Gerrard GT 10

My 90 year old in laws are downsizing.  They have offered me their turntable, which probably hasn’t been used since 1990.  I’m not a vinylista, but I do have a Project Phono pre amp with usb output, and I have identified a few albums in a local resale shop that have never been digitalized that I would like to hear.  First step would be to just play the albums, then I may try to record them to a flash to transfer to my Melco NAS.
  I’ve been warned that the belt may be rotted out at that vintage, and I wouldn’t risk the stylus on any vinyl, so I am contemplating a decent but not to expensive mm cartridge, and that, along with any other useful advice, is what I seek to find here.  Any thoughts?

Showing 3 responses by mahler123

Yeah, it’s more for fun than anything else.  Still, hoping to get some decent sound.  I used to own one of these tables back in the day.  My lps were destroyed in a flood at the dawn of the CD era but I stubbornly hung on to the tt and moldy  bad smelling albums, even though they were unplayable, for a few years.  I came home from work one day and found my kids using it to launch Beanie Babies airborne.  Hey, at least someone was getting use out of the table
These albums aren’t available as downloads.  I wouldn’t be going through the trouble it it weren’t for the tt suddenly being gifted.  Thanks for the pointers
I decided to sell off my analog rig a few years ago when I realized that pretty much everything had been digitalized.  Let’s just say I’m not a vinylista and leave it at that.  I’ve made plenty of posts on Agon through the year about this preference and don’t wish to reignite it here.  I have discovered a few albums that were old favorites which are not available and are in a nearby resale shop ( Joshua Rifkin’s Scott Joplin series, some Bach from Karl Ristenpart—in general it seems the Nonesuch catalog is in a state of limbo), and hey, as long as I’m being gifted a tt, and still have Pro-Ject phono amp, what the heck.
  I have no wish to accumulate lps.  My wife and I are also downsizing in anticipation of moving when we retire and I am in the midst of transferring a few thousand CDs to the Melco.  When I gave away a few crates of lps a few years ago my wife’s relief was palpable.  So if I few digitalize a few lps that are on 50 year old vinyl that were less than stellar lps back in the day I don’t think I have to turn in my audiophile badge.  
  Also I like the challenge of getting decent sound out of budget components.  Sure I could read Michael Fremer and dip in the 401 K and buy a $200K turntable but if I’m willing to accept the financial hit 
then what’s the challenge there?  Trying to resurrect an ancient tt and pair with the right budget cartridge to get something that sounds listenable is a different kind of task than deciding between
which Uber priced components to play with