It is a museum piece - not something I would EVER consider to play my best vinyl with it. Simply follow the Service Manual/Schematics, repair if needed to the original spec, and play "expendable" records for demo, nostalgia, etc, reasons.
A serious portable TT ( for scouting the records at record meets/swaps/garage sales/etc is Sony Flamingo http://www.ps-f5.com/ Pricey little bugger for sure - but can pay for itself if the seller was "cunning" enough to vacuum clean a very rare record mistracked to death, put it into fresh Nagaoka inner sleeve, put everything into a fancy outer sleeve - and tried to make a quick buck by labeling it as Mint or Very Good + for vinyl. Armed with Flamingo - such lowlifes will have no chances against you...
I can tell you one thing about my PS-F9 (the PS-F5's bigger brother) it sounds ****ty, but scores high on looks/weight.
I might have to look into it, as to why it sounds crappy, i cant tell. It sounds distorted, even after replacing the needle with a brand new one.
i bought it from eBay a few years ago, bid on the last second, and am still happy i got it ;P
Edited by CH23 - 11/19/13 at 1:35pm