, & with the addition of a Cartridge alignment protractor and a Michel record clamp, has never given me reason to wish for something newer.

Hinges aside, just a great piece of 70s/80s Japanese engineering.

I have other equipment that I consider to be great value purchases, but how could they compete with that?

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