I really miss my Luxman PD300 with a Technics EPA-500 arm. Now, that was one nice table/arm!
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So, what other old turntable we got rockin' the house out there?
Don't forget Lenco. Surprising performance for low investment.
Albert Porter Lenco
I bought mine for $95.00, although that was nearly eight years ago. Fond memories, one of the best bang for the buck tables around.
Lenco L75/78 (highly modified ex. - www.artisanfidelity.com)
Technics SP10 Mk3
Technics SP10 Mk2
Garrard 301 (Schedule 1 and Schedule 2)
Thorens TD125 (Mk1 & Mk2) (modified sound great)
Thorens TD124 (Mk1 & Mk2)
Micro Seiki SX 8000
Micro Seiki SX 5000 (all)
Micro Seiki RX 1500
Micro Seiki BL 99
Denon DP 100M
Sony TTS 8000
Pioneer P10 Exclusive
Empire 598 (To a lesser extent of those above)
All these models will likely be around for a long long time.
I'm another fan of the Empire 208 -- I purchased one used and had it updated by Mike Paschetto at Analog Engineering. You can see a picture on my system page.
I also fondly remember the Empire 698, which was elegant, beautiful and persnickety --I currently own two, but sadly neither is fully functional.
And finally, the Technics SL-23 -- it set a new price point for a reliable, semi-automatic turntable with speed control.