SYOS

Do you still use vinyl - and what's you deck?

half diminished

Senior Member
Messages
1,361
Location
Buckinghamshire
Just for Pete!

Yes I do, over 600 LPs, some half speed masters, many 180g and 200g 'specials'.

I use a Project RPM 4

but am lusting after a Michell Gyrodec



What do you use?
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Mikey B

Member
Messages
181
Location
South Devon
Still have loads of vinyl but have no turntable, Thorens TD280 mk 11 was my last, motor packed up 2 years ago and its never been replaced. What is a reasonable turntable to have these days?


Regards, Mike
 
OP
half diminished

half diminished

Senior Member
Messages
1,361
Location
Buckinghamshire
Still have loads of vinyl but have no turntable, Thorens TD280 mk 11 was my last, motor packed up 2 years ago and its never been replaced. What is a reasonable turntable to have these days?


Regards, Mike
Depends on budget

Project RPM 3 less that £170 with arm/cartridge - 5* What HIFi award

There are other good Project decks below £500 (or above).

Rega still do some great turntables from around £200 up to as much as you want to spend.

I don't think I'd look at much else unless you want to spend £500 to £700 or more.

Or you could get an ex-demo from somewhere like Vickers Hi-Fi Specialists, York, North Yorkshire, UK
 
Last edited by a moderator:

jonf

Well-Known Member
Messages
3,641
Location
Betelgeuse
Vinyl

Still got loads of vinyl. I bought a turntable a few years ago so I could copy to an analogue CD burner so I could play the CDs in the car. Didn't want to pay too much, so I got a second hand Linn Axis. Pretty good, really. The analogue burner is a great piece of kit, bit like a brick privy. It's a Traxdata thing, works a treat.
 

losaavedra

Member
Messages
392
Location
Rojales, Spain
My vinyl comprises a couple of hundred LPs and a fair number of singles. I had two ancient decks lying around and was wondering whether (actually how!) to get this collection onto (say) mp3 using those. However I recently picked up a Technics SL-D30 direct drive turntable from our local rastro (flea market) for 6 Euros (!), took it home, cleaned it up, sorted out the hum problems due to the missing earth side of the output cables (eventually replaced them with more convenient phono sockets) ... and now it seems to be working as good as new and as far as I can tell is in near pristine nick! Oh, I also got a phono stereo pre-amp for it from Maplin (20 Quid ... more that the deck cost me!) because the cartridge output on its own was at a very low level. I run this deck through one of an assortment of amp setups. For adequate room volume usually its a couple of PC powered speakers. For more volume than that I use one of my collection of vintage Sony amps connected to a couple of cement-lined cabs ... and for party time I shove it all through through a 400W mixer driving 2x15" and 2x12" speakers, which enable one to, uhm, feel the music!

Rather more of a problem are the 78s (half the people on here probably won't even remember those!). Gerry Mulligan (inc. Walkin' Shoes), Tony Kinsey, Don Rendell, Les Paul and various others. I had an old Garrard deck once that would 'do' 78s but its long gone. I might have a go at playing them at 33 into audacity (bearing in mind that will probably be the end of the stylus!) then fiddling with the tempo and pitch. Or maybe I should just stick them in a frame and hang them on the wall as studio decor! Of course its possible, today, to acquire these early jazz influences of mine in a more up-to-date format, but I don't reckon they sound the same once 're-mastered'. Call me old fashioned, etc., etc.!
 

TomMapfumo

Well-Known Member
Messages
5,232
Location
Skabertawe, South Wales
Over 1000 LP's so turntable is essential. My set up (into a naim system) is:
Linn Sondek LP12/Naim Armageddon power supply/Naim Aro arm/Lyra Lydian MC Cartridge.

Sounds lovely, and looking to buy some of the current ECM vinyl catalogue.

Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 

FastFred

Member
Messages
80
LP12, RB300 Kef reference 104/3's. Need to spend a few bob on a Naim amp and start collecting jazz lp's.
 

richardfm

New Member
Messages
28
Location
Cornwall
Source turntable, Odyssey tonearm AT OC9 cartridge, Avondale Audio power supply.
Concordant pre-amp, Avondale Audio power amps, Spica TC50 speakers and REL Subwoofer.
My old (valve) CD player died about a year ago and I haven't replaced it ... I listen to vinyl on the HiFi and MP3 on the computer and in the car.
 

