Thoughts on an Inexpensive Turntable for A Second System

jeffrey_t

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I'm looking to add a turntable to my living room mid-century modern system that is based around a pair of Bose 901's. This system is used for background music and for when people (non-audiophiles) visit. The table needs to be $2000 or less and have a mid-century look to please the wife. Here's what I'm thinking:
  1. Linn LP12
  2. Empire Turntable
  3. Thorens 125 or equivalent.
The question for WBF members is are there any other classic vintage tables I should look at? I don't care if the table is belt or direct, it just needs to perform well and look cool.

Thanks!
 

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I'm looking to add a turntable to my living room mid-century modern system that is based around a pair of Bose 901's. This system is used for background music and for when people (non-audiophiles) visit. The table needs to be $2000 or less and have a mid-century look to please the wife. Here's what I'm thinking:
  1. Linn LP12
  2. Empire Turntable
  3. Thorens 125 or equivalent.
The question for WBF members is are there any other classic vintage tables I should look at? I don't care if the table is belt or direct, it just needs to perform well and look cool.

Thanks!

Lenco ptp? http://www.ptpaudio.com
 
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Mitchell Gyrodec and Oracle MK III,now there is VII,sound well,better Oracle
But look very nice both
 

hogen

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Mitchell Gyrodec and Oracle MK III,now there is VII,sound well,better Oracle
But look very nice both

I also very much like the Michell Gyrodec, I think it punches high above its price.
 

gian60

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Price list in Italy of Gyrodec is 3.670€
Included 22% Italian VAT
I can have from distributor friend new with 30-40%discount
Some used can find cheaper
Need to add a tonearm and a cartridge
But look is very good and wife and friends sure will like a lot
 
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jeffrey_t

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Price list in Italy of Gyrodec is 3.670€
Included 22% Italian VAT
I can have from distributor friend new with 30-40%discount
Some used can find cheaper
Need to add a tonearm and a cartridge
But look is very good and wife and friends sure will like a lot
Great suggestion, I can't believe I forget about this turntable.
 

hogen

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gian60

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Gyro SE
Is cheaper,in Italy cost 2.810€
If you want I put you on contact with my distributor friend
 

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Thumbs up for Michell. Honest, no frills engineering, excellent vfm. I ran the Orbe for 14 years, and it never put a foot wrong. Additionally, responded very well to modding.
 
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dminches

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You should get a Denon DP-59L. Great direct drive turntable for the money.
 
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Mike Lavigne

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Skyfi looks like it offers a number of high value tt/arm choices. more than your target, but in the neighborhood.

https://skyfiaudio.com/collections/vintage-tables

at least someone has gone through these and checked them over. so less likely to get stuck. you might stumble into a better choice, but also might stumble into a worse choice.
 
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Bob Heinatz

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I have a really nice Vinyl Nirvana Thorens 125 mk2 in great shape that would look really nice in your 2nd system. It's not being used and is drilled for a SME arm. Let me know if you are interested.
 
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Empire 208

To my eyes looks nice. Iater if you can't help yourself @Atmasphere has modded them to a higher level :)
 

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Or a Fairchild perhaps? 412 is in the price range...

A fairchild 750 is above the price range by a quite a margin but what a cool deck!
 

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Jeff, get one of these.

I'm doing exactly what you're doing, but maybe slower. I have a Thorens I bought a plinth for from Europe that's very pretty and I'm doing it up nice.

Skip the Bose. Get some Dyanco A25's. They're meant to hug the wall and they... don't suck. Then just need a good tube receiver. We'll be easy listening retro pals at some point. :)
 

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jeffrey_t

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Looks vintage to me, just like the Thorens

 
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