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Old 22nd February 2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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Default Vintage AR ES-1 or new Pro Ject Debut III?

I have a line on a nice vintage AR ES-1 turntable with the cherry base for $150. I've been planning to buy the Pro Ject Debut III turntable after I buy a nice tube phono stage... but I might jump on the AR if it's a decent deal. What do you guys think?

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Old 23rd February 2008, 05:32 PM   #2
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I have a line on a nice vintage AR ES-1 turntable with the cherry base for $150. I've been planning to buy the Pro Ject Debut III turntable after I buy a nice tube phono stage... but I might jump on the AR if it's a decent deal. What do you guys think?

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Phenomenal deal. It would be SRSLY foolish to not purchase the AR at that price.
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Old 23rd February 2008, 05:37 PM   #3
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I second sbh: go for the AR. It's excellent.
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yup, jump quick as you can...


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on second thought, skip the AR and send me this guy's contact info.
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Default shallbehealed....

does this mean you'd opt out of the platter/bearing?

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PS...listening to one of the prototypes right now, and it is better than imagined.. even with a really bad bearing (salvaged DD spindle bearing)
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Too late, I missed it by an hour. Damn!

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Too late, I missed it by an hour. Damn!

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Charles,

Before you spend the money on the pro-ject, check out the Sonographe SG3 on a'gon. I've no relation to the seller, but I've been using this deck for a couple of years and it's really served me well.

It's very similar to the ES-1 in a lot of ways, but uses even more impedance matching dense acrylic (not the shiny acrylic that clearaudio uses).

Here's a little blurb by Dave from vinyl nirvana.

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oh, and stew. i still have no idea if i'm going to be able to afford the platter/bearing gb until the numbers are finally released, but i have a nagging feeling that it's going to end up being too rich for me.
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don't count on it... I'm starting to get the feeling they may come in lower than anticipated... Also should have the "real number" in a few days....


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