Originally Posted by darrelsilva
Hi mark i see you online now. We have a garage sale and i see 2 TTables there. Pl tell me in your opinion if any one of these are of any good.
JVC JL A20
Technics SL B2
Fortunately, Alpha-Niner chimed in, because he can answer that better than I can. I've had a very good turntable
since the early eighties (I now have four of them), so i haven't been following turntables much since. I knew a lot about them back in the 70s.
But if you are looking for a vintage table, you can get an awful lot of bang for your Australian buck. You just need to be a little more careful, as there won't be a very good warranty. Here are some general thoughts:
Like A9X-308, I would look for a direct-drive. Although many people today prefer belt-drive, the good
direct-drives of the pre-CD days were better than anything made since. However, the bad
direct-drives were worse than any belt-drive. The trick is to pick one that is north of the belt, and not south.
Cartridges have improved, so you may want to upgrade the cartridge on whatever you get. If you determine that the cartridge is fine, you still want to replace the stylus, as A pointed out.
Technics is a good brand, as is Dual, Gerrard and Sansui (and others I can't remember). But don't judge by brand alone. Sansui made some of the greatest turntables, but also made some of the worst.
Be partial toward ones that have a strobe, as that is how you can tell if it is still working correctly. If the table cannot "lock" onto 33 1/3 rpm, pass it up. It will likely be expensive to fix.
Look online for good pictures of anything you are considering, and compare to be sure nothing is missing. One of my Sansui TTs came missing a little nylon cord, which rendered the anti-skate inoperable. The fact that it was missing was clearly visible, but I wasn't paying attention.
Be prepared to check the cartridge alignment, and to adjust it if need be. You can download alignment protractors from VinylEngine
I will post more if I think of anything else.