B&O still make turntables? Had one in the late 80’s. Paid around $700-800 new. What a pile of crap! Brought it back to Natural Sound in Framingham, MA after a week and bought a Rega Planar 3 turntable with a Linn K9 mm cartridge instead. Although I wasn’t crazy about the Rega’s lightweight performance, it was light years better than the B&O.
I was using B&O tables with a sound-smith cartridge until the anti skate gave out on both. I replaced them with a MoFi turntable (with the record weight). I had no idea some of my old used vinyl could actually be silent
I did not care for the fit and finish of the Beogram. I didn't care for the built in cartridge and I feel it was the weak link with the turntable. The reason I bought the TT was because I won a Mobile Fidelity box set of the Rolling Stones on vinyl. I won it from Natural Sound so I went there to buy a TT to play it on (I actually HATE the Rolling Stones). I didn't care at all for the sound coming from the Beogram, the same songs played on a cheap FM tuner sounded better. The Rega was a lot more musical, but was very lightweight in sound. Hope this helps.
$450.00 I don’t own a cartridge that costs less than 1k, the IC cables I use on my TT are silver wire cost twice that.You might as well just spend the $450.00 on a cartridge now then another 1K - 2K on a tone arm, then save at least 3K - 6K on a mid level turntable in a year or two.
I have a TX in the garage w Soundsmith 3, granted the table was $125 Craigslist... It does have a suspension and the OP could have Peter( who many here laud and dont claim as deaf ) rebuild his table and add “ the voice “ cart... a clear upgrade path...
A pal asked me for advice because he wanted to get serious about a new turntable. He was willing to go "up to 5k all in." I put together a bunch of options with links and prices. He ended up buying a used Sony on Craigslist for "a few hundred."
Love my Rega Planar 8 with Apheta 3 MC cart and Rega Ania phono. I would love to try the Planar 10, Aphelion 2 and Aura MC phono but I have hit my upper budget. Let me know if you snag one though, I'll bring the Scotch and some good vinyl to spin.
Kenwood Kp990 and above are wonderful. with ah great mid compliance tonearm. easy to adopt multiple tonearm with simple mods. very easy to use and great.
technics.. if you get a very good condition tonearmbof epa100. the ruby bearings easily crushed. high compliance tonearm though.
sleeper Sony. 2250. fantastic tonearm. decent tt but more musical. mid high compliance.. 10.5 inch tonearm.
depends what you need.. and 2nd hand always is condition condition and condition.if poor condition is almost as good as junk. Best if you have a very good restorer or get new ones. reed, avid, vpi. all very decent. or customize.. buy maglev sistem from eBay. the Denmark speaker guy is very happy with it
If you can afford $800.00 you could step up to the Audio Technica AT-LP7 it comes with a cartridge is fully manual and also has a built in pre amp it even includes rca cables, and has removable head shell if you want to buy other cartridges.
I was looking at the web and the Regar is listed. Vinyl NIrvana sells used high end and if you can find one an AR XA or XA 1. You might need it rebuilt about $300 but well worth it. Mine is from about 1970+. Bought from a neighbor for $50 and just spent $325 to rebuild. I can say the depth and tone plus richness of Cats show album and the other albums we have left is amazing. It kills CD music anytime. I am just sad we did not take some of the hundreds of new stereo recordings my parents had when their house was sold for teardown. My dad had bought a Macintosh Mono system in 1957 or 1958 but then went to a Nakamichi 2 Receiver that we are now using. Only problem with the older units no coax inputs or the power lines leak. You might need to have some repairsdone. You can also go to Music Technology in Springfield VA. He is amazing. Not sure how much longer he will be working. My high end dealer closed after 30 years.
I recently bought a Philips AF877 for $75. I added some decent gold plated female RCA's and a ground lug. Lubed the main bearing, replaced the awful cuing mechanism with a beautiful Chinese made cuing arm and voila! Resonance free resin plinth, suspended chasis and a sophisticated lightwieght tonearm that accomodates some pretty pricy cartridges.
Okay it's not a Linn, but for a fraction of the cost of a used one, it sounds excellent. It even returns the tonearm at the end when I've nodded out on the couch.
That is why I mentioned it in lieu of anything else. I didn't realize the budget issue. Given that, I suspect you'd have been better off having your old Technics serviced out. You can't buy much of a decent turntable these days for $450. The SL1200G is a $4000 machine.
OK folks, let’s shift gears and help him get the best sound out of his TX. we can be a welcoming community if we desire. to the OP SoundSmith is a good source for info on checking your table, etc... enjoy the music, the journey. jim
A pal asked me for advice because he wanted to get serious about a new turntable. He was willing to go "up to 5k all in."I put together a bunch of options with links and prices. He ended up buying a used Sony on Craigslist for "a few hundred."
A few good suggestions here but unless your in the 3-5k range your nowhere near high end. VPI and Techniques have some excellent TT,s but the cartridge an arm can make or break any TT regardless of how many shekels you dole out for it. As for my tastebuds; Thorens TD 124 / SME 3009 S2 improved /Van Den Hul Frog Gold.