Marantz TT 15s1
VPI Scout (this one stays!)
Much fun over the years 🤔
1980-1983: Garrard SP-25/Shure
1983-1990: Ariston RD-40/Linn Basik LVV/Nagoka MP-11
1990-1996: Michell Gyrodec/Rega RB-300/Lyra Lydian
1997-2008: Michell Orbe/SME-IV/Lyra Atlas
2008-2016: EAR DiscMaster/TriPlanar/VII/AirTight PC1/SME-IV/Lyra Dorian Mono
2016-date: EAR DIscMaster/Durand Kairos/Acoustical Systems Palladian/Durand Talea/Miyajima Zero Mono
I had some type of Garrard turntable, tube amp integrated back in early mid 70's.
Some sort of CEC Japanese turntable
Pioneer pl 10
My father bought me a Pioneer pl 512 for Xmas in 1978.
Well Tempered Record Player
Highly modded Thorens TD 166
2 Highly modded Thorens TD 150's
Highly modded Thorens TD 850
Highly modded VPI HW 19 mkiii
A few more that I forgot.
Gosh, back in the days (70s and 80s) I can only remember brands--couple of Sonys (including one where the plinth/platter/arrm were in a motorized drawer, BIC, Kenwood.
When I got serious about vinyl (late 90s), this has been the lineup:
ProJect (can't recall the model but it was in their early years and was a sprung design).
Wilson-Benesch Circle w/ACT 0.5 Arm
Currently, an Avid Volvere to SME IV, Dynavector 20x2L and Avid Pellar.
1981 - bought Rega planar II
Over the years I applied one tweak after another
Now I have this...
The only original part still left is the cover
Wouldn’t trade it for the world - it is superb :-)
I also would NOT repeat that same "exercise" if I had the time over again...
- I’d buy a VPI
Or maybe one of those cute little tables from U-Turn - very nice
WOW....I would say Pioneer, Yamaha, Sony, Denon, B&O, Thornes back in the Seventies. Fast forward to 2011 (when I started spinning again) and Ive been through a Rega P3/24 (groovetracer reference upgrades) A re wired (morrow audio) Thornes TD160, a Project Xtension 10. My last table is now and will be with me forever.....A JA Michell Gyro SE w/Gen 3 Techno arm and Dynavector 20x2L. So after everything, I stayed with a classic 80’s design. it was a enjoyable progression for sure. And quite a learning experience.
1979 - Linn LP12 ( sold stereo in 1985 to pay for college expenses )
2005 - VP! 19Jr.
2007 - Nottingham Spacedeck
2009 - Nottingham Spacedeck heavy kit, Wave mechanic and custom SRA base added as well as Benz SLR Gullwing cart.
2013 - Sold entire collection of LP's and all analog gear as tired of the shear amount of stuff I had. Continuing to downsize but now only digital with MSB Analog DAC, Transport direct into amp.
All said and done, LP's on a great well set up turntable and cart are really the best sounding, but at a cost of stuff.
This is just off of the top of my head - I am pretty sure I have had other tables over the years.
1986 - vintage Audio Technica (inherited from my father)
1988 - JVC direct drive (high school table)
1998 - Oracle Delphi Mk II plus various upgrades (first real high end table)
1999 - Goldmund Studio (still a great table)
2000 - Verdier La Platine (finicky, but magical)
2008 - SME 20/a (bullet proof and high resolution)
2014 - SME 30/2 (best I've owned)
I like this Goldmund/Verdier/SME sequence. Where would you go to next?
For me it's been Nottingham Spacedeck/Spacearm for the last seven years. Some junk before that. I will never sell the Spacedeck even if one day I upgrade it. I could give it away to someone special though, theoretically speaking. But any real upgrade would put me in $10k category, so not going to happen any time soon, that's for sure.
