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Building a system using our older tech; what to look for

I am interested in building a system with older turntables, speakers, amplifiers etc.

I would like to know what I should look for and be aware of.

There are several mom-and-pop shops in my town with lots of stuff to build off of with tons of records and I the idea caught my interest.

I am familiar with the basics surrounding turntables, speeds, and cartridges but that may just be it.

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Some of the pre-1980 Fisher stereo receivers are really very good; that might be a place to start.

If you really want to get an old turntable, prepare for a lot of problems and expensive repairs (IF the parts are even avilable). Old turntables are usually worn out. Thorens is one of the few companies that is still in busines and can supply parts. I suggest a new turntable.

Thorens has new models from $200 to $5000 and up. You would be better off getting a new one unless you are already very knowledgeable about turntable and arm types and setting one up correctly. Music Direct and Needle Doctor are good places to look for turntables.

In the past 20 years, there has been a revolution in speaker design, and new speakers are generally better in every way, for any given price point. That is not to say that there are not some older quality speakers out there that could be a good value, but you had better do some very thorough research before buying them. You also want to inspect them physically to check for deterioration of the drivers. Replacement parts for speakers are often not available either.

 

 

 

 

 

Cl8baller wrote:

I am interested in building a system with older turntables, speakers, amplifiers etc.

I would like to know what I should look for and be aware of.

There are several mom-and-pop shops in my town with lots of stuff to build off of with tons of records and I the idea caught my interest.

I am familiar with the basics surrounding turntables, speeds, and cartridges but that may just be it.

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