Originally Posted by mcnarus
My general advice to people in your shoes is, don't do it.. If you can't afford even $200 for a table, you can't afford enough in the way of records to make it worthwhile. Or if you must, buy a cheapo unit at a thrift shop, and buy your records there, too. Buying new vinyl at those prices is foolish.
If you had a set of records already that you wanted to hear again, I'd suggest stretching your budget a bit to an AT120. At least that will treat your records more kindly.
I recently purchased a new Music Hall MMF 2.2LE. But it is an investment for sure. And what I've got is not considered a high end TT but rather a very good entry level model.
I agree that if you can't afford at least $200 to $300, it may not be worthwhile. Playing vinyl records costs bucks now days as the supply is limited and the cost is not cheap for quality vinyl records. Plus, you must take special care of vinyl if you want them to last and remain in excellent/good condition. It is what it is......a niche market. We are in the digital age and the old days are not returning.
But having said that, I am very pleased to see the growing interest in vinyl records after all these years. There are countless articles online that support the growing popularity of vinyl while the demand for CDs is continuing to decline with so many people effortlessly downloading music. I would find it hilarious (and pleasing) if we ever reach the point where the sales of vinyl overtake CDs!