@terry9 what I like about Joel’s tonearms is their design and precision in adjustability. They do take some time to get familiar with and must be mounted with precision (like any tonearm) but once in place are supremely controlled, accurate but also musical across the full frequency spectrum. I previously owned SME and TriPlanar arms and the two Durands easily outperform them, especially in terms of control at frequency extremes. Joel is also a great person, I place high value in being able to deal directly with the designer to help you get the most out of your equipment
I started with a Dual I believe it was a CS 5000 or similar all wood plinth table with rounded edges,
from there it was a series of Oracle Delphi's I think I had 3-4 mk1over the years and a Mk4 the most resent last year.
I recently build a Garrard 301 system with a custom plinth and a Jelco 12" arm and a VdH MC10 low out put MC cart and i'm very happy.
You can see pics on my profile
1971-1975: BSR 310 and Shure M
1975-1977: BIC 980 and Grace F8E
1977-1980: B&O Beogram 2402 and MM10
June 1980: Sansui PD31 and Empire
1980-1981: Revox B790 and Empire
1981-1985: Rega Planar 2 and Ortofon OM10, then Dynavector 23 Ruby
1985-now: Sota Sapphire, Magnepan Unitrac and DV 23 MR, upgraded to Graham Phantom Supreme and DV XX2 Mk II.
1980-1990--B&O Linear Tracker
1994-1997--VPI TNT MkII--Graham 1.5t
1998-2001--Basis 2500--Graham 2.0
2001-2002--Rockport Sirius II
2002-2011--Rockport Sirius III
2008-2009--Grand Prix Audio Monaco
Dobbins Technics SP-10 Mk2
Dobbins Technics SP-10 Mk3
Dobbins Garrard 301
2010-2011--Dobbins The Beat
2011-present--Wave Kinetics NVS
lots of arms and cartridges over the years (Triplaner, Reed (3), Dynavector, Schroeder and Durand (2 besides the Telos) come to mind), my current arms are two Durand Telos tone arms; one a standard 12" Telos with composite arm wand, and the other is the 12" Telos Sapphire. my current cartridges are the Ortofon Anna MC, the Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, and the Miyajima Labs Premium Be Mono.
The ones I recall from around '86 to present:
Sota Sapphire/Sumiko FT3
Sota Star Sapphire/Eminent Tech ET-2 > Well Tempered arm
Sota Cosmos/SME IV
Versa Dynamics 1.0
Oracle Delphi II/Well Tempered arm
Well tempered Classic (table & arm)
Systemdek IIX/Well Tempered arm
Well Tempered Record Player (entry level model)
Townshend Rock 7/RB300
VPI Classic II
VPI TNT Mk V w/ JWM 10.5 > Graham 2.2 > Graham Phantom
Oracle Delphi Mk V/ Triplanar Mk VI
Versa Dynamics 2.0
VPI HW19 Mk IV (TNT Mk V platter) w/ Rockport 6000 'arm
Thanks very much for the note. Much of what you value in the Durand, I find that I value in my more humble TransFi: adjustability and dedication of the owner. Of course, in jewel-box workmanship, there is absolutely no contest.
I find that as little as 10 minutes of azimuth arc can strongly affect sound, and the TransFi will allow about 5, maybe 4. How about the Durand? It would be wonderful to be able to do that on-the-fly.
@terry9 agree with you entirely on Azimuth -- check here (http://www.durand-tonearms.com/Support/Support/azimuth.html) for lots of advice on how to set it. Anyway all Durand tonearms feature precise mechanisms for adjusting azimuth on the fly. In the original Talea via the influence of two magnets pulling on either side of the arm -- this complex system was simplified in the Kairos to an outrigger type arrangement with adjustable weight to ensure minimal contact, the whole outrigger platform is then raised or lowered to adjust azimuth which works a treat.
Dual table with, I think, a number two slide in cartridge in the 1980s.
By about 1990 bought a Rega Panar 2. Nagoka MP-11 boron cartridge. Had the opportunity to upgrade so I bought a lRega Planar 3 with a Rega Exact cartridge. The yellow one.
Then went to a 25th anniversary Linn LP12 so I guess that was about 17 years ago. Lingo, Ekos. I use the exact at first then a Benz Ruby then an Akiva cartridge.
I recently did that core upgrade which was pretty good and the radical upgrade which was awesome. And I'm using a Lyra Skala cartridge now. I don't know how long will this stuff will last but I'm pretty well done. I love the sound of this.
