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#195005 - 02/04/08 08:31 PM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: RickF]
ZG Offline

Registered: 11/01/06
Posts: 135
Loc: Canadian in NYC
Mark, you've inspired me to change my avatar too! ;\)
The more you love music, the more you love music.

#195035 - 02/04/08 11:30 PM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: RickF]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4858
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Technics are very good turn tables. I have some DJ friends who swear by 'em.

#195056 - 02/05/08 09:20 AM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: BobG]
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Registered: 09/27/04
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Loc: Central NH
 Originally Posted By: BobG
I learned the hard way that Beefeater martinis, wives and brand new turntables do not make a good combination. I have not been able to listen to any vinyl since then, but I guess we had a good time that night, or so my wife keeps assuring me.

{leans forward} Oh.... DO tell..........
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#195131 - 02/05/08 07:07 PM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: MarkSJohnson]
BobG Offline
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Registered: 10/02/04
Posts: 82
Loc: Rock Springs, WI
I wish I knew the details. She just assures me we had fun. Do you think she is lying? All I know is the next day I went to play an album and the turntable was all cock-eyed in the cabinet with the cover left open . . .
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#195132 - 02/05/08 07:08 PM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: BobG]
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6723
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
Get her on the forum, we need some clarification on this issue

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#195166 - 02/06/08 12:25 AM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: Wid]
CV Online   confused
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I saw this article linked to somewhere else, and I thought it might be relevant to this thread, for anyone who's more curious than I am about getting into vinyl, but equally clueless. \:\)

Turntable Basics - How to Get Started in Vinyl

#195167 - 02/06/08 01:21 AM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: CV]
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Good article. But I want to know where he found an SL1200 for $75. I've never seen used ones for anything less than $250.

#195169 - 02/06/08 02:13 AM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 1488
Loc: Maine
Another (sortof) vinyl fan here \:\)

The very first time I heard a record played back i literally could not wipe the smile off my face. I was fascinated that it was possible to get sound like that off of something that is so simple, and requires no electronics to produce.

I cant honestly say that it sounds better than cd's because with the equipment I have it just doesnt. Only my records that i bought new can come close, and I can listen to and be quite content but if they are not kept clean and in pristine condition its just a battle.

Heres a pic of the tables. The real table (the black one) is a Sansui SR-838 from the late 70's I think which weighs something like 35 lbs and has the really nice gloss black finish. I got this table from the lab at my college a couple years ago and just needed to have the strobe sensor in the motor cleaned. Put a grado black on it and away I went! I also replaced those crappy rca cables with something a little better. I had to replace the feet on it with the rubber ones that came with my M80's (thanks axiom! :D) and since the original ones that wore out were a spring contratption I put it all on a custom made African mahogany air mass isolation platform.

To the left is my Record cleaning table. The way it works is you put the record down, There is a small shop vac hooked up to the arm that swings out and I like to vaccume it once, then wash the record with a clean microfiver car wax applicator pad and my mixture of alcohol and water then vacuume the water off and keep spinning the record (by hand) with the vaccume on until its pretty much dry. Then flip over and repeat on the other side. I built the table part for it and salvaged a motor and platter off a cheapo table so I would have something to spin it on then the arm is a vaccume attachment I modified by pluggung the end after cutting part of it off then cutting a slot in the bottom for the air and actually its like it was specifically designed just for that purpose with the curves it has. The mount for the vaccume arm is part off a drill, the part that attaches the removable handle. Its really quite genious \:\)

I dont really play records that much and only have about 10 or so that are in good enough shape to really be able to enjoy but I still enjoy the occasion when I play one or two.
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#195170 - 02/06/08 02:23 AM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: Haoleb]
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7426
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
That's a nice looking set up, Brandon.
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#195180 - 02/06/08 07:47 AM Re: Vinyl hangout….. [Re: St_PatGuy]
Murph Offline

Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6884
Loc: PEI, Canada
I'd never be that meticulous with my vinyl (if I had any left). I am however always intrigued by building gadgets. Can you elaborate on the tube used as the arm to vacuum the record and the rotating elbow?

I just finished a nice custom sized picture frame for an old photo that my wife has, so I'm well overdue to build something for myself that I'll probably never use much.

I am getting inspired to find a turntable and explore some ancient unopened boxes from my childhood to see what I find. I actually didn't own many records before CDs became more popular and I know they are all scratched to some degree. One thing we have a lot of here though is people with old junk. There is probably a treasure trove of old vinyl out there because current trends that are not spread to youth on TV are always a year or two late here and so the vinyl resurgence hasn't hit yet.

My Squeezebox has me so lazy though now, I don't know if I could go back to choosing and swapping media for every album. I live on random mode.
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