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Post  Seamaster on Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:18 pm

Direct drive in the turntable world is like an automatic transmission in the automobile world. Generally speaking, not a good thing.
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Post  East on Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:52 pm

Then I take it you guys frown on my near mint sl-q2.
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Post  Iago on Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:14 am

Whenever I do get around to buying a new turntable, it will doubtless be belt driven. I did read a review recently of a high-end turntable that bucked the trends and went with a direct drive system, but I cannot remember the model or manufacturer.
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Post  East on Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:29 am

The weird part is I don't really consider the yp-211 a high end table and it sells for up to $175 on ebay? Am I missing something here? Does this thing have a cult following or are people on ebay just being dumb as usual?

Maybe they just like simulated wood grain.
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Post  Iago on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:13 pm

It may just be an ebay thing.
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Post  Seamaster on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:32 pm

There are lots of things in the audio world that don't make sense. However, as a general rule, companies like Yamaha and Pioneer have put out decent kit for a modest price. While the turntable isn't high-end, that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for someone who is looking to cut their teeth on vinyl.
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Post  Iago on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:30 pm

I had an Onkyo that was adequate, save for the direct drive issue.
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Post  East on Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:01 pm

The 2nd table I got recently was a pioneer pl-a45d. It is a fully automatic table but its incomplete. It is missing the head shell, stylist and belt. Somehow the ground wire got severed in the middle but I got the non attached piece with the table. Provided the table works I will solder it back together and put some black shrink tubing over it and it will be almost as good as new.

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If the table is in working condition I will most likely fix it up.

Mine needs some wood polish to bring out the shine though. It still has that dusty look. Do you guys know anything thats safe to use on fake wood? Am I safe with pledge?
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Post  Iago on Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:57 pm

What started the turntable projects?
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Post  East on Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:33 pm

Me getting 2 vintage tables for free what else?
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Post  Iago on Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:37 am

Point taken.
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Post  East on Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:31 pm

I got around to getting the yamaha on a preamp today. It is working great as the tables physical condition would suggest.

Once I was finished testing it I finished cleaning all the surfaces of the table. With the exception of the scratches in the dust cover it looks new.


I also looked at the pioneer today and the headshell is interchangeable with that of the yamaha. Now I can test the pioneer.
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Post  Iago on Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:29 am

Who gave them to you, and why?
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Post  East on Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:17 am

My neighbor is moving and he was going to curb them. He told me he had no idea if they worked and that they had not been used in at least 15-20 years. So with that I promptly stuck them in my basement.
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Post  Iago on Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:12 am

Nice neighbor!


You sound like my mother-in-law. Eve and I were talking about how after her mom dies, we are going to have to spend months emptying out her house and shed.
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Post  East on Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:20 am

The yamaha has to get listed on ebay asap after I test the pioneer before I become too attached to it.
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Post  Iago on Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:16 am

I can introduce you to The Needle Doctor if you really want to get involved with the hobby!
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Post  Seamaster on Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:41 pm

Spend some time with the Needle Doctor and you can put something like this in your basement:

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Post  Iago on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:02 am

The link, in case East is curious:

http://www.needledoctor.com/Clearaudio-Statement-Turntable?sc=2&category=45


Just noticed that they have some Rega P5s on sale for $1099. Hmmm. Nope, just got a new laptop!
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Post  East on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:18 am

I find this interesting, I don't think I have seen anything quite like it before.
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Post  Seamaster on Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:25 pm

The old Technics are solid turntables and have a strong following.

Iago: That P5 will last far longer than that new laptop, and costs significantly less too!
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Post  Iago on Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:52 am

Indeed. Mind your, I am enjoying the laptop! But I still have the problem with a turntable of where to put it.
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Post  Seamaster on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:10 pm

Well, there is that. From a utilitarian standpoint, given that your laptop costs nearly four times as much as a P5 would, would you say that, from a marginal analysis point of view, $4 spent on the laptop is worth $1 spend on a turntable? In other words, did you maximize your marginal utility?
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Post  Iago on Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:33 am

Well, look at it this way; in raw minutes, how much time will I spend using the laptop vs. how much time I spend listening to LPs? Clearly, the laptop will win. I am also migrating everything from my desktop and old laptop to the new laptop, so it will be used for word processing, finance, photo manangement, portable music management, and many other things, as well as games. All that a turntable provides is musical pleasure. Nothing to sneeze at, but the marginal utility in a new computer will definitely rank higher.
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Post  East on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:32 am

If it was me I would have used drivexml on both computers and have been done already.
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