Can you identify the turntable in this photo?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by manicpopthrill, May 15, 2019.

  1. manicpopthrill

    manicpopthrill Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I'm sure it won't take long...

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  2. Uglyversal

    Uglyversal Forum Resident

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    No it won't take long AR, Acoustic Research. I am not sure about model may be AX
     
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  3. PopularChuck

    PopularChuck Forum Resident

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    That turntable needs a loving home
     
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  4. manicpopthrill

    manicpopthrill Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Does that tonearm appear to be original?
     
  5. Uglyversal

    Uglyversal Forum Resident

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    Definitely, the arm is horrible and original. I had that TT in the 80's but with an SME arm, as I've said I don't remember the model. It used to be well reviewed.
     
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  6. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

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    It’s a great table. Nuff said
     
  7. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

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    Don’t undersell that arm it was designed with that chassis and it works.
     
  8. spartree

    spartree Forum Resident

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  9. Optimize

    Optimize Forum Resident

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    Underselling?!
    "arm it was designed with that chassis"
    When you can take a whatever arm that was NOT designed with a specific chassis in mind. Then the chassis and a arm has not much synergistic cheering properties..
    Otherwise there should not be a market for lose tone arms. :agree:
    And of course it works. But how well is another question. :)
    But with that said I have no opinion on either and that could be a working tone arm as you pointed out. :righton:
     
  10. xmas111

    xmas111 Forum Resident

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    It's most definitely a AR XA and with a little elbow grease and a few tweaks here and there it can be a great turntable!'

    I've own a few of them and they can sound awesome when fixed up.
     
  11. showtaper

    showtaper Forum Resident

    You'd better be first in line at that estate sale..........
     
  12. manicpopthrill

    manicpopthrill Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I was going to be, but then my wife talked some sense into me. I wanted both those Pioneers too. :sigh:
     
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  13. Tim Irvine

    Tim Irvine Forum Resident

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    Two of the arms of that era are notably and often panned are this AR arm and the Thorens Kugel arm. I found they both performed admirably with Shure cartridges like the M91ed.
     
  14. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

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    That was my first real turntable in the era 1969-70 with a small receiver and bookshelf speakers. I was in high school. A few years later, I started fooling around with various equipment and started to treat the equipment thing as a hobby unto itself. That's when the real madness began....
    PS: As far as I know, that was the grandaddy of suspension tables, and all that followed, including the Linn, owed something to that original design. Yes, the arm was kludgey, but it worked fine with the normal ellipticals of the time. We've come a long way in terms of stylus shapes and set up, but for a cartridge like those standard issue Shures it worked just fine and sounded good- set up wasn't quite as critical either (though obviously made a difference).
     
  15. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    The arm is not "horrible," it's actually well-engineered and very lithe, and it can be substantially upgraded with jeweled bearings, which are available.
     

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