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No problem - glad to help.

 

Regarding 78s - how serious you are about them? It goes from "just listen" to restoration - and can be from peanuts to $eriou$ $$$$.

 

I forgot which cartridge do you have - some do have 78 stylus as an option, most do not. One that is generally available and does not cost an arm and a leg is Audio Technica ATN 95-78 , another popular posibilites are 78 styli for Shure M97xE and for Ortofon OM (Super) - Stylus 78 (approx in ascending price ).

 

On the other side of the 78 price spectrum is Miyajima Labs from Japan - if those beautiful old records are really mint and your last wish on this earth is to hear them as well as possible : http://www.miyajima-lab.com/e-mono.html

 

If really serious about 78, you will eventually need a dedicated preamp - curves according to which 78s have been made were anthing but comparably standardized as in LP era. Kabusa has intersting preamps for 78/restoration https://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/phonpre.htm

 

I presented as broad spectrum as possible, how far ( and deep in the pocket ...) you wish to go is up to you. The above was under assumption that your TT has 78 RPM.

 

Thanks again! I realize, after a bit of research, that our technics doesn't play 78s.  Unfortunately for my wallet, that means I'm going to find a used one that does :)

I appreciate the range of info. I would say I am more than the "just listen" but definitely not at "restoration" levels (yet).  We are fortunate to live in an area where there seem to be high-end estate sales with beautiful records being sold for pennies.  Just recently we were at a sale for an older woman who passed away. They were selling some amazing 78s in excellent condition for only $1 or $2 each. People don't realize what they have hiding away and they are just trying to get rid of the stuff. I plan to grow the collection that way - but it doesn't help if I can't listen!

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Technics SL 1210 MK2

 

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Thanks again! I realize, after a bit of research, that our technics doesn't play 78s.  Unfortunately for my wallet, that means I'm going to find a used one that does :)

I appreciate the range of info. I would say I am more than the "just listen" but definitely not at "restoration" levels (yet).  We are fortunate to live in an area where there seem to be high-end estate sales with beautiful records being sold for pennies.  Just recently we were at a sale for an older woman who passed away. They were selling some amazing 78s in excellent condition for only $1 or $2 each. People don't realize what they have hiding away and they are just trying to get rid of the stuff. I plan to grow the collection that way - but it doesn't help if I can't listen!

For 78, I would recommend getting decent but not-too-costly Lenco L75 or L78 - they have continuously variable speed, something that does get handy with "78" - YES, they were not all recorded at precisely 78 RPM !!!

 

But word of caution: whereas SL1200/10 can be upgraded to extremely high level TT, some think that Lenco "with all the bells & whistles" IS the best turntable of them all. A fully loaded Lenco can cost up to 15K - and if it really does what it is claimed for it,  it could represent a sort of bargain. 

 

Which is not to say that stock Lenco with tonearm bearing blocks intact ( VERY common failure requiring replacement ) and cleaned & oiled is slouch - far from it. 

 

Just its recent(ish) popularity means well preserved samples can no longer  be bought for peanuts.

 

http://www.lencoheaven.net/

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AS, what would you recommend to the OP as an entry level 78 player?

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AS, what would you recommend to the OP as an entry level 78 player?

Lenco L75/78. It cost me the whole of EUR 70 or so two years ago, entry cart included - but from there on it can become near bottomless pit. 

 

If patient, it IS possible to get it in good condition at reasonable price. Bummer is that mostly they are available in Europe and as they are anything but featherweight, shipping is expensive. Current listings on ebay.usa

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=lenco+l78&rt=nc

 

ANOTHER option for 78 for the owners of Project and Music Hall : if you get "speed box", you can place the belt on the motor pulley for 45 RPM, select 45 RPM on the speed box - voila, 78 RPM, with required speed regulation included. 

 

TTs that feature 78 RPM tend to be pro oriented - hence higher cost.

 

Stop the print - while writing this, I did my homework: https://www.kabusa.com/78sl1200.htm

 

More of the same : http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/best-175-00-i-ever-spent-for-a-turntable-upgrade-78-rpm-speed-from-kabusa.203324/

 

There was official 1200/10 with 78 RPM - Mk 4 Japan only model, which may be hard to track down and costly to boot.

 

I think the best option for OP is to send her TT to KAB and "live happilly ever after". 

 

All of the above is "a bit" over the top for Europeans  - and my 78 desires were covered by Lenco at less than the cost of the SL 1210 - shadow...:duggfloat: 


Edited by analogsurviver - 11/18/14 at 3:22pm
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Thanks, I would think the KAB mod would fix her problem.

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Thanks, I would think the KAB mod would fix her problem.

Glad I could help.

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