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semolinapilcher 05-11-2019 01:57 PM

My early 80s turntable up and died.

I want a replacement thatís nice and effective but not too far up the cost curve. Basically a Honda-Accord-level turntable.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much!

Borderdon 05-11-2019 02:01 PM

The Rega (Planar 2 & 3) are very fine turntables & do appear on the used market.
Their companion RB 300 tonearm remains an industry standard.
Having owned a couple I can recommend the above with no hesitation.
Iím sure youíll get many other good suggestions. Happy Hunting !

fitness1 05-11-2019 02:14 PM

Yes - the Rega's are a good choice....also Music Hall MMF 1.3 and 1.5 and Pro-Ject Essential III.

All are under 350 brand new.

M Sarad 05-15-2019 08:21 AM

Iím very happy with my Music Hall.

semolinapilcher 05-15-2019 07:47 PM

I just pulled the trigger on the Music Hall MMF 1.5. Very excited! The Regas look great but higher $.

Would it make sense to also get a really nice elliptical stylus for that pre-installed cartridge? I donít feel Iíll do that right away; just curious.

Regardless, many thanks!

MC5C 05-16-2019 01:34 PM

Very nice that it has a built in phono pre-amp with RIAA curves. Even 10 years ago when I replaced my amplifier I had the devil of a time finding something with a magnetic cartridge input. Mind you, what I found was fairly high end yet a good value, but the choice was it or nothing! I have an AR deck with a SME III arm that was my father's.

semolinapilcher 05-20-2019 10:57 PM

Howdy, here’s a quick update. I really like the MMF 1.5! It sounds and looks great, and it’s clearly several steps up from my old JVC direct drive. That said...

There was a hum initially. I put more space between the wall wart and the speaker wire, problem solved.

Also I confess I miss the auto-return feature. The thing runs quiet - no unnecessary mechanisms! - but it won’t stop by itself.

But those are just little nits. I thoroughly enjoy my awesome new machine, thanks again for the recommendations!

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