Originally Posted by cgrums
I've read decent things about the Pioneer but know nothing of ADC or vinyl in general. Any comments between the two?
Both nice starter decks as mentioned.
ADC was Audio Dynamics Corporation, which was an American company in the 1970s and early '80s most famous for turntable related things.
That ADC tonearm on the deck is particularly nice (they sold those separately) and they also made good quality cartridges ( bit mounted on the end of the arm with needle that plays the record) as well. Funky early '80s retro styling to boot
First step is to check the condition of the cartridges on both and see if you can find spares. http://www.lpgear.com
still have ADC MM (Moving Magnet)carts which are actually a good match for the Pioneer arm as it's quite high mass.
Like Herandu says a MC (moving coil) cart would be a good match for the Pioneer tonearm, but retipping one would be expensive so I'd opt for a Denon 110 which is a good entry level MC. Bear in mind you'll need to find a fairly decent old amp or vintage high end reciever to get an MC phonostage if you go down this route.
I think the ADC arm is low mass so a Shure V15 would be the best high end match for this. Look on Ebay for one, they go for about 50USD and a replacement cart from Jico in Japan is 99 USD. You could also go for a cheaper Shure like the M91/92/95 2nd hand or a brand new M97.