I adopted another orphan turntable today.

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I just can't resist a turntable found being neglected out in the wild. This one was on a shelf in the back of a record store, hiding behind some boxes with a taped together home made dustcover that, while functional, disguised this table for the quality piece that it is. My interest in it seemed to perk up the owner of the store, who is also a bit of a tech. So within minutes we had the thing apart cleaning it's very gunked up switches and checking everything out. It cleaned up enough that I made an offer on it, and after getting it home and oiling the ebony veneer and cleaning more crud off of it, it's singing. And boy does this thing sing!

I present to you, the Yamaha YP-D8.



For a time I believe it was the TOTL of their US consumer distribution. Certainly there would be GT-2000s and whatnot in the home market over it, and there soon came along a YP-D9 and D10 here, which are similar but taken a bit further. The plinth is solid, no hollow box here. It's a big heavy chunk of MDF with real veneer over it. The insides are laid out quite sanely, and cleanly, compared to some of the birds nests I've encountered. Everything makes sense and there's not any over complexity going on.

I have to admit, I bought this for the curiosity of it, and figured I might only end up using the headshell for the long run. But that's not going to be the case..it makes a very nice compliment to the TD-124. That table's exuberant fun contrasted with this table's polished poise. The cartridge that's going to live for now on it is an AT-33EV that I got from our own TJLitt... I'm very happy to have found a table that likes that cartridge. It's big and tonally rich yet still has some of that detail that ATs are know for. Without going overboard.

These tables don't seem to be either super rare or all that common. Certainly there aren't a ton of them out there, but you can find them. If you do find one and need a very competent DD table that won't break the bank, this one seems to fly under the radar. I think its a better table than my Sansui SR-929 and Pioneer PL-570 that it was in competition with, examples of which I have here. It's a different beast than the Thorens and it's not as put together as the Sony TTS-8000...but it's very capable, and I certainly could live with it. Considering I've paid more for some very mediocre cartridges, it was a great deal.


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I can't imagine how good the GT2000X table is, that was the home market flagship from Yamaha around this time. This thing is a flyweight compared to that, and it's still fantastic (and I'm guessing it weighs 35lbs). People rave about them and dump megabuck modern tables for them.

While I was typing this the album reached the end of a side and the arm popped up and the table shut off. What is this convenience!?
 

rewind67

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Congrats, that's a beautiful table! (Rosewood veneer?) I'm sure it sounds even better than it looks.
 

JohnVF

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The veneer is Macassar Ebony. It seems pretty resilient, too, given how dirty the rest of the table was and some dings on the controls, the veneer is pretty much intact.
 

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TubeHiFiNut;n55574 said:
Beautiful table, John. :)

You're accumulating quite a wonderful turntable collection. :)

Well, I had acquired one, then I managed to get rid of a few, and now more are coming back in. The VPI left and this and another SL-10 came in. By sheer weight, I still think I'm ahead.

I'm pretty well shocked at how good this table sounds. It has the rhythmic precision of, say, an SL-1200 but with the refinement of something much higher up the food chain. It's incredibly dynamic... not far off from my Thorens in that regard, actually. The Thorens has a bit more of a "you are there" character to it, but at the expense of some of the refinement. I was not, at all, expecting these two tables to be comparable. I just wanted to have some fun polishing up a grungy forgotten table.

I'm happy there's still some cheap-bin surprises to be had out there. Not that this is a cheap table in any way except current cost. The arm is simply fantastic. By what I can tell, this is like a baby GT-2000 with a very similar arm. A little less of everything, but still a lot of what's good.
 

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I should have taken a before photo...the teak oil I put on it did some wonders with the veneer. It had 35 years of smoker's haze on it that came off with the oil. It's still not perfect... I'm going to attempt to polish the platter tonight.
 

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The platter is now shiny! And I'm now covered in aluminum polish. It's hard to tell in photos but the difference is significant.

I think that it originally had more of a satin finish but fully polishing it was my only way of removing all the scratches and grime.
 

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Redboy;n55611 said:
Addict.









(if you need more turntables, just let me know)

My obsession is becoming over engineered Japanese stuff after getting my dream table, the Thorens 124, up and running. You don't have a Yamaha GT-2000x laying around by chance?

By the way, your passive preamp is letting everything shine incredibly. I don't think I've ever put a bigger, better, change into the system.
 

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MikeO;n55614 said:
How about one of these. Not far from Erik's place. Perhaps you could convince him to pick it up for you.

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/m...ationFlag=true

Yes that would work...though he's a bit enthusiastic with the writeup. You can import a GT-2000 for not much more than that. It's the GT-2000x that fetches the insane prices, and it was quite a bit different and bigger.

Bonus: I already have a 100v- 120v step up, for my Sony TTS-8000. I think you can switch some of these internally, however.

And yes, I've become one of those people who think there are no finer turntables ever made (within sane money reason) than the top flight home market Japanese DD monsters from the late '70s/early '80s. This Yamaha isn't one of those, but it gives a taste.
 

MikeO

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Don't forget this is Canadian Dollars so really only $1000 USD. But I agree if you really want a 2000 that is the one to go after.
 

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Well, I really want a 2000x but don't feel like spending the coin on one, so would "settle" for a 2000. That said, I'm very turntable-happy right now. I really want to figure out the Sony TTS-8000 that's sitting here. I need a better arm for it, the options I have aren't grounding correctly and need work/rewiring. The TTS-8000 is on the level of a GT-2000, I would think, if not actually superior.

I have a bunch of turntables :)
 
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