Oracle Turntable Appreciation Forum
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Chris J

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Any Oracle turntable fans/owners/used to own people out there?
 
I couldn't find much Oracle Turntable info in Head Fi so I thought I would start a thread for the Oracle fans out there.
 
I've been using an Oracle Delphi Mark IV for approx. 20 years, still sounds great, still runs like a champ.
 
Any other "Oracle worshippers" out there?
 
Jan 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM Post #3 of 37

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An SME IV Tonearm.
Not an Oracle OEM, but an SME.
 
Made In England,
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Jan 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM Post #5 of 37

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I used to know a guy with a Gyrodec, an Audio Innovations pre amp (British) and a Sumo Nine Plus power amp. Can't remember anything else in the sytem, though.

That was a very nice sounding system! Very alive and dynamic.
 
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I know this thread hasn't been active in a few months, but I just tripped over this forum today and decided to join.
 
I have an original Oracle Delphi which is sometimes referred to as the Mk.I .  I have it about 25 years and bought it from a friend of mine who was the original owner.  Lucky for me he mounted a Fidelity Research fx64x tonearm, and bought the optional Oracle Iso-Mat.  Also has the upgraded power supply.  Absolutely gorgeous design and has given me wonderful service, especially all those years before CD's existed!  I've got a great vinyl collection.   But the itch was getting to me, and this past year I totally revamped my system (speakers, amps, cables, DAC, phono amp).  And I decided to order a VPI Classic II to spin my vinyl.
 
I've been debating whether to keep the Oracle and play with it, but I just don't have the room for two tables. Anybody want to be the third owner?
 
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Sep 7, 2013 at 5:57 AM Post #7 of 37

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Put your Oracle Delphi in the For Sale section of Head Fi..........if you still have it!
 
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A friend of mine bought the MKI in about 81-82.  I bought it from him about ten years ago.  It had a Koetsu arm on it which got irreparably damaged in my last move.  Slapped a Jelco 250-C on it with the original Koetsu Onyx.  Worked fine but awfully fiddly.  My friend had spent countless hours getting everything lined up and bouncing properly in his twenty years of ownership.
 
Recently, I sold it and sold the Onyx separately.  With the funds, I purchased an RP6 with Ortofon 2M Black and I couldn't be happier.
 
The Oracle Delphi is certainly a gorgeous piece but in the end, I'm a leveler (don't make me start the tweaking) and prefer to spend my free hi-fi time just listening to music.
 
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A friend of mine bought the MKI in about 81-82.  I bought it from him about ten years ago.  It had a Koetsu arm on it which got irreparably damaged in my last move.  Slapped a Jelco 250-C on it with the original Koetsu Onyx.  Worked fine but awfully fiddly.  My friend had spent countless hours getting everything lined up and bouncing properly in his twenty years of ownership.

Recently, I sold it and sold the Onyx separately.  With the funds, I purchased an RP6 with Ortofon 2M Black and I couldn't be happier.

The Oracle Delphi is certainly a gorgeous piece but in the end, I'm a leveler (don't make me start the tweaking) and prefer to spend my free hi-fi time just listening to music.


Yeah, the early one's had a reputation for being fiddly.
I have a Mk IV, it is as soild as a rock, once you set it up, it stays set up!:D
 
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I know it's an old thread; but if anyone is interested in reviving, I am, too. I really think that there are enough interested party to have an active discussion somewhere.
 
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Owned the III from '81-'94. Wonderful looking, very nice function. Eventually moved on to a VPI IV with a Souther. The Souther couldn't really be mounted on the Oracle. I had a Mayware 4 on the Oracle when I bought it, and moved up to a FR 64. Had: Stanton 881S, FR Mk3F, Carnegie 1, Denon 103.

If the Souther fit on the Oracle I'd still have it.

That mat was amazing too.
 
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I have an Alex II and just got a III; both with Sumiko Premier MMT arms. That means I have 4 tables and only room for 3. I'll have to sell either the Alex II or a Linn Basik with an LVX. I'll have fun testing them against each other to figure it out. But I think it will be hard to fit the Alex II where the Linn sits now. Not much space.
 
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Just bought a mint Delphi (not sure which MK) today! Very happy and looking forward to lots of late nights with it!!
 
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Great stuff, Oracle's are awesome, I hope you enjoy your "new" turntable.
What kind of tonearm and cartridge do you have?
 

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