What are the turntables you've owned?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Airbus, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. I started off almost two years ago with a Technics SL-BD22. Now I have a Pioneer PL-12D II.
     
  2. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    Only two that I can remember:

    Pro-ject Debut Carbon and
    Vinyl Nirvana Thorens TD-160 super

    I'm planning on eventually getting a Dual, Hopefully a VPI, a Thorens 124 and Garrard 401.
     
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  3. Seafinch

    Seafinch Preferred Patron

    Location:
    Utah
    In order...

    Pro-Ject Debut Carbon
    Clearaudio Concept
    Thorens TD-160 Super
    Vinyl Nirvana Thorens TD-160 Super
    VPI Classic 3SE
    Linn LP12
    Garrard 301
     
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  4. arcamsono

    arcamsono Forum Resident

    Location:
    MN
    Philips,B and O
     
  5. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    Location:
    New York
    Since 2005

    Music Hall 2.1
    Rega P2
    Technics - don’t remember model
    Rega P5
    VPI Extended Aries I with HRX mods (platter and feet) and 3D tonearm.

    Hopefully my last TT will be an SME model.
     
  6. 1960s
    BSR table in Magnavox Astro
    1970s
    BSR table in Panasonic all in 1 stereo
    Garrad 42m, 100sb (zero)?
    Dual 1219, 1229, 721, 620 Q
    1980s
    Dual tables from above and
    Thorens td 160, 166
    Sota Saphire, Star Saphire w/dynavector arm
    Technics sl 1200
    1990s-present
    Thorens td 166 mkII
    Technics sl1200
    Sota star saphire

    John M.
     
  7. cheapohifi

    cheapohifi New Member

    Location:
    charlotte nc
    Im 15 and own a Panasonic sd-85 turntable.
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  8. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    In order;

    AR EB101

    Roksan Xerxes MK1/ Rega RB300/Linn k9

    Michell Orbe/SME V/Lyra Helikon

    AVID Volvere/SME V/Lyra Helikon

    Stock Technics SL1200MK2/Ortofon 2m Red

    Tweaked Technics SL1200MK2/SME V/Denon DL103 now Hana SL

    Maxxed out Michell Gyrodec ( Double Spyder, Gert Pedersen Armboard Mod Ceramic Ball bearings/ Orbe clamp/ Pete's Pylons/ SME V/Audionote Arm 1V2/ Hana SL
     
  9. Tim Irvine

    Tim Irvine Forum Resident

    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    I’m curious. The VN 160 and VN 150 don’t seem that sonically different. I currently have a VN 150. Where would you place your VN in your TT journey from a sonic perspective? I.e., how did it compare and measure up to the other fine tables you’ve had or still have?
     
  10. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    Wow Alan that is a list- could you put them in order of the ones you liked the most to the least most?:D
     
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  11. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    Love that list.
    I'd be curious about that as well.
     
  12. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    Nice list, John. Quick question, I'm thinking of picking up a Dual and was curious what table you liked the best. Thanks!
     
  13. If memory serves that Dual 721 was a nice sounding table. I worked at Crazy Eddie during the time this table was around and nothing I switched it out for, except the Thorens and Sota years later, was a better listening experience.
    These Duals are affordable and are great. Get an old Shure or Empire cartridge and your set. No need to spend a small fortune.
    I wish an Empire EDR-9 was around. Take care, John M.
     
  14. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    Thanks, John. I'm considering picking up a restored 1219 that's available locally and was curious what you thought about them.
     
  15. Wow your working my memory. My Mom bought this table for "Us" to play our records sometime in the mid 70s, I remember cause when I played it all five Planet of the Apes films were playing at our drive in and my attention went to the Apes.
    After I went "Ape" I settled down getting to know this table and playing everything I could. One thing I did love was that the Dual did not "howl" like the Garrard plastic based turntable we had, in all fairness when a wood base was gotten for the Garrard table the rumbling mostly ceased.
    I loved this table, it to me was my intro to hifi, and as Im writing I must make sure I get my tables in chronological order. The Dual was the table that the salesman would lift the front and demonstrate that it could still play well at a 45 degree angle. So I was sold.
    Duals were the tables, the 1219 the first, that my Moms family were adamant about getting for every hifi setup in those far off days. They were all musicians and music based teachers and engineers and their influence was the bases of my ideas and small musical talent.
    Remember the direct drive craze in those years, the Duals are Idler drive same idea maybe, and the lament that one family member expressed. I did not hear a difference but some years later compared the 721? to the Thorens 160? and the Thorens sounded smoother but it had a better cartridge if memory serves.
    This stinks, the Duals are a blur cause both the 1219 and 721 were working at the same time in my familys home 1974-79.
    Im looking to get a Dual again especially cause one could be had for a great price Im told.
    Ill go through some old photos and try to jar it all lose.
    Have fun, John.
     
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  16. Seafinch

    Seafinch Preferred Patron

    Location:
    Utah
    Yeah. I'd say the VN TD-160 was on the same level, but different sounding than the Clearaudio Concept. Clearaudio being slightly more hifi sounding and the TD-160 being a bit more romantic. Both of those tables bettered the non-VN TD-160.

    From there my journey has been upward... VPI was better than those by a decent margin, LP12 (with Ekos, Cirkus and Armageddon) bettered that and then the Garrard 301 (refurbed by Chris at Woodsong, Woodsong Plinth, Schick 12" arm) bettered that. I feel pretty confident that I've got my endgame table - but who knows!
     
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  17. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    That's why I'm looking to get one. I like to try new stuff and I've been interested Idler wheel tables for a while now. It should be fun to pick one up and try it with a few different carts.

    I'm looking to eventually get a Garrard, but I'd love a Linn as well. I prefer the 401 aesthetics, but I wouldn't mind the 301 either!
     
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  18. Seafinch

    Seafinch Preferred Patron

    Location:
    Utah
    Hopefully one day I'll be able to justify having a Linn and this 301 :)
     
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  19. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    Well, I can now add a Dual 1219 to my list.
     
  20. WayneC

    WayneC Hopelessly addicted to vinyl

    Location:
    England
    and I forgot! I also had a Linn Sondeck with a Rega RB300, Pretty unspectacular...
     
  21. Robert M.

    Robert M. Forum Resident

    Decennially, starting from 60's:

    Garrard 40b - Stones
    Pioneer PL-12D - Allman Brothers
    Beogram Rx2 - Tom Waits
    Rega Planar 2 - Southern Culture On the Skids
    Rega RP3 - Beatles
    Rega RP8 - Beatles

    Robert Martellaro
     
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  22. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Nice progression. Once I discovered Rega I went from RP1 (no longer in use) to RP6 (I currently own and use two) to RP10 (also in use).
     
  23. William K

    William K Forum Resident

    Location:
    NW Indiana
    Gerrard
    Benjamin Elac Miracord 750
     
  24. Tim Irvine

    Tim Irvine Forum Resident

    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Thanks!
     
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  25. Eaglesfan9

    Eaglesfan9 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Huntsville Texas
    PL12D
    Pink Triangle.
    SOTA
    Nottingham Space Deck (current).
     

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