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Which is the better deal?  $40 for a Dual CS530, or a Denon Dp-31L for $110 with an Ortofon Omega?  I know the Denon is probably a higher end model, but for $40 I feel like the Dual is pretty good.  The guy selling the Dual is about 40 minutes away while the guy selling the Denon is about an hour away :(

GO FOR THE DENON

post #557 of 2868

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?  wink.gif  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

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZQw4OfPkXY  1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnqv2XjZVYs  2/2

 

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Originally Posted by dmcs414 View Post

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?  

post #558 of 2868

Friend zone? I thought we had something more than that, Dave. :D

 

PMed you aboot something related to your search.

post #559 of 2868
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Originally Posted by Hi-Five View Post

Hey all,

 

I apologize if I missed it earlier in the thread (read up on the Glasrubber), but has anyone here used the Magic Eraser technique to clean their stylus?  I keep my records clean but am concerned about vinyl specks that won't get brushed off with a basic carbon fiber stylus brush and I'm not terribly keen on using solvents to aid the cleaning action.

 

Thoughts or comments?

I've had recently such vinyl specks on one single album - it started with one, then it got relatives! No carbon brush, liquid cleaning etc could remove it, was kind of yellowish colour. Finally, once the LP was thought to be a write off ( and I like Cassandra Wilson so much ...) I resorted to the last ditch attempt - a machined wooden toothpick. This finally dislodged the gunk from the vinyl, and vacuum cleaning etc restored the proper operation.

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Not eek.gif Cassandra Wilson! Glad you were resourceful and got it straightened out. Suddenly, I feel like listening to "Harvest Moon" but only have it @ 44.1 kHz. Maybe this spring, I'll get some Cassandra on vinyl.

post #561 of 2868
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Not eek.gif Cassandra Wilson! Glad you were resourceful and got it straightened out. Suddenly, I feel like listening to "Harvest Moon" but only have it @ 44.1 kHz. Maybe this spring, I'll get some Cassandra on vinyl.

It was Cassandra Wilson's BLUE SKIES album. Harvest Moon is on New Moon Daughter 2LP - if you get this, please use some high quality ( in Shure parlance - high trackability, particularly in highs ) cartridge, as levels are quite high and her sibilants tend to get !"#$%&/()=?* with lower quality carts.

This 2LP is very useful for CD vs LP comparisons - if phono is not up to the task, CD might smoke it...

 

Be it as it may with SQ, music is always superb with Cassandra Wilson.

post #562 of 2868
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Not eek.gif Cassandra Wilson! Glad you were resourceful and got it straightened out. Suddenly, I feel like listening to "Harvest Moon" but only have it @ 44.1 kHz. Maybe this spring, I'll get some Cassandra on vinyl.

It was Cassandra Wilson's BLUE SKIES album. Harvest Moon is on New Moon Daughter 2LP - if you get this, please use some high quality ( in Shure parlance - high trackability, particularly in highs ) cartridge, as levels are quite high and her sibilants tend to get !"#$%&/()=?* with lower quality carts.

This 2LP is very useful for CD vs LP comparisons - if phono is not up to the task, CD might smoke it...

 

Be it as it may with SQ, music is always superb with Cassandra Wilson.

 

"New Moon Daughter" on CD was my first Cassandra purchase some moons back. My Music Hall mmf-7 has a Goldring Eroica 'H' cart with upgraded Cardas wiring inside the tonearm. Haven't come out the shop yet...

popcorn.gif

...perhaps this Saturday or Monday will be my first listen to the table. I have Astrud Gilberto's "The Shadow Of Your Smile" 2LP-45 lined up.wink.gif I still crack up when I realize total track time between the 2 LP's is only 25 minutes. I might as well stand over the TT...rolleyes.gif


Edited by Silent One - 1/24/13 at 4:53am
post #563 of 2868
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"New Moon Daughter" on CD was my first Cassandra purchase some moons back. My Music Hall mmf-7 has a Goldring Eroica 'H' cart with upgraded Cardas wiring inside the tonearm. Haven't come out the shop yet...

popcorn.gif

...perhaps this Saturday or Monday will be my first listen to the table. I have Astrud Gilberto's "The Shadow Of Your Smile" 2LP-45 lined up.wink.gif

Hope your Goldring is a decent sample. In one of the posts with reference to warm up times, I mentioned the use of Project K6 ( Grado Green rebrand ),used only because all three (!) samples of Goldring MC ( forgot the model, about 2004 ) we had on stock proved to be - defective...   

