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gatorjon
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Turntable Question

I was given a turntable by my elderly neighbor who was about to throw it away. It looks brand new but she said it was purchase in the late 70's. It is a Dual 731Q. I have done some research online but information/reviews on this table seem to be limited. Can you guys enlighten me as to its quality? I know it needs a new cartridge so any info about a replacement would be especially helpful. 

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While you wil get competent responses here, there is a wealth of

knowledge about Dual turntables over at the Vinyl Engine:http://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewforum.php?f=37&sid=1da4b2b238e614a03f2affaf2f9c66cf There are owner's manuals/instructions and service manuals here: http://www.vinylengine.com/library/dual/cs-731q.shtml Here is more info: http://dual-reference.com/tables/CS731Q.htm Looks like a nice vintage unit.

It may only need a replacement stylus which would save you a bit. Make and model and I could find you one. Otherwise if you are interested in a new cartridge, there are a plethora of mid-compliance cartridges that would work. Price range?

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DUAL

I owned several Dual turntables over the years, and they were all very mediocre-sounding.

I finally purchased a Harmon-Kardon turntable, which was much better, and kept it for over 20 years, until it developed a bearing problem.

I replaced it with a Music Hall MMF-2.2 turntable, which is excellent.

The turntable you have probably has excessive wear on the bearings and arm pivot, and it was not very good when it was new.

A good-quality modern turntable would be a good investment.

If you don't want to spend the money for a new turntable, I suggest that you call either Music Direct or Needle Doctor and get advice on the appropriate cartridge to match the arm type on the Dual.

 

I was given a turntable by my elderly neighbor who was about to throw it away. It looks brand new but she said it was purchase in the late 70's. It is a Dual 731Q. I have done some research online but information/reviews on this table seem to be limited. Can you guys enlighten me as to its quality? I know it needs a new cartridge so any info about a replacement would be especially helpful. 

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