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Old March 23rd, 2017, 07:37 AM   #1
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I've been picking up records here and there lately.

Told my wife I'd like a record player for my birthday in a couple months.

I have no idea what to buy/where to go. I'm not a hardcore audiophile, so I can't justify hundreds of dollars on a unit. I'm just looking for some recommendations and what to look for. I'd like to get a new one that has some USB capabilities so I can rip some to .mp3s. I've been getting some albums that you won't find elsewhere.
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I've been picking up records here and there lately.

Told my wife I'd like a record player for my birthday in a couple months.

I have no idea what to buy/where to go. I'm not a hardcore audiophile, so I can't justify hundreds of dollars on a unit. I'm just looking for some recommendations and what to look for. I'd like to get a new one that has some USB capabilities so I can rip some to .mp3s. I've been getting some albums that you won't find elsewhere.
Find a local vintage vinyl shop, usually they sell vintage turntables or at least should be able to point you in the right direction. The new turntables they are making now in a budget price range are complete and total trash.
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https://www.gramovox.com/products/floating-record

That's the one I got a year ago, I was a kickstarter backer, but they are selling retail now.

Sounds great.

No USB though, but for playing them it's great.
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I bought a Yamaha RX-V1 and a pair of Paradigm Monitor bookshelf speakers from a gentleman that sells quite a bit of vintage stuff on Craigslist. His name is Jim, and specializes in turntables, so I've kept him in mind. He had quite a selection when I was there. Really nice guy. Seemed very fair and honest. He's near Fuller and Michigan, in GR NE. Obviously no USB though. You could get a USB phono pre-amp, but they're not cheap either.

https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/search/ela?query=Jim
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https://www.gramovox.com/products/floating-record

That's the one I got a year ago, I was a kickstarter backer, but they are selling retail now.

Sounds great.

No USB though, but for playing them it's great.
I said I'm not an audiophile . That's more than I'm willing to spend.

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I bought a Yamaha RX-V1 and a pair of Paradigm Monitor bookshelf speakers from a gentleman that sells quite a bit of vintage stuff on Craigslist. His name is Jim, and specializes in turntables, so I've kept him in mind. He had quite a selection when I was there. Really nice guy. Seemed very fair and honest. He's near Fuller and Michigan, in GR NE. Obviously no USB though. You could get a USB phono pre-amp, but they're not cheap either.

https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/search/ela?query=Jim
I'll keep him in mind.
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Get a legit turntable, not a 50 dollar one that converts to MP3. I have a Roxio box thing so I can convert analog signals to digital. So I can make MP3s from my LPs or 45s
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Back when I bought mine..... in the dark ages.. ..it was a Garrard Zero -100 with a Pickering XV-15 pick up.
The pickup is as important as the tone arm tracking pressure. the Zero 100 had what was referred to as Zero Tracking error due to its articulating head.

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Back in my single/tv tech/mad money days I had one of these



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I use this for that genuine sound. I got it at a garage sale, but I see them all the time at Salvation Army for $25-50, they never seem to last long.



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