What and when was your first turntable.

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  1. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Arizona desert
    AR-XA, brand new in 1973 with the new Shure V-15 III. The turntable is long gone but I still love the Shure V-15 III cartridge. I had owned record players with detachable speakers before that but the AR was my first "real" turntable.
  2. The Pinhead


    Sansui P50 :


    My dad had promised me a used car if I graduated from high school. He told me he was kinda broke, and offered something cheaper instead, so I immediately said '' an audio system'' ! so I for sprung for an amp, speakers, cassette deck and TT, and my dad remember my granny had given me a boombox, so he said I'd have to settle for amp and speakers, which I ''could connect my boombox to'', which of course sounded horrible, so a friend got me this TT from a musician friend of his, in great condition for some u$ 50 (1980). Sounded wonderful ! I bought some bargain bin records to get started : The Kinks-Low Budget (ironic, innit ?) Rush-Permanent Waves.Ted Nugent-Weekend Warriors.
  3. ca1ore

    ca1ore Forum Resident

    Stamford, CT, USA
    Technics (no clue of model #) bought in 1974 from Sam Goody.
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  4. Schoolmaster Bones

    Schoolmaster Bones Poe's Lawyer

    ‎The Midwest
    The finest turntable ever crafted, circa 1971

    Garrard 40B
  5. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    That was mine? Some Fisher-Price suitcase thing, in the ‘90s.

    In the house, in the ‘80s, we had an all-in-one stereo thing, but I could not possibly identify the brand.
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  6. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    In the '60s, our family had an enormous RCA Victor color TV/stereo hifi console. I also recall there being in the family a '60s GE stereo suitcase portable with a fold-down record changer and detachable speakers, probably something that my older brothers were given.

    My first personal record player (early '70s) was a plastic, green, portable mono player. After that, I had a BSR record-grinder (hooked up to what, I do not recall).

    Around '77 or '78, I got my first reasonably good hifi, including a brand new BIC 960 turntable, which I used until around 1983 or so, when it stopped working. I replaced that with a gently used Technics direct drive, which at the time felt like trading up from a Le Car to a Corvette.
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  7. MCM_Fan

    MCM_Fan Senior Member

    I purchased my first turntable my freshman year of college during the fall of 1979 and sold it during the spring of 2017. I bought it used for $295 at a stereo store in Fort Wayne, IN. I loved the suspended design, the ease of use, the light racking arm/cartridge and the sleek Danish Modern look. I ran it with a Marantz 1030 integrated amp and a pair of Infinity Qb speakers.

    Here it is with some of my favorite albums I bought my freshman year:



    And a couple "action shots" from 2013:


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  8. doctor fuse

    doctor fuse Forum Resident

    This sounded remarkably good, for what it was (and looked cool). It was what my family had when I was a kid, and when I got into hifi at age 11.

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  9. Catcher10

    Catcher10 I like records, and Prog...duh

    Dang I don't remember, I was like 13 my dad bought me some all in one unit from Leo's Stereo also had a 8-track player/recorder........Or maybe it was from Monkey Wards, I don't 'member, I've slept since then.
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  10. Boltman92124

    Boltman92124 Go Padres!!

    San Diego
    I had a Garrard something like this one in the 70's. The base was just made of plastic. it might have been a lower model than this one but looked similar.
  11. bever70

    bever70 To boldly go where no ears have gone before

    Lenco L75, my dad bought it for me from a Brussels DJ, somewhere in the early 80's.
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  12. Khorn

    Khorn Dynagrunt Obversarian

    Think I might have had one of those. If I remember correctly it was super microphonic so didn’t hang around too long.
  13. motorstereo

    motorstereo Forum Resident

  14. MCM_Fan

    MCM_Fan Senior Member

    Clearly you had the deluxe model for the grown ups, not the entry level one for the kids:


    Makes sense, since that is clearly an original Blue Note first pressing on your table, not some later re-issue.
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  15. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    Some kind of close-and-play that my grandparents gave me circa 1965 on which I played such monster hits as Tubby The Tuba, and Peter And The Wolf. My first real turntable was some Garrard sold under the Heathkit brand that my father handed down around 1968. First one I ever bought with my own money was a Dual DD in 1975.

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  16. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Space-Age luddite

    Central PA
    Entry-level Garard, right off the shelf at Radio Shack, back in 1973. Similar to Post #29. My fourth hi-fi purchase with my Dilly-dipping money, after my Pioneer receiver, a used pair of Utah speakers, and Koss headphones.

    My father, hoping to keep me from blowing all my dough in fancy-dancy stereo toys, did an end-run around me couple of years earlier, by surprising me with this for Christmas:
    It actually pushed me into getting my first real job in Sophomore Year, to push that mustard-colored atrocity out of my life. I kept upgrading piece-by-piece, and finally had a complete system I could be satisfied with two years out of college.
    (But by then, the record collection itself was already out of control! :D )
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  17. Apesbrain

    Apesbrain Forum Resident

    East Coast, USA
    My story is very similar! I got a GE Mustang "all-in-one" like yours for Christmas and a few years later bought my first separates at Lafayette Radio which included a Garrard 40B and a Shure cartridge.
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  18. bever70

    bever70 To boldly go where no ears have gone before

    I was 12 yrs old so I didn't care about microphonics :D!
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  19. rockclassics

    rockclassics Senior Member

    Mainline Florida
    Garrard Model 30 turntable. My Dad bought it for me along with an Allied receiver and speakers in 1969. This was my first real stereo system.
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  20. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident

    Eagle, Idaho
    Me too. With a Shure cartridge.
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  21. arcamsono

    arcamsono Forum Resident

    Philip's 312. 1976
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  22. Rockbluebird

    Rockbluebird Well-Known Member

    Same table, same year ... we remember this but I can't remember my girl friends name from that year.
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  23. theflattire

    theflattire Forum Resident

    I think it was an RCA suitcase player. Iwas in fifth or sixth grade.
    It had one of those stylus that you needed to flip over for LP/78.
    My dad had a Philco stereo that used also.
  24. Rodant Kapoor

    Rodant Kapoor Forum Resident

    Milwaukee, WI
    I've never had a record player before until one day, several years ago, just before vinyl was making its big comeback, my girlfriend and I went out for a walk and we found a kids Fisher Price record player on the curb.
    On a lark, I took it home with me and tested it out with a beat up old Mitch Ryder record that someone left in our basement. I was REALLY surprised how good it sounded on that plastic toy!

    I got the bug then and there, and purchased a Denon DP-790. Here I am years later, still in love with the format!
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  25. Doc Diego

    Doc Diego Forum Resident

    1976; Kenwood KD500 with an Infinity Black Widow and a Grace F9L.

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