Vintage Technics Turntables

JohnVF

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I've got a line on one with 50 hours, but it's going for $350. Not sure if it's worth it...
That's pretty steep for a cart that old. I got mine new...but a few decades after it was made. My local store had a bunch of them that had been in the bottom of a drawer for about 15 or more years and after me mentioning I hadn't tried LOMC the manager, who I was friendly with, sold me one for cheap. A couple of years ago I went back and inquired about the others but they said they think they threw them out in a big clean up they did :( I still have the body for it, so might send it to VAS. It sounded a whole lot like my Ortofon, at least to my ears. Has a similar stylus profile and material.
 
I bought a beat-up one, liked it so much that I bought one in much better condition and combined them into one unit with the best of the parts of both, though the leftovers still left a functional if ugly table. With some plastic polish it ended up looking and seemingly performing as-new. They were pretty pricey for a bit but have come down. I don't recall what my tables sold at, as a friend handled the sale in my massive sell-off. I think they sold together for around $500, 310mc included though it needed retipped. If I had the angled mounts for it I might have kept it.

OH, actually...I remember why I sold it now. I broke the Azden LOMC p-mount that sounded FANTASTIC on it. I really under the radar cart, extremely good sounding (the closest cart I had to my current Ortofon Cadenza...it was that good). I broke it on my #)$*#)(*@#)*!@ VPI and its O$#)$)#@*)@#*)@ unipivot disaster of an arm. It would adapt to either standard or pmount.

There's also the big linear table, the SL-m3. That's the one I really wanted.
That was smart! The first SL-10 I got locally a number of years ago for $150, if I remember correctly. I enjoyed it a lot, though in hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea to use the 310MC cartridge without having it inspected first. I thought it sounded good at the time, but it very well could have needed a retip. I ended up selling the table and the cartridge on eBay for about $400 after about a year, when I decided to get out of analog. Once I started getting back into analog in 2018, I regretted having sold it. Very soon after, I found one locally on OfferUp for $100, complete with 310MC cartridge once again (which I recently had retipped). This one is in nicer cosmetic condition than my first one, to boot. I may pick up the SH-B10 stands for it at some point, it looks like they pop up in Japan for around $200 in average condition.

I would love to have an SL-M3. I remember about a year ago one in mint condition sold on AK for $700 or so, which was an amazing deal.
 

Mike Gibson

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You can look up almost every model they made here. It's a really informative site. I've had a few of them over the years and enjoyed them all. My favorite was the SL-M2. Good luck with your search.

Mike

 

BillWojo

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I have an SL-M3 and it is a very cool TT. Typical of these it has some chips and loose vernier on the plinth. Why they used plastic vernier instead of the real thing on a top of the line TT is baffling to me.

BillWojo
 

JohnVF

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I have an SL-M3 and it is a very cool TT. Typical of these it has some chips and loose vernier on the plinth. Why they used plastic vernier instead of the real thing on a top of the line TT is baffling to me.

BillWojo
It’s the same with my TOTL Mitsubishi/Diatone LT-30. Was there a shortage of wood in 1979?
 

Mike Gibson

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The one thing that bothers me about Technics tables is that most of their better midrange tables take P-mount cartridges. Since P-mount never went over the sources for good P-mount carts have all but dried up.

John, I think maybe they thought plastic was better looking than wood. That's the one thing about my LT-30 I don't like. At least the LT-5V has plastic that looks like plastic. :)
 
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