I have a stack of records stored nicely in my parents closet. When I was a teenager, I obtained a cheap RadioShack linear tracking turntable, and a regular Sony model that I don't remember. I haven't been using either because they're both rather cheap. I've been waiting to someday buy myself an entry-level audiophile deck to start spinning my vinyl.
My fiance knows this, but not much else. So she tried real hard, and bought me a turntable for Christmas. On eBay. It's a Fisher MT-730 linear tracking deck. This one:
Is anybody familiar with this deck? I'm not sure it's even close to what I'm wanting... I've been studying up on the Music Hall 2.1, and the 5, and also the Goldring GR1.2, at this site:
In the $300-$500 price range, what is your opinion of my predicament? Is this MT-730 worth working with, or should I try to re-sell it and use the money for something else?
I've also been captivated by the Bang & Olufsen stuff in the old 3000-4000 series'. There's a few Beogram linear tracking decks on eBay for decent prices - but will this compare at all to the MH and Goldring decks I'm shopping for?
Basically, I want a deck that (if used properly) won't go biffing up my records, and that will sound pretty darn good for an "entry level audiophile" deck. I like the idea of linear tracking, but most of my studying has lead me to believe that it isn't worth having until you hit the $1000+ price range. Are the B&O's in this category? The Fisher MT-730?
Or, are all the decks I'm talking about not good, and is there something else I should be checking out?
Any and all input is greatly appreciated. I really want to honor my girl's intentions, but I don't want to keep this Fisher deck if it's junk compared to the other tables I'm interested in. Thanks alot!