First Turntable

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by SeeDeeFirth, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. SeeDeeFirth

    SeeDeeFirth Dazed And Confused Thread Starter

    Mine was the model to the rear left.
    The speaker was an elliptical paper coned driver located behind the metal grille in the perspex lid.
    I spent many an hour listening to my favourites with this TT.

  2. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Uppsala Sweden
    Rega RP1

    After a few years of use, going through a few carts and 500 records later its still in use, but is just about to be retired.
    Still runs like day one however and the specs are in order without changing the belt even once.
    Dustcover only has 1 small scratch on it, use microfiber cloths, not dishwashing rags.
    Couldnt have made a better entry level purchase for the money I realized much later.
  3. JackG

    JackG Forum Resident

    I wore out the "My Sharona" single on something just like that.
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  4. caracallac

    caracallac Forum Resident

    ... and I still have LPs that bear the scars...

  5. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    My first TT was a Marantz in the early 80's. Don't remember the model number
  6. displayname

    displayname Forum Resident

    Mine was the infamous LP60. It ended up being returned because it couldn’t track a few records I owned. Quickly moved to the UTurn Orbit until I further upgraded.
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  7. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    I'm sure it wasn't an audiophile experience but it sure does look cool!
  8. Richard Austen

    Richard Austen Forum Resident

    Hong Kong

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  9. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Hard to locate a picture of this one, but this was my first stereo. I had a really crappy "record player" as a kid that was a portable, mono, GE unit before this.
    So this thing was my first "stereo". Records only, no radio. It was by Soundesign.

    Then I graduated to my first real separate turntable when I got a Pioneer receiver to go with it. That was the PL-518 Direct Drive turntable.

  10. bever70

    bever70 It's all about the soundstage

    Lenco L75, my dad bought this 2nd hand for me when I was about 12 years old. That was in the early 80's. I remember I thought it was just looking 'old' and a few years later I wanted one of those 'cheap' silver plasticky but 'modern' looking decks.....boy how wrong I was :hide: !!

    The first 45rpm I got from his collection was 'John Woolley & Just Born' with 'Ruby Baby'....never knew who 'Just Born' was :D, but I played that song all night long.
  11. nosliw

    nosliw Azunyan! にゃーーー!

    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    My first turntable that I bought with my own money was the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. I upgraded the cartridge to the Ortofon 2M Bronze and a cork slipmat and fixed the infamous humming issue by removing the transportation screws to decouple the motor.

    It served me well until I upgraded to a high-end JVC direct drive turntable.
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  12. mkane

    mkane Musics a Passion

    All in one unit and the name escapes me. My father worked at a radio station part time so music was a way of life at our house. Around 1968, I was a Freshman.
  13. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    "Akkord" - a marvel of Soviet audio engineering of late 60's - early 70's. Apparently a suspended idler drive, built-in amplifier with a whopping 1.5 Watt output, mono speaker in the top cover with frequency response of 80 Hz - 14 kHz, ceramic cartridge with corundum stylus, no counterweight:

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  14. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Worcester, MA, USA
    Some cheap all in one suitcase unit in the mid 60's so I could play my top 40 45rpm singles I bought with my 50 cents a week allowance.

    My first component stereo was a low-end Radio Shack system with single driver speakers, small integrated amp and a turntable with no adjustments for VTF and a flip stylus with a needle on each side of the flipper. I used this all through High School and my freshmen year at college until I could afford my first upgrade system that had a decent Dual belt drive TT.
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  15. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    I grew up listening to records on one of these:

  16. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    My dad brought one of these (Garrard RC88) home from a yard sale in 68. It worked ok with a penny taped to the headshell.
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  17. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Uppsala Sweden
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  18. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    Some kind of BSR changer I got from a garage sale in the early 90s. Had a built in amp and two external bookshelf speakers.
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  19. Boltman92124

    Boltman92124 Fish tacos

    San Diego
    One of these Garrards with the fake wood grain plastic base. I moved on to a Technics B2 after that which lasted me through college.
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  20. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    I have absolutely no idea. In the house growing up, we had some all-in-one system made to look like a rack of components, and at some point I began accumulating thrift store turntables in various states of funcionality from brands I cannot recall.
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  21. Brudr

    Brudr Forum Resident

    West Virginia
    Technics SL-Q2
  22. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Southern US
    Garrard Type A70
  23. Tartifless

    Tartifless Forum Resident

  24. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

    My first time, oh, turntable, was an AR XA, bought new for the princely sum of what-- $89 US? circa 1970 or so. It was fine for a starter table and as many of you know, it was one of the UR tables for the suspended designs going forward.
    Sold to a family friend a few years later when I stepped up to the then relatively new SP 10 DD (which I still have and use).
    I did play records on a suitcase phono system my parents had before that-- they weren't audiophiles. And I was a child.
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  25. zombiemodernist

    zombiemodernist Forum Resident

    Northeastern USA
    God, as a kid I had one of those horrible Yorx systems given to me by my grandfather because my parents were afraid I'd wreck their old Technics p-mount.

    Eventually got a hold of that Technics p-mount and realized how much better records could sound.

    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
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