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Scrumpymanjack
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$700 turntable - vintage or new, that is the question.

Hi,

Newbie here. Really enjoying the content and expertise here. So a big thanks to all of you.

I am in the market for a turntable. Budget about $700 though I don't necessarily want to go that high.

I was looking at a vintage Michell Focus One recently with Michell unipivot arm. It fits well within my budget and, visually, I LOVE it. But that's the problem. Obviously, looks should only be a small part of the decision so I'm looking for some solid objectivity/cool-headed thinking from you to guide me properly.

Am I simply better going with a new turntable like a Rega Planar 1 or a Pro-ject or should I continue to explore the vintage market - and, if so, what should I be looking for beyond the Michell?

Any and all advice on this very gratefully received. Thanks.

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Anyone....please?

Anyone....please?

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In my humble opinion

If you have the $$$ buying new “should’’ be the lesser headache if something goes wrong in terms of warranty, parts etc. I have a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Espirit in Gloss Red with an Ortofon Blue (standard comes with a red but I wore that one out over time) and I love it. Looks great and plays even better. It’s sub $600. I’m sure there are better out there but I’m quite happy.

On the other hand, a true vintage TT is a beauty to look at like Thorens, Empire etc...but I still feel that the parts of today’s models make a quieter, more efficient TT.

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Thanks...

Appreciate the advice. I have heard that the Pro-ject TTs are great.

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