Turntable choices


Have owned a Bang & Olufsen 8002 turntable for 35 years and value highly it's tone-arm control features.  I've lost an output channel while upgrading my pre-amp from a McIntosh C32 to a McIntosh C47.  A rebuilt 8002 w/an MMC4 rebuilt cartridge is available on Ebay for $950.  My question is: do I stay with the B & O, maybe upgrading the cartridge or look at a new turntable with 35 years of new technology "under the hood"?
alaskabluesman
What do you mean "lost an output channel"? This is pretty basic stuff. Either a cartridge pin pulled out, or a phono wire somewhere lost connection. You know which channel it is. That narrows it down to like 3 feet of wire. 

If you're not going to fix it then whether a new table is better or not depends on you. Because you simply will not find the tone arm control features you highly value in any $950 table made today. Nor the B&O look. 

Only if you highly value sound quality then yes, you can do better.
I have always loved the B&O look and the convenience of not handling the tonearm.  I record many individual LP tracks and B&O control enables that process.  Yes, the loss of signal either left or right could simply be replacing 3' of wire; the first hiccup I've experienced with this turntable ever.  Maybe a sign of the times to look at a suitable replacement.  I enjoy doing the research and learning what's new out there!
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If all you did was unplug/replug the DIN/RCA cable then check that (have a spare?), and also check the new preamplifier.

You might also register here and ask for advice...

https://forum.beoworld.org/forums/

Regardless it should be a simple fix.

DeKay


I've checked the turntable with a McIntosh C32 preamp and yes I'm still only getting one channel of music so the newer C47 is OK.  Next check will be a new connector to the turntable, if I can find one.  
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/493608538/love-the-worlds-first-intelligent-turntable

Stumbled on this.    Don’t know anything more about it but interesting.  
alaskabluesman, those turntables are getting very old and they are highly mechanized. I think it is time to put them to bed. The problem is that there are very few if any modern turntables that are that animated. There is a German straight line tracker that is fully automated and it cost $200K. 
There are some turntables with an auto lift feature which is nice but you can add that to any table. There are several good lifts on the market.
Looking at the bright side it will not be hard to find a turntable that will perform better than the B+O but not for $900.00. What are you willing to spend?
SoundSmith repairs B&O.
And Peter at SoundSmith will also put on a killer “ The Voice “ cartridge. Review the detailed manual to remount/ demount arm to check continuity - good time to get / learn multi-meter. I have a TX in my vintage system and with some isolation help it’s a solid performer. 
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Wow, a fellow likes his older B&O turntable and so many of you are telling him to ditch it. If he's not comfortable repairing it I would advise to send it to a B&O specialist for a full service at this point.
What would a new table cost that could replicate it's functions and great looks? Oh yea, not happening but if they could still make it, cost would be easily between 5 to 10K. An investment to have it totally serviced by a B&O expert is a no brainer.
I happen to like vintage Japanese TT like my two arm Victor. Show me a table that can compete with it for under 5K. My total investment with a rebuilt drive is well under 1K and that includes two very nice tonearms.
@alaskabluesman, send it off to get repaired and a full service, should out last you. Don't listen to these guys unless you have VERY deep pockets. It will cost plenty to buy a better table new.

BillWojo
billwojo, there is a point in the life of every electro-mechanical device where it would be virtually  impossible to return it to a reasonable level of performance. The more complicated that device the sooner this will happen.  Alaska will have to determine whether or not his table has reached that point. Parts for that table are probably non existent at this point. Even Soundsmith can not work miracles.