What and when was your first turntable.

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by hyntsonsvmse, Apr 27, 2022.

  1. DougT

    DougT Forum Resident

    Pioneer PL-12 from 1971
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  2. Steelymark

    Steelymark Well-Known Member

    On the Edge KY
    1974 Phillips 212
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  3. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    JVC L-A11, pretty sure it was early 1980. Found some baseball cards at a local flea market for $10 and sold them to a local baseball card dealer for $100 to fund the purchase.
  4. haz2000

    haz2000 Forum Resident

    Aiwa turntable as part of a mini stack system. 1990/91

    Before that, a Fisher Price 1980 or so :)
  5. gkella

    gkella Glen Kellaway From The Basement

    Toronto, Canada
    When I was 15 years old, back in 1968, my Mom got a bonus from her boss.
    She spent it on the first component audio system I ever saw.
    The turntable was a Dual 1010.
    Quite an upgrade from the suitcase RCA stereo I had.
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  6. MythosDreamLab

    MythosDreamLab Forum Resident

    So. Cal.
    Pioneer PL-12D Belt drive, cool entry level drive for a kid with a paper route making $35 a month...

    Around 1972/73
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  7. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Athens, Tennessee
    The SL-1500 (and Mk II) and SL-1800 were manual, as was the SL-1100.
  8. Djohm

    Djohm Forum Resident

    All original Technics SL1350 with boxes and accessories including the stacking spindle; Acquired in April 2019. That got me started on this journey, and its been fun and $$$$$!
  9. je245

    je245 Forum Resident

    north of philly
  10. Technocentral

    Technocentral Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    It was a cheap grey 3 in 1 (ie records, tape and radio) Sanyo or Sharp I bought with my own money in 1983, I knew at the time that it wasn't great sounding but I loved it, can't find any pics or mention on line. The speakers were the worse part because I remember I taped an album and played it on a Walkman and it sounded way better than through the speakers.

    Edit Actually think I found it, one of these

    Sanyo Music Center G1005 For Sale in North Circular Road, Dublin from glenn_b
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  11. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Athens, Tennessee
    Nothing wrong with a Pioneer PL 12-D in any fashion. An excellent turntable for the price, still a nice performer in excellent condition today. Excellent value for the dollar when new.
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  12. wolfyboy3

    wolfyboy3 Dazed and Confused

  13. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Senior Member

    BSR something-or-other included with my Columbia Masterworks component stereo... made mostly of fiberboard, even the speaker backs were perforated, like I was gonna hang "S hooks" on the back.
  14. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Senior Member

    That was my first separate turntable purchase.
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  15. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity

    There was never a time in my life that I remember there not being a turntable in the house.
  16. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Athens, Tennessee
    I bought the AR-XA because the PL-12D was out of stock at my dealer.
  17. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Senior Member

    A step up from the one we were talking about.
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  18. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Athens, Tennessee
    Which it was and still is today. And I can say I've owned both to back it up. The AR still holds court.
  19. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Forum Resident

    First "real" turntable was a Dual 1226. Bought it new about '75, came with a Shure cartridge.
  20. Aereoplain

    Aereoplain Forum Resident

    charlotte nc usa
    Technics SL 1500, Shure M95md, 1975.
    First stand alone turntable.
    HK 430
    JBL -L26
  21. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk If you don't mind it doesn't matter

    Gilbert Arizona
    I bought my first turntable, and complete system (turntable, receiver, speakers) in 1971 while in the USAF serving in South Korea and it was all Pioneer gear.
  22. jerico

    jerico Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    Rega P1 with a really cheap NAD phono pre, around 2007. I was so excited for it but highly disappointed. I decided to drop a larger wad of cash to avoid the upgrade cycle of doom - that did the trick (VPI Classic gen 1, Sumiko Blackbird, PS Audio pre). I’ve swapped a few phono pres since then so maybe I didn’t really avoid the cycle, but that initial gear splurge sounded awesome, even better now but more just different to suit my tastes.
  23. shug4476

    shug4476 Nullius In Verba

    First one I actually owned was my Rega P2, a gift from my wonderful wife.

    It will also be the last turntable I own!

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