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Though there is a small downside GL69 so it is a steel platter so MC carts are not a good idea. Running it with a Grado, sounds really good. No hum which is unusual with Grado carts and no platter ringing due to my clever applied doping . Solid music as with all better rim drives, they do have a musical way with them.
I saw that one and did think about buying it as it was cheap but I didn't have a clue if any good or not, mind you I'm trying to avoid buying extra kit so I left it.Dr Bunsen Honeydew wrote: ↑Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:11 pmMy problem is I keep finding special things that are under the radar, or silly cheap. And I get the L68 up and running and I spot this on ebay - I simply have to have it as I have the perfect NEAT arm for it, so it can be my sleeper for the winter. This is the late 50's / early 60's Japanese version of the Garrard 301. Anyway couple of pics.
Be nice to see it once set up.
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In my case as a child, I grew up with the Collaro Conquest changer with its simple but very novel mechanism. I was presented with old BSR autochangers out of mostly junked record players, taking them apart and finding out how they work, how the production engineering was done (these things and the finer Garrard equivalents were churned out by the tens of thousands back then and yet they're not total cack by any means, as the eternal Garrard SP25 was basically a posh single play 'Autoslim' with fancier looking tonearm as was the BSR MP60 [P128?] which was based on the auto line they made in the late 60's). Then to discover how seriously good a better ceramic cartridge can be once loaded up (definitely some great sonic points amongst the high surface noise in the better ones). If like me, you then graduate to the better large format Garrard decks (the Zero 100 is one of the best known using this chassis) and then to say, the Pioneer PL12-AC that the Doc had not long ago, to learn about belt drives. I then had my first Lenco, a well cared for GL75 and with tonearm V blocks sorted, I still feel it sounds great even before you carve one up and fit some third party tonearm - all too easy to rip the original arm off, even if its serviceable and modern cartridges can actually work well in one - I'd also like to see how good or bad a stock GL72 can be with something better fitted than the ubiquitous Goldring G850 which many had as standard...
It was some time before I was let loose on a Thorens 150/160, let alone SME arms and the LP12, together with the better direct drives around and about and my beloved Duals, but I felt I had some grounding first...
It's easy to dive in with little experience to a top line deck from forty odd years ago, stick a fancy metal mat on it and get fellow forum posters cooing in envy and amazement, but quite another to find something unlikely that can perform way above its original humble station with a little work, knowledge and experience applied - and far more fun too ime...
Most hobbyist will not get to guru status and you really don't need to, they are sad people really with obviously nothing better to do but it is infectious and men must have a hobby. For most people it is enough to have good ears and good music.
Not sure where that puts me. Never will be a guru and don't want to be.