Do you live near Germany where service may be had? Would this shop be responsible for set up, insuring it functions properly? I ask because this is a complex turntable.
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I actually own a Studio, and use it as a backup turntable (my main table is a Verdier). First, for a used Studio, 3500 Euros is overpriced - many other used turntables would be preferable, including VPI Aries, Townsend Rock Reference - heck, you could probably get a Verdier Platine for that much. Also, the Goldmund T3 tonearm is really problematic, fussy, and not pleasant to optimize - I wouldn't recommend it to anyone at this point, given the lack of parts availability.
Thanks to all of you,
actualy, i am very far from Germany -Madeira-Portugal, and that can be the problem.Also , i didnt heard Studio yet, from what i heard untill today i liked more Verdier-so Rzado, thank you for your info ,i see that you like more Verdier than Studio.Here in Europe it is not so easy to find good priced used Verdier.
I can arrange also Well Tempered Reference for arround 3000 Euros(new one), what all of you think about that,is Well so good ,or better than Verdier , Vpi , Townsend ,etc.?I like liquid , musical ,relaxed but dynamic,groovy-foot taping sound , and i cant live without deep,extended,detailed, fool bodied bass.Well Reference have all that?I listen to allmost every kind of music.
If you can get a new WT Reference for that price (arm included)do not hesitate. It does everthing you're looking for very well though I cannot say if it is "cutting edge" in any category. I have used one of these for 8 years with no problems and wonderful sound. It is very user friendly once initial setup is accomplished. Nice choice.
Goldmund Studio still beats out most of high dollar turntables. Yes it's T3 or T3F arms are bear to keep it in shape but that is what the Vinyl fun is all about. Once you get used to what is needed, it is not bad at all. Only part I would worry about on Goldmund Studio is the arm belt and they are expensive.
From the price Ziva mentioned, I don't know if that is due to turntable market in Europe or not but seems too high.
I live in Europe and know these TT's.
The Problem with the Goldmund is, that Goldmund is no longer in Analog Business. Some replacement parts for the T3F are no longer available. And when you are not able to align the arm and table properly, there are not many reasons for you to go for it.
The Well Tempered is a excellent choice and the price here is a bargain. The WT sounds excellent, the set up is simple, it holds the set up and you can change Azimuth/VTA while playing. Overall a superb player.
The Verdier is also very good, but hard to get 2. hand. But good sounding Verdiers need also some attention about fitting with the right arm, solid stand and so on.
Dollars and Euros are roughly comparable....I paid US$2,000 for a Studio Mk IV new in the box about 15 years ago. The arm, the T3F is a stinker so don't consider it....The T3B sounded a bunch better than the T3F, but both were problematic.....I wouldn't at the pricing offered as they are way too proud of the table/arm combo....Keep what you have.......
Had three friends with T3Bs or T3Fs and they would sometimes misbehave......I used a Shreve Rabco on the Goldmund Studio before I bought the Rockport table over a decade ago........I would be sure that there are parts and service available for the T3B and would not consider the T3F as it paled in comparison to the T3B arms....Had a friend that had his T3B updated to the T3F ad it came back sucking big time so he figured it was the rebuild so he bought a new T3F and it wasn't any better than the rebuild......He also now has a Rockport as he traded off the Goldmund Reference/T3F for the Sirius......Been a lot of years ago......Unless you have support for the parts and service I wouldn't buy the Goldmund arm.........You can likely do better with an ET arm for less money and not have the headaches as one of the Houston group did years ago