Acoustic Research (original)
Thorens TD-125 Mk.II with SME Series 2 Improved arm
Technics SL 1500
Acoustic Research (original) modified to accept Mayware Formula 4 arm
VPI HW-19 (original) with Rega RB300 arm
VPI HW-19 (original but with Mk.2 platter) with Well-Tempered Labs Black arm with Lary Pederson mod
Townshend Audio Rock Elite wth Rega RB300
Townshend Audio Rock Elite with Zeta arm
VPI HW-19 Mk.2 (acrylic plinth) with Helius Omega arm
Early high school age: My father's old idler wheel Rek-O-Kut built into a cabinet, with Audax arm and GE mono cart.
1976 - Technics entry level manual belt drive 'table with Stanton 500E cart.
1984 - one year out of college, big purchase for me then (I was not going to re-buy all my LPs as CDs, and I figured turntables would soon dissapear - ;-), a Thorens TD-166MkII with a second arm wand. Still own & use it today, but was modded in 2010 (new footers, damping, and leads), with Ortofon OM-30 Super and Denon DL-160 carts.
Saburo- Very interesting evolution there. I would be especially interested to hear about Oracle, Linn, and Immedia RPM. Anyway, here's mine:
Basis 2000/Graham 2.0
Basis 2001/Graham 2.0
Basis 2500/Graham 2.2
Basis 2500/ Went to Basis Vector III
WTL Amadeus GTA 2014-Present
WTL Amadeus (yes- my 2nd time around) new purchase
I started with ''the best ever'' LP 12 and used with the wrong tonearm
(FR-64 S) for about 10 years. Then moved to P.Lurnes Audiomeca
J1 which was a kind of ''liberation'' from kneeling under the LP 12
for spring adjustments. Then got a ''better Audiomeca'' namely
Kuzma Stabi Reference and added SP 10, mk2 as participant
in the DD contra-revolution. So in comparison with my carts
collection very modest TT 's number.
SOTA Star Sapphire III with vacuum
Nottingham Analog Hyperspace
Technics SP10 Mk2
Technics SP10 Mk3
This is very rough chronological order since 1970. The last 5 on the list are still in my possession, up and running. None of them is bone stock (especially my very highly modified Lenco) in terms of plinths or accessories. Lenco, Victor, Kenwood, and Mk3 in play most often.
As you might guess, until the turn of this century, I was pretty faithful to one turntable or another for long periods of time. The internet has ruined me.
1980-1990 Ariston RD40
1993-2002 Oracle Delphi mk3
2002-present Nakamichi TX-1000 (highly tweaked up)
2017- present Techdas Air Force 3
2nd System from 2002- present
VPI HW mk3
VPI HW mk4
Oracle Delphi mk5
Technics SL1200mk5 (upgraded to the nth degree)
Thorens TD124 (fully restored)
TW-Acustic Raven one
The last 6 turntables listed above are still in my second system. The Garrard 301 waiting to be properly restored. Many other tables not listed here have come and gone in my second system and forgotten. Have many arms and cartridges to play with.
In chronological order:
1971-75 AR XA*
75-77 Philips GA212
77-82 Connoisseur BD-1 with Grace G707 tonearm*
82-present Dual CS5000*
2015 Pro-Ject Carbon DC
current (* still own an AR XA and BD-1/707 as well as the CS5000)
Vinyl Nirvana-modified Thorens TD160 Super reproduction with SME M2-9 tonearm
Technics SL1200 MKII with SME Type 2 Improved tonearm
Dual 1219 rebuilt by FixMyDual
Thorens TD160 Super with SME M2-9 tonearm
@fjn04 no evolution here I skipped around a lot. I love turntables/vinyl! and have 2-3 'tables setup at any given time. Nothing to add re Oracles and Linns that hasn't been written about, both are capable of delivering the goods. I'm a huge admirer of Allen Perkins' 'tables I owned two RPM2 set ups, they were fabulous sounding and a easy to set up, his jig for cartridge alignment is ingenious