Lloyd

Member
Messages
208
Location
Hertfordshire
Got a Rega Planar 3. Superb. My 13 year old son has discovered it and is playing all my old Prog Rock.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Richard Perks

Member
Messages
165
Location
Nanaimo BC Canada
System Dek I bought in '81 now hooked into computer through a gizmo called VidBox (can use with vhs player as it has video.) use vidbox software (has some glitches with Vista but will sort out sometime) outputs to mp3.
My B&W speakers and Harman/kardan HK 750 lput out to pasture in practice room as all stuff we use in house uses HDMI cables now.
 
OP
half diminished

half diminished

Senior Member
Messages
1,361
Location
Buckinghamshire
System Dek I bought in '81 now hooked into computer through a gizmo called VidBox (can use with vhs player as it has video.) use vidbox software (has some glitches with Vista but will sort out sometime) outputs to mp3.
My B&W speakers and Harman/kardan HK 750 lput out to pasture in practice room as all stuff we use in house uses HDMI cables now.
Hey, I started out with a Systemdek IIX bought in 1985. It was a close call against a Linn Sondek LP12 but I decided that I would split my £1000 budget more evenly rather than spend 60% on the deck alone. I started out with the AR Cambridge A60 amplifier which I upgraded in 1989 to a Linn LK1/LK280 pre/power amp setup and Pro-ac Super Tablet speakers which are still going strong after 24 years!

I swapped out the Systemdek 5 years ago after I damaged the spindle that runs off the motor which gave the whole platter a wobble. Shame as I liked the deck very much, The Project RPM 4 is better though.
 

AlanU

Member
Messages
628
Location
Enfield, North London
Oh dear, these all sound terribly posh.

I still use a Garrard Zero-100 SB, it's the one with so called 'parallel tracking'.
I know it's ancient, but seems to have some sympathy with most of my records, which are of a similar vintage.
My Hi-Fi separates had been conking out bit by bit, (channels being a bit iffy etc.) and not having the money or inclination to replace them bought a Sony micro-system for my modest living room.

It is a great little thing, but with no connection for a turntable.
I could plug all sorts of other new-fangled things into it if I knew what they were.
Twenty pounds or so got me a pre-amp, and analogue reproduction is restored. I can again listen to Lester Young as nature intended.
 

kevgermany

ex Landrover Nut
Subscriber
Messages
22,004
Location
Just north of Munich
Got rid of my deck about 12 years ago, can't even remember what it was, but it was british and used different coloured cables for left and right compared the the red/whaite standard. Still have the best of my records. Need to find a deck to copy them to CD. Then I'll keep the vinyl for copyright, but use the CDs for practicality. Any suggestions for an affordable, yet OK deck?
 
OP
half diminished

half diminished

Senior Member
Messages
1,361
Location
Buckinghamshire
Depends on budget

Project RPM 3 less that £170 with arm/cartridge - 5* What HIFi award

There are other good Project decks below £500 (or above).

Rega still do some great turntables from around £200 up to as much as you want to spend.

I don't think I'd look at much else unless you want to spend £500 to £700 or more.

Or you could get an ex-demo from somewhere like Vickers Hi-Fi Specialists, York, North Yorkshire, UK


Got rid of my deck about 12 years ago, can't even remember what it was, but it was british and used different coloured cables for left and right compared the the red/whaite standard. Still have the best of my records. Need to find a deck to copy them to CD. Then I'll keep the vinyl for copyright, but use the CDs for practicality. Any suggestions for an affordable, yet OK deck?
Check out my comment above. It all depends on what you want to spend but the Project deals are pretty good and usually include and arm and cartridge to get you going.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Sloth

Member
Messages
102
Location
The cheap end of Brighton
I got myself a new Goldring GR1.2 a few years ago in the region of £150, with the idea of getting all the vinyl I wanted, since most people like to throw it at me for pennies!

Its not a high-end player I know, but its great and I love it! Even the scratches sound good! A non-record owning friend asked if it was a USB turntable, and I had to spit on the floor.. they sound like a polystyrene cup with a needle stuck in it!
 

Ben Cain

Member
Messages
108
Location
Essex, UK
Sometimes

PImk Triangle - excellent sound, quad electrostatic speakers, quad pre and power amps. Have had setup for years and still outplays Ipod or cd.
 
Top Bottom