What and when was your first turntable.

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  1. Harris11235

    Harris11235 Forum Resident

    Minneapolis, MN
    15 years old. My Dad's hand-me-down Garrard 42m like this one.
  2. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident

    Eagle, Idaho
    I had that in 77 too, but with a grace 707MKII instead of the BW. Loved that 79L cart.
  3. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    1963 an Admiral Stereo...consul white wood ...wish I could find a picture of it...just a stereo.
  4. Oddiofyl

    Oddiofyl Forum Resident

    Mine was the GE Wildcat....
  5. TexSax

    TexSax Forum Resident

    Houston, Texas
    1971 - Garrard SL40B with a Stanton 500E. I had the baddest stereo system in the dorm!
  6. tumbleweed

    tumbleweed Kozmik Kowboy

    My first record player was a Webcor all-in-one (clasp lid, red leatherette) when I was eight.

    My first turntable was a home-brew, motor/platter and tonearm/cartridge as parts from Lafayette Radio; a friend of my Dad's made me a base. Two years later I'd saved enough to buy a used Garrard RC80. And the addiction continued....
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  7. SCM

    SCM Forum Resident

    MY first TT was a Technics SL D2 1978
  8. Madison Mike

    Madison Mike Forum Resident

    1982, Technics SL-B1 with a Grado cart, don't recall which one. Later upgraded to Stanton 681EEE-s. Nice combo. That cart cost more than the deck.
  9. SonicCzar

    SonicCzar Forum Resident

    New England
    Pioneer PL-10, bought senior year in high school 1974-75 with money made working in a grocery store. No real stereo places near me, so I did mail order from someplace in NJ. At the same time got a Pioneer 15 wpc receiver and a pair of forgettable speakers with real wood cabinets!

    EDIT: $400 1974 dollars for everything!
  10. jeffmackwood

    jeffmackwood Forum Resident

    Mom and Dad's Electrohome console sat in the family home's living room for many years, and was played all the time. (I think my first album was the Alvin and the Chipmunks first Christmas album.)

    In the early '70s I got a Sears combo unit (AM/FM, 8-track, turntable with ceramic cartridge) for my bedroom.

    It wasn't until the mid-'70s that the Electrohome gave way to a Pioneer system, which included the PL-510A turntable (and probably a Shure M91ED cartridge.)

    I got rid of the Sears in the late '70s as I headed to university and went all-separates, including an AR-77XB turntable (with either an ADC or Stanton cartridge.)

    The full-manual AR eventually gave way to the full-automatic Yamaha P-850 turntable (currently still in use - rarely - in my main HT - with Stanton 681EEE cartridge.)

    I still own the Pioneer PL-510A.

    That's my entire turntable history. :)

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  11. rockclassics

    rockclassics Senior Member

    Mainline Florida
    Obviously you just remember the important stuff. :laugh:
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  12. Meatface

    Meatface Forum Resident

    A Kenner Close n Play when I was 4 or 5 in 1968 ish. A Capehart with a built in BSR/ceramic cartridge when I was 10 in around 1973.
    I was the last out of 8 kids. Lots of records and cheap players passed through our house.
  13. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    Grew up playing records on a BSR turntable in a console that my dad bought in the mid '70s. But the first turntable I bought would have been a Technics SL-5 linear tracking DD deck with an AT P-Mount cartridge. I bought it with money earned working as a cashier at Eckerd Drugs. I still remember it rolling off the conveyor at Service Merchandise. This would have been in 1985. Hooked it to a boombox in my room with a radio shack phono preamp. I bought Technics receiver and pair of Advent Baby II speakers when I was in college a few years later. I had roommates that pretty good stereo gear as a freshman and sophomore but we always used my turntable.
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  14. The Pinhead


    Lemme try to understand; your first TT was a friggin' Beogram ?! Rich sod ! Could you not have started with a low-tier japanese one like most of us ?!

    Just kidding, of course; wished I'd started up top myself, but given how things are, I'm lucky to have a rig, at all. SWEET state-of-the-art TT man; pity you ever sold it !
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  15. The Pinhead


    Dude; my mom owned that TT, along with a whole Philips rig ! He asked my dad for Akai (open reel and all) and the cheap bastid bought him the cheapest one he could find. But I learned to operate it handle records properly on it.
  16. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Philips GA-212, 1975
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  17. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

    Pisa, Italy
    Me too! Shure M75ED type II
  18. BrooklynEars

    BrooklynEars Active Member

    Fisher Price 1974 . Billy Preston my first 45
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  19. kundryishot

    kundryishot Forum Resident

    I had a marantz linear tracking turntable TT243
  20. Eltjo Biemold

    Eltjo Biemold Forum Resident

    Technics SLBD3



    Think I bought it in 1984-1985. I still have it.
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  21. The GE version of this suitcase stereo, 1966, 10 years old.
  22. BayouTiger

    BayouTiger Forum Resident

    New Orleans
    That is a GE. I am not sure if mine was GE or RCA. It probably was GE.
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  23. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

    Pisa, Italy
    It seems we all remember very well make and model of our first turntable, even if many years have passed by...

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  24. MCM_Fan

    MCM_Fan Senior Member

    Not a rich sod at all. My parents were quite old when I was born and both were retired by the time I started college. I worked my way through college and saved for months to buy that turntable (gave up a lot of beer and pizza).

    Prior to that table, I was still listening to 8-track tapes. That was a practical choice, not one based on sound quality. I grew up out in the country so spent a lot of time driving to and from school and any place else I wanted/needed to be. 8-tracks let me listen to my music in my pickup truck. Plus I had an older brother with lots of 8-tracks I could borrow.

    Once I arrived on campus, all the other kids in my dorm had turntables - including my roommate (a Technics SL-23). So, I started saving up for my own.

    One thing I learned from my dad: buy quality, but don't buy it new. Buy "low mileage" recent models in near mint condition. Let someone else take that big initial depreciation hit. That's what I did with the Beogram 3400. I really wanted a Beogram 4004 linear tracker (it was just so freaking cool), but it was $900. The 3400 was $495 new, but a local stereo store had a slightly used one that someone had traded in on a 4004, so they let me have it for $295. Still a lot of money at that time, but as my dad would say, "a good value".
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  25. The Pinhead


    Me too ! They'd just been discontinued down here, and you could buy a dozen of them for the price of an LP. They didn't sound like wax but weren't too shabby either (and better than cassettes to my ears; played them on a used Grundig 8-track deck) ''Rich sod'', was totally in jist; I had to work and save for my stuff too man. But man a Beogram ! What a beaut ! I remember lusting after the Revox and Mitsubishi TTs.
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