Hey turntable newbie thread- could I get some more feedback you think? Of course I noticed Travis responded, but he's a friend and I'd expect nothing less. Sorry Morbid, you're friend-zoned. But how about some Skylab weigh-ins on my TT, with hopefully some bits of wisdom -- or maybe the same from any of you other fine and wise vinyl gurus who frequent this (or any of the other) turntable threads? I know this TT can't be that freaking rare, right? Where's the love? Instead, I get a chorus of crickets chirping.
Anyhow, amusements aside, I think I'm going to take Morbid's advice and opt for an Ortofon 2M Red, but now I'm starting to shift gears toward deciding on a phono pre-amp. I'm really liking the looks of the ADL GT-40 (/http://www.musicdirect.com/p-12443-alpha-design-labs-gt-40-usb-dac-headphone-amp-phono-preamp.aspx) just because it does so much and is cheap to boot. Perhaps it's too good to be true. Anyone had experience with this device?
Lastly, here are some interesting youtubes I happened to stumble across in researching my new (old) turntable. I enjoyed these quite a bit, particularly the second-
Turntable - Vintage Philips AF-887 2 of 2
Originally Posted by dmcs414
So I just purchased my first turntable in over a decade and am hoping I didn't pick too poorly. I opted to (instead of going modern) try out a vintage Philips AF-887 I found on Craigslist. It's in very good condition and costed less than I would have spent on a U-turn Orbit, which was a leading contender of the modern TT variety. It came with a Shure M95ED cartridge with not much playtime on it, (according to previous owner) but I'm thinking I'll buy a new cart for it anyway. Suggestions?
Apparently this TT is a bit of an oddball, according to the folks at AudioKarma - It has a belt drive, but has a quartz lock on speed control, which I guess is something of a rarity. I'm not really sure what all a quartz lock entails but I suppose it's a good thing? I recall my Technics 1200s had one.
It also has some other features I found interesting, such as a built-in stylus force gauge. You can see it in this picture of another one I saw on AK. I'd imagine that must be convenient.
So anyway, overall how'd I do? It definitely won't hurt my feelings if I just stepped in the poo. For the money I can always buy 2 or 3 more vintage turntables on Craigslist and just keep my favorite. Any recommendations or advice for a new vintage TT owner?