Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by hyntsonsvmse, Apr 27, 2022.
Pioneer PL-12 from 1971
1974 Phillips 212
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.
Aiwa turntable as part of a mini stack system. 1990/91
Before that, a Fisher Price 1980 or so
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.
Pioneer PL-12D Belt drive, cool entry level drive for a kid with a paper route making $35 a month...
The SL-1500 (and Mk II) and SL-1800 were manual, as was the SL-1100.
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 $$$$$!
Dual CS 505-1, early 80s.
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
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.
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.
That was my first separate turntable purchase.
There was never a time in my life that I remember there not being a turntable in the house.
I bought the AR-XA because the PL-12D was out of stock at my dealer.
A step up from the one we were talking about.
Which it was and still is today. And I can say I've owned both to back it up. The AR still holds court.
First "real" turntable was a Dual 1226. Bought it new about '75, came with a Shure cartridge.
Technics SL 1500, Shure M95md, 1975.
First stand alone turntable.
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.
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.
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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