I adopted another orphan turntable today.

JohnVF

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BTW, I think polishing platters could get addictive. This is my first attempt, using this foam ball thing I attached to a drill with metal polish after sanding down the worst imperfections. The transformation was immediate and really easy to arrive at.
 

JP

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JohnVF;n55612 said:
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?

Be very, very careful; it's a rather slippery slope.

I dont have a 2000X laying around, but I know someone that does. Let me know if you want me to inquire.
 

JohnVF

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JP;n55638 said:
Be very, very careful; it's a rather slippery slope.

I dont have a 2000X laying around, but I know someone that does. Let me know if you want me to inquire.

A 2000x and not just a regular 'ol 2000? Just laying around? I don't think I could swing whatever they'd want for it, at least not right now. It's more of a "someday" kind of thing. But what a table.
 

JP

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Yep, an X. Right next to the '07D, SL-1000 MKII, DP-100, AP-M1, and a few others sitting around.
 

JohnVF

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Holy crap.

An AP-M1? See, now you all have some good taste in turntables. I just bought this because I felt sorry for it...and was pleasantly surprised but.. daaaang......
 

JP

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It's an impressive beast. Damn heavy. But belts aren't my thing.

I like you Yamaha John - very nice looking design.
 

JohnVF

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JP;n55646 said:
It's an impressive beast. Damn heavy. But belts aren't my thing.

I like you Yamaha John - very nice looking design.

Belts aren't really my thing (anymore) either.. but that's one I'd make an exception for.

Honestly, this table sounds as good as my VPI Classic did and is much easier to match carts to. So far, they've all been ok with it. Very few things liked that *&#(* unipivot on the VPI. That's more a comment on the VPI than this being some giant killer. The common perception of "giant" isn't really my idea of what a giant is.
 

JohnVF

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This table has simply been a pleasure to use. I have a couple of it's upper-tier-70's-mass-market contemporaries around here and none of them have won me over like this one. I can see where some cost was cut in comparison to something like my big Sony TTS-8000, but that's understandable. That's limited to the arm lift and speed control buttons, which are a bit plasticy, and the cheap looking feet. They're functional but I might hotrod this thing a bit with something more substantial and better looking underneath it.
 

TJLitt

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amazing looking turntable, and I'm so glad to see the AT-33ev found a suitable home. Great photos!!
 

marantzfan

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That sure is a handsome table. You know, this is probably the most overlooked genre or quality tables left at a reasonable price are the top tier (but not statement piece) direct drive decks.

I've found a similar happiness with the Kenwood KD-750, but I would imagine that many of these decks regardless of manufacturer are quite impressive.
 

HypnoToad

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Fantastic find, I used to go to a small HiFi Boutique where the door was locked and he would only let you in once he saw who you were, he had the same YP-D8 fitted with a "new" (they had just been released) Denon DL-103S. He had it connected via the Denon SUT to a HK Citation and driving some Janszen Z-30's, after listening to the sublime sound for a whole side of an album, he knew I couldn't afford such an outfit, worth more than a new car then. He told me Yamaha TT's "loved" MC carts and he had tried plenty (he had Rega's, Linn's, Thorens) and dollar for dollar the YP-D8 couldn't be beat.
 

prime minister

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marantzfan;n55932 said:
That sure is a handsome table. You know, this is probably the most overlooked genre or quality tables left at a reasonable price are the top tier (but not statement piece) direct drive decks.

I've found a similar happiness with the Kenwood KD-750, but I would imagine that many of these decks regardless of manufacturer are quite impressive.

I'll say something that will likely cause me to lose my audiophile club card, but I really do believe the last totl decks from Japan, just before CD hit, were about the best every made. The level of engineering in them is simply beyond belief. It seems that every great invention in that gets touted now in turntable circles, actually was discovered in Japan at that time. Magnetic bearings, ceramic platters, even Regas light and stiff approach that seems so controversial.
 
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