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oneplustwo 11th November 2012 11:58 PM

First foray into Vinyl with Technics SL-B300
Hi folks,

I got my father in law's turntable out of storage to test the waters in vinyl. I had to "test" it with an old NKOTB record that my wife bought probably 25 years ago! Despite the material, I was more impressed with the sound than I expected to be given the turntable isn't particularly high end and I was using my 10 year old receiver to drive speakers since I don't have any other phono stage. So... questions are:

1. What is the typical upgrade path? Cartridge? Phono pre? Turntable itself?
2. Do phono preamps need yet another pre-amp? Need is not the right word... but I love my horodded DCB1 as a pre for my digital sources. Just wondering if it's standard procedure to have a "pre-pre" so to speak.


freax 12th November 2012 01:12 AM

Cart first, I can't think of a better place to start than a new cartridge.
Confirm for us wether you have a P-Mount or not, if so then go looking for a new cart.

Second is get some proper TT oil for it, keep it lubed and follow directions in the user manual where you can probaly get from here:

Make an account on there and find your user manual...

Third is a good preamplifier, anything will do for starters, I'm going for a DIY tube attempt tho myself.
Or new speakers
Or new amp if its getting a bit old.

Though I see you have the necessary speakers/amp, so a good preamp is in your future.

Might want to recap that turntable aswell.

oneplustwo 12th November 2012 02:10 AM

Which DIY tube preamp are you doing? I'm ok on the amp/speaker front as you mention. Thanks for the tips otherwise. I think this will be fun! Need to start shopping for some music as well!

freax 12th November 2012 02:50 AM

I'm just using a spare military-spec transformer as a basis for mine.

oneplustwo 19th November 2012 08:35 AM

losing speed control?
Quick update and one question.

I've been listening to records for a little while now and got around to buying some supplies (record cleaner, stylus gauge, etc.) and also started project number 2... rebuilding another of my father inlaw's old TTs, an Acoustic Reseach XA. In any case, while listening to this one, I've noticed that it will lose sync on the speed control and speed up/slow down while hunting for it's lock. Any root cause that is typical for these that I can address?

Thanks for your help!

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