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Old 21st April 2009, 02:14 AM   #1
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Default Dumb turntable query

I have just found a CDC ST 530 turntable at the Op-shop for $5- and apart from missing a stylus appears to be working, is this worth buying a new cartridge for and if so what do people recommend??

I already have a Stanton STR8 and a Project debut for listening, this would just be used for parties and the older vinyl.

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Old 21st April 2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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Hi Moondog,

(that's a cool name by the way) I want to ask you: don't you mean a CEC turntable, not CDC?

If it's what I think, then I humbly suggest you install a japanese cartridge, to match the "japanese" design of the turntable. Maybe an early Audio-Technica, Denon or maybe even a Technics?

Something made in Japan anyway...
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Old 21st April 2009, 11:17 PM   #3
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No it is definitely CDC.

Made in Japan ( of course ) by Chup Denki Corporation in Saitama, lightweight design and the unit is rated at 6watts so small motor.
Underneath is a little sticker saying that replacement stylus is RS 3 buy when I made an inquiry I was told that model was no longer available.

I Have sen one of these advertised on Eb8 for $80 with an Ortofon cartridge fitted so the unit is worth what I paid and no more, I figured that any cheap cartidge would do the trick and there is little point in putting a very good one on a cheap deck BUT, I can get a reasonable Ortofon for $55- and there do not seem to be any cheap cartridges here ATM
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Old 21st April 2009, 11:36 PM   #4
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Similar to this one on Eb8

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=130300057322
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$5 is about as much as you want to pay... i bought a few just to sell the headshells. The dustcovers make good parts trays. The better versions of the arms on these would be OK as a sub on an AR (i have one of those projects in the queue). Might be worthwhile to get to do a replinth job =you want to at least loose all the auto bits.

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Old 22nd April 2009, 01:53 AM   #6
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"lose all the auto bits"? Hunh. I never got that. Why, what's that going to do?
I never understood why automatic turntable like this where shunned upon, like what is it abou the fact that they're automatic take away form their ability to sound as good as say, a REGA or a Dual?
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Hi Dave, I also don't understand, would removing the auto mechanism make it sound any better?? This one will remain unmounted then unless I can get a cheap replacement stylus, I'm certain;y not going to pat $39.95 plus postage which is what I was just quoted for a replacement needle.

My mistake too; my Project TT is the 1.2 not that makes it much better than the debut, just that RIAA equalization isn't on board.

My Home system probably would not do justice to a TT any better than those I already have but my party system was using a couple of borrowed Technics that I had to return and so no vinyl for parties
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what's for sale on Good old Ebay in your region? Maybe you can get a bargain at a pawn shop...
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like what is it abou the fact that they're automatic take away form their ability to sound as good as say, a REGA or a Dual?
Yes, they take away -- all sorts of bits, shaken; n rattlin; and all taking up space where plinth could be. Dual's are full auto

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would removing the auto mechanism make it sound any better??
It would be a good start.


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This one will remain unmounted then unless I can get a cheap replacement stylus, I'm certain;y not going to pat $39.95 plus postage which is what I was just quoted for a replacement needle.
It probably needs a new belt too ... add $20. So iyt is really a $60-70 table, noit a $5 one.

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