Sansui Turntable - Best one to own?

Which vintage Sansui Turntable is the one to own? I run a vintage system Sansui AU-999/TU-999 with a Cal Audio CL-10 right now...also have a Rega Mira3 Amp for new-ish rig...Saw a really beautiful Sansui TT here some months ago for sale and it is now haunting me...
Unless you are set on a one brand system you can do much better elsewhere. The Sansui is likely an OEM from another company and I don't remember any of them being that good.
Like most Japanese hi-fi manufacturers in the late 60s, 70s and 80s Sansui offered a variety of turntables at different price points targeting different classes of users. While most models were rebranded stuff, some of the higher-end units were either manufactured by Sansui of contract manufactured to their specs. I do not believe that Sansui ever manufactured a tonearm, but OEM'd from sources such as Arco and Jelco.

The Sansui SR-838 and SR-929 turntables are excellent performers, especially in their price range. These were probably the best Japanese turntables available in that period, excepting the high-end Luxman decks (300 & 400 series). I prefer the 838 unit - it's a simpler design, is more available and costs a lot less. If you can solder I suggest rewiring the tonearm with Cardas wire (costs less than $30); makes a big difference. More information here:

The Best of Sansui - Turntables
@Br3098: Thank you. I see pics of the SR-838 there. Quite beautiful. I think that is the one that was posted here for sale some months ago, but I did not pull the trigger. No pics of the SR-929 -- is it that rare or more expensive than the 838? What should I expect to pay for a minty example of each one today? Anything unusual in the design of either that makes them interesting or troublesome?

@stanwal: Indeed, part of the fun is keeping the Sansui brand design aesthetic together. I dig the look.
Br3098's comment about the SR-929 being a good table, and a great table for the money (and probably best in the line) is spot on (IMHO). However, I would not agree that they are the best Japanese tables of the period. I prefer the Luxman 400/500 series mentioned (vs the SR-929), but there are many other tables from other mfrs which do better than the Sansui. However, many or most of them cost more too, meaning the Sansui has it's place even now.
@BR & @T-bone: Got any pics of the SR-929? None on line it seems...What are performance differences between 838 & 929? Both are direct drive, correct? Thank you!
Here is a link to a dealer with restored vintage TT's. He has pretty good photos of both the 929 & 838.

I happen to have a vintage Sansui TT. About 30 or so years old. But it's a model I doubt anyone has ever heard of or that you could get any info on.

Hope the link helps.
The 838 and 929 are completely different decks. I prefer the 838 myself, but the 929 has a cult following; I think largely because they are somewhat rare.
@T-bone: That's some funny shite. How'd ya do that? @Musicpod: Thank you! @Br: Thank you!
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@T_bone: Hilarious. As a sometimes sophomoric smart ass myself, I say, well played sir, well played...
Maybe 30 yrs ago it was good.
@Ebm: Do you listen to vintage equipment, or are you just a wet blanket?
I had Sansui speakers when i got back from Nam in 1970 and a Thorens and AR tables these were good at the time today there is a lot better.Thanks
Sansui was not known for speakers in the 70's, it was their TOTL turntables, Amps and Receivers of that period that were, and are still very nice today.
I have loved Sansui solid state equipment for 35 years. Having said that, there is better and worse. I never got into their speakers much, too many drivers. I currently runa all black Sansui system in the den: AU 7700, TU 717, SR 838 TT. Short of tubes, this is pretty nice sounding stuff.
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