This past weekend I purchased roughly 2K records with 3 different sizes and thicknesses (some of them are MUCH thicker than others) from a 93 year old man who used to be a disc jockey at a radio station when he was younger for an unbelievable price of 5 bucks. He said he had no use for money anymore and wanted to see them go to a good home. He told me he had trashed all of his sound equipment years ago as it was in disrepair, but had kept the records in hopes that someone might get enjoyment out of them.
I had been looking into vinyl for a while now and have been lurking on this forum among many others to find the best advice that I can. The reality is that I have nearly no experience with sound systems let alone vinyl records and am deferring to all of you for advice.
This brings me to my real question. What advice for equipment would you give for someone starting out? I am flexible on my budget a bit, but I am certainly not financially capable of purchasing much more than entry level equipment across the board.
Items I have read good reviews about if there are better things for the money out there or other things you would advise, please let me know.
TT: this is the item which scares me the most as many people talk about modding and types of cartriges
Rega RP1 - though it sounds like there are no real ways to upgrade. What else is out there?
Monitor Audio Bronze BX2
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1
preamp: I love the exposed looking tube preamps, but have yet to see any that would be near my pricepoints advice?
wiring or anything else I am forgetting: ?
Sadly there are no audio stores even remotely close to where I live so unless I find one, this is not an option for me listen to it before buying. I dont mind going used if that would benefit keeping thr price low. Since I am new to all of this, the only worry about buying used it that if something goes wrong or is wrong with a used component, it may be near impossible for me to fix it.
Finally, if there are place that I could be pointed to in order to read up on all of this more, I would be happy to. I am sure as in all forums, newbie questions become repetative after a while and I by no means want to waste any of your times.
Just looking for honest advice and thanks to all who is willing to help yet another novice.