new to the world of TTs, looking for advice

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Hey all,

So I'd been searching for a TT for a while, looking beograms mainly although the price of the stylus' put me off (maybe something to buy in the future). in the end I managed to get an old philips GA212 which was in pretty bad condition so i stripped it down, cleaned it up and rebuilt it.
An externally hosted image should be here but it was not working when we last tested it.

I think it came up pretty well. There are a few marks on the anodised finish, which in time I'll make new transfers and refinish the top.
The needle looks like the original so I will be shopping around for a new one. -Does anyone know of a good needle match for this turntable?

another question I have is does anyone know of any good entry level phono preamps that I could build?

I hope this post makes sense! I have a tendency to run on ...

Thanks for reading!
 
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Depends on your budget.

I'd suggest, if they are still available, a mid price Audio Technica. They are pretty good, and not too expensive.

For an entry level MC, the Dennon 103 or 103R is very popular.

You can search here for a variety of DIY phono preamps from simple to very complex, including tube and tube + solid state.

I think the current rage is the Pacifica, which is very simple.
 
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