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  • #31
    Originally posted by djg View Post
    I'll give you my Technics SL-1300 if you take all my records, have to pick it all up though.
    Still clearing out stuff djg! Any new projects in the works?
    My Builds - Overnight Sensations w/ Voxel - Speedsters in surplus boxes - Zaph B3N's in bamboo - Classix II in BR-1 cabinets - Dual TPA3116 D2 amp in an old music box - Mariposas

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    • #32
      Nothing sound related.

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      • #33
        Schiitt Mani phono preamp.
        Kenny

        http://www.diy-ny.com/
        DIY NY/NJ 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGwA...ature=youtu.be
        Man does not live by measurements alone, a little music helps.

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        • #34
          Make sure all your friends/family know you're on the lookout for a turntable.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by kenny_k View Post
            Schiitt Mani phono preamp.
            For the price, I Don't think you can touch the performance of the Mani, even diy. And I've been looking.
            http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...khanspires-but
            http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...pico-neo-build
            http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...ensation-build

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            • #36
              I can not recommend doing business with Music Direct.

              Needless to say I am still sans turntable.

              Ordered the Music Hall MMF 2.2 from Music Direct on 12-31. Their website said 3-7 days before it ships. That's fine. So I've been anxiously awaiting the santa in brown all week. Finally sent them an email.

              They cannot fill the back-order and have cancelled my order.

              Music Direct, if you can't fill the order, fine ... but at least have the decency to let me know you have canceled the order so I'm not wasting my time waiting for the pamn thing.

              But "If you would like to discuss pricing on another order for any item you are interested in please call our sales team at XXX ANYWHERE BUT MUSIC DIRECT!

              Um ... no ... not making that mistake again.
              http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...khanspires-but
              http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...pico-neo-build
              http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...ensation-build

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              • #37
                Hit the thrift stores, you may get lucky on a used one.
                Kenny

                http://www.diy-ny.com/
                DIY NY/NJ 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGwA...ature=youtu.be
                Man does not live by measurements alone, a little music helps.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Kornbread View Post
                  I can not recommend doing business with Music Direct.

                  Needless to say I am still sans turntable.

                  Ordered the Music Hall MMF 2.2 from Music Direct on 12-31. Their website said 3-7 days before it ships. That's fine. So I've been anxiously awaiting the santa in brown all week. Finally sent them an email.

                  They cannot fill the back-order and have cancelled my order.

                  Music Direct, if you can't fill the order, fine ... but at least have the decency to let me know you have canceled the order so I'm not wasting my time waiting for the pamn thing.

                  But "If you would like to discuss pricing on another order for any item you are interested in please call our sales team at XXX ANYWHERE BUT MUSIC DIRECT!

                  Um ... no ... not making that mistake again.
                  Sorry to hear this. I've been buying from Music Direct since the company started in the basement of a home in Skokie IL. Followed them through all the different locations in Chicago and never had a problem with service. I really didn't think something like this would happen when I recommended you buy that TT. I am truly sorry.

                  They really have gotten BIG over the years,,,,,, maybe too big!

                  It may not hurt to give them a call. Explain what happened, and give them a chance to make amends. Ya never know,,,,, might get a better TT at a good price!

                  Don't give up! As I said before, records are FUN!

                  Good Luck! Mark

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Psycoacoustics View Post

                    Sorry to hear this. I've been buying from Music Direct since the company started in the basement of a home in Skokie IL. Followed them through all the different locations in Chicago and never had a problem with service. I really didn't think something like this would happen when I recommended you buy that TT. I am truly sorry.

                    They really have gotten BIG over the years,,,,,, maybe too big!

                    It may not hurt to give them a call. Explain what happened, and give them a chance to make amends. Ya never know,,,,, might get a better TT at a good price!

                    Don't give up! As I said before, records are FUN!

                    Good Luck! Mark
                    IIRC, it may have been where I purchased some small Mirage floorstanders and a little bit of other stuff many many years ago. Don't remember having any difficulties back then.

                    Must be a pretty good bunch of people in this DIY community when someone apologies for making a recommendation, that just happens not to work out, and then apologizes for it. You got nothing to apologize for and thanks for the recommendation, it caused me to more closely look at what I needed in a turntable.

                    I'll find something.

                    Have to look at some more used vinyl tomorrow after work ... weather permitting.
                    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...khanspires-but
                    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...pico-neo-build
                    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...ensation-build

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                    • #40
                      Is the U-Turn off the table? I've recently read a little more about conical styluses. They don't necessarily wear the record faster, in fact the stylus will likely last longer than an elliptical. The conical will probably have less high frequency details though. That could be perfectly fine or a deal breaker, depending on your listening preferences.

                      Good luck in your search...

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                      • #41
                        From the pic on FBmarketplace, I have found what looks like a room full of cheap electronics and lots of vinyl, all in questionable condition. Looks like the stuff was haphazardly thrown in there and left to rot. There are what appears to be 2 cheap turntables in a pile of other electronics. If I can find time to make the 60 mile trip and the price is right ... it's like a treasure hunt, you never know what you'll find.
                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...khanspires-but
                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...pico-neo-build
                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...ensation-build

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                        • #42
                          I also like vinyl and I am just about to start a pearl 2 build. There is a reason everyone is telling you to look at the used stuff, no one wants to see you waste your hard earned $200. I am not making light of your budget but think about what goes into building a turntable, it's basically all mechanical, its needs a very accurate motor that maintains an exact speed with a smooth low friction bearing so that there is no cogging. It needs a tone arm that is not just a simple piece of random metal on its own bearing assembly, and lets not forget the cartridge, they just are not cheap to buy. I'm not saying that you haven't considered this, I just think that sometimes people forget the mechanical aspect of things in this age of dirt cheap electronics. Good luck on the vinyl journey, its another rabbit hole.

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                          • #43
                            You sure get a lot of calls for a $10 Technics TT on CL. Gone in an hour, to a nice home.

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                            • #44
                              Kornbread - one thing that wasn't obvious from the first post - do you already have a turntable and you are upgrading or are you getting your first one? If you do not have one, I would suggest buying something quite inexpensive to see if you like vinyl. Audio Technica LP60 or something used for under $100. (1) As has been mentioned a few times, the performance of most new turntables under $400 have some shortcomings anyways, so if you like the vinyl experience you'll eventually want to save up for something a little nicer than $200. and (2) if you like the vinyl experience, you are going to want to build up a nice collection of records.

                              When I started listening to records I went to eBay and found several box sets and "lots" of classical and jazz records to build up a nice little library quickly. Then, going to local record stores can become a nice little weekend adventure.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by ugly woofer View Post
                                I also like vinyl and I am just about to start a pearl 2 build.
                                You should post a build log of the Pearl 2 here on TT. I know there are lots of guides at diyaudio.com but there is an absence of non-speaker builds here at TT.

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