Originally Posted by J.Mike Ferrara
I'm a big vinyl fan. Close to 1000 records that are in excellent shape, some are collector's items. 30 years ago I invested in state of the art audio components, including an Apt Holman preamp and a Revox turntable with an Otofon cartridge. I still have both, but had become more critical of the issues with the Revox's sound, including rumble and a dullness to the sound. I've been thinking about replacing the cartridge, but mounting it is a big challenge. I auditioned the Rega PR3 and fell in love, so I got one. Wow! It's like I'm rediscovering the special qualities of vinyl all over again. The Rega is easy to set up, and although it's all manual, the sound is awesome-organic, balanced and uber quiet.
Of course, the Revox is a mechanical marvel, and for someone who is willing to spend a lot of time selecting and installing a compatible cartridge, it's a great turntable. I plan on selling it via Audiogon. Also, the Apt has a best in class phono preamp that allows for precise tweaking of channel balance and load.
I feel the Rega RP3 is an excellent value and I highly recommend it.
I have a Project Carbon and like it very much after a few tweaks I detailed on a thread in this section to eliminate hum.
It replaced my Revox 795 Linear Tracking TT which I had since the 80's...that TT always ran Ortofon MC cartridges and I loved it till it failed.
Bought the Project Carbon to replace it and couldn't be happier though I loved the Revox.
Got back into using my TT as I have just about completely finished ripping my old vinyl to WAV digital using the DAK system. Now I can hear all that old great music at home or in my car with iTunes.
Found a guy in the Southeast (Tennessee?) that fixes Revox's and he repaired the damping mechanism that had failed due to the damping fluid turning into mush over the years...to the point where the TT wouldn't hold a correct tracking force.
I have all the mounting guides needed to setup a Revox so I bought a Shure 95 for it and gave it to my daughter who is HUGE into vinyl because many of the modern bands she likes specialize in putting out their music in the vinyl format...thought they also release it in digital.
They were using a manual TT before and fell in love with the ease of use of the Revox, (it really is a dream to use), and mothballed their manual TT.
Love my manual Project Carbon TT and she loves her fully automatic Revox so a win win.