 

Wish you yours turns out OK -  a properly functioning Goldring is a good cart, only its effective mass of 0.6 mg is a bit on the high side for those Sibilant Ladies lined up... since really light cantilevers became unavailable or downright illegal due to enviromental or health hazard reasons, manufacturers heave to resort to lesser alternatives - even when cost is no object.

post #564 of 2868
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

 

"New Moon Daughter" on CD was my first Cassandra purchase some moons back. My Music Hall mmf-7 has a Goldring Eroica 'H' cart with upgraded Cardas wiring inside the tonearm. Haven't come out the shop yet...

popcorn.gif

...perhaps this Saturday or Monday will be my first listen to the table. I have Astrud Gilberto's "The Shadow Of Your Smile" 2LP-45 lined up.wink.gif I still crack up when I realize total track time between the 2 LP's is only 25 minutes. I might as well stand over the TT...rolleyes.gif

2LP @ 25 min = short but SWEET ! 

post #565 of 2868
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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post

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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

 

"New Moon Daughter" on CD was my first Cassandra purchase some moons back. My Music Hall mmf-7 has a Goldring Eroica 'H' cart with upgraded Cardas wiring inside the tonearm. Haven't come out the shop yet...

popcorn.gif

...perhaps this Saturday or Monday will be my first listen to the table. I have Astrud Gilberto's "The Shadow Of Your Smile" 2LP-45 lined up.wink.gif

Hope your Goldring is a decent sample. In one of the posts with reference to warm up times, I mentioned the use of Project K6 ( Grado Green rebrand ),used only because all three (!) samples of Goldring MC ( forgot the model, about 2004 ) we had on stock proved to be - defective...   

 

Wish you yours turns out OK -  a properly functioning Goldring is a good cart, only its effective mass of 0.6 mg is a bit on the high side for those Sibilant Ladies lined up... since really light cantilevers became unavailable or downright illegal due to enviromental or health hazard reasons, manufacturers heave to resort to lesser alternatives - even when cost is no object.

 

The previous owner didn't have a problem with it (the cart). It's seldom used, as he moved up to a Benz-micro shortly thereafter. Naturally, I'll post my new found experience. Currently, proud of my 1977 Sony PS-X5 w/AT120E cart.


Edited by Silent One - 1/24/13 at 5:24am
post #566 of 2868
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

 

The previous owner didn't have a problem with it (the cart). It's seldom used, as he moved up to a Benz-micro shortly thereafter. Naturally, I'll post my new found experience. Currently, proud of my 1977 Sony PS-X5 w/AT120E cart.

Hmmm... - I fear you will learn the hard way why he did it. Is it perhaps http://www.head-fi.org/t/388383/fs-music-hall-mmf-7-1-turntable-w-cart ?

MMF 7 by itself should be good, no experience.

 

120E could use some frosting and a cherry on the top, but everything below that missing top is very sound and healthly "cake" indeed. One could say you can get frosting for it by getting ATN440MLa stylus, frosting+cherry with ATN150MLX stylus and frosting+cherry+++++ by getting ATN150ANV stylus.Those ++++ are not necessary, but I would suggest 150MLX over 440MLa, as it is not too much of a price difference. No experience with Sony table, but I guess you being proud of it will remain justified for considerable time to come - it looks like honest deck on vinylengine. If you pimp it with an approprate mat, upgrade the stylus and adjust everything right with a good protractor and test record, perhaps add some vibration control in form of various feet or isolation platforms, it should take quite a lot of $$$ to significantly improve upon its performance.

post #567 of 2868
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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post

2LP @ 25 min = short but SWEET ! 

 

I played a Classical LP the other day, ONE side was 38 minutes! frown.gif

post #568 of 2868
Right now mono is the big deal. I'm sure we'll start reissuing 78s soon.
post #569 of 2868
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

Right now mono is the big deal. I'm sure we'll start reissuing 78s soon.

 

BTW, I played Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland on LP the other day, 2010 mastering, (over loudspeakers and thru my home theatre system) I could swear I had the surround sound on! 

Double checked, my processor was set to stereo, straight analog bypass, so rear channels were off

I have no idea how they did this!

post #570 of 2868
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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post

2LP @ 25 min = short but SWEET ! 

 

I played a Classical LP the other day, ONE side was 38 minutes! frown.gif

 

Ah, but @ 38 minutes you remain seated.ksc75smile.gif

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