It may be better to just buy a speed control instead of a new motor.
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"UP DATE" My great deal just got better, I recently bought a VPI motor and speed box from Brooks Berdan and had them fine tune it to my Musical Life Basic TT. This up grade is a termondous improvement. While attempting to have the original motor-unit repaired I was told that the Musical Life Basic uses a generic brand cassette deck motor and they could not track one down because the part nunber had been removed for some strange reason. Although the motor-unit is not attached to the TT body it in my opinion it is the week link to what I believe is wonderfuly crafted TT. A cassette motor is not designed for the task of powering such a heavy plater as this TT has while at the same time maintaing a percise speed for long periods of listing. What seemed to be a major design flaw turned out to be a blessing in disguise. My VPI runs like a fine tuned swiss watch the motor is incased in a 20 pound block of staineless steel and unlike the Musical Like motor-unit it is as quiet as a mouse trapped in a lions den. Once set the speed box does its job superbly. My TT came with a 1,200 Clearaudio Satify tone arm no cartridge but it had been beautifully maintained. I payed 800 for the TT and 500 for the VPI motor and speed box the TT itself with a good original "cassettemotor-unit" and tone arm sales for around 2,000. For those of you that have run into Musical Life motor-unit issues try what I did believe me you will have a awesome sounding TT.
I just purchased a Musical Life Basic from a fellow Audiogoner and he's not including a belt with it. The table also comes with a RB 300 tonearm.
This table will become a member of my family of two tables, to be used primarily with an Ortofon 2M Black and BAT phono amp.
Does anyone have suggestions for a better tonearm and a type of belt to use with this table?
I have been googling for a Fortissimo, but not having much luck. As for a belt, I have heard mono filament works best with this table.....fishing line.
THE OUTBOARD RECTANGULAR BOX TYPE MOTORS WERE HAVING PROBLEMS FROM THE START. THEY HAVE BEEN CHANGING THEM THROUGH WARRANTY WITH CLEARAUDIO MOTORS. MUSICAL LIFE HAS BEEN USING MANY CLEARAUDIO PARTS IN THEIR TABLE DESIGN. IF YOU DONT WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY BUY AN AC SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR DIRECTLY FROM A SELLER OR MANUFACTURER. ALL OF THESE MOTORS ARE STANDARD IN THE MODERN TURNTABLE WORLD AND YOU COULD LITERALLY USE ONE FROM ALMOST ANY TT COMPANY. ITS QUALITY MIGHT VARY THOUGH DEPENDING ON WHO MADE IT.
HERE IS A LINK TO EUROPEAN SELLER OF PARTS.
I WAS QUOTED $110 US FOR THE HIGH QUALITY PREMO TT MOTOR
I have bought a tone arm from Michael Stolz from Musical Life,but I had to send it back for repair.After that I didn't hear anything from Mr. Stolz again.He's not responding at email or telephone I am already waiting for two months for my 4000,- tone arm.
So don't do business with this guy.
If anyone knows something about him please let me know.