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Old 19th February 2008, 01:59 PM   #11
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Seekerr, the last two I bought were at a garage sale and a junk shop. $5 and $10, respectively. Minimal work to get them up and running (new belt, clean up bearings).
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Old 19th February 2008, 07:08 PM   #12
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@SY: I'll try my luck around and about, but I think they may have been rare here in Australia

@simeon_noir, dnsey: I like the look of some of the Pioneers and Sansui's I can see around. Can anyone tell me what the difference is between, say, a PL12-D and a PL15-R?
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Old 19th February 2008, 07:31 PM   #13
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A Dual 1200 series turntable with a belt drive may have good results for you. They generally need a bit of inexpensive repair, but at long as the motor and spindle are good you may find a good deal. The Dual 1229/1229Q and other idler wheel drive turntables generally need a lot of repair due to their Rube Goldberg internals and should be avoided if you want to stay under $150.

If you can find two broken turntables of the same model, you may be able to use one for parts to repair the other.
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Old 20th February 2008, 04:55 PM   #14
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Seekerr, the last two I bought were at a garage sale and a junk shop. $5 and $10, respectively. Minimal work to get them up and running (new belt, clean up bearings).
Only in the US. Europe and Australasia see very few of these and in good condition they fetch top prices. A completely standard Legend (The Turntable), the most numerous AR here went for 170 this last week on the 'Bay and another standard but for a Linn LVX arm went for 190. The e-mails for both indicated inquiries were made from all around the world. The ability to find these in garage sales or thrift stores is very much a luxury centred around the popularity of these American turntables in their home market.
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Old 20th February 2008, 07:05 PM   #15
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I'm keeping an eye on this, but I fully expect it to reach $120 or so based on what I've seen others in reasonable nick sell for just in the last few days.

Still, suggestions from people are still useful......the more different options I have, the less likely I'll go and pay too much.
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Old 21st February 2008, 01:37 AM   #16
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Originally posted by TheSeekerr

So, to sum up - I'm after a turntable of merely acceptable quality that is available cheaply!
If all you're going for is "merely acceptable", watch the classifieds for used dj decks. I'm sure you can find one that fits the bid.

The technics 1200 can REGULARLY be found here for ~$200 used, and I see the cheaper numarks/geminis sell for ~$100. I'd try to find a technics, as they hold their value quite well while the others seem to come and go like cheap plastic components.

It appears the craigslist has yet to catch on much in your area, here in the states it can be a great resource.
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Old 21st February 2008, 01:45 AM   #17
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Find an old AR-XA, fit a cheap Grado cartridge to it, and you'll be quite happy.

Yup. If the Grado black didn't hummmm on my Rega, it would be damn near my first choice! The cheap Grado sounds really good to me.
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