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I was thinking about getting into vinyl and wanted to know what would do I consider for under $200 for one, used or new?


What are the important factors for upgrading/improving one if I got a used one?
 

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This is just my opinion, but if you have to ask this question, you probably shouldn't be buying a used turntable. And you can't buy anything decent new for that price.


kabusa.com sells refurbed Technics SL20BD tables for $200 that have been thoroughly gone over and fixed up by a true turntable maven. In your price range, that's the only thing I can recommend.
 

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If you can buy a Technics SL20BD refurbed for $200, grab it.  Strong, durable, decent sounding turn table.

Been running mine since about 1975.  Refurbed once.
 

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One thing I recall is a low mass tonearm is best.
What you are recalling is an old audiophile myth. The truth is more complex than this. These days, truly low-mass tonearms are pretty rare outside the high-end stratosphere.
 

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If you can buy a Technics SL20BD refurbed for $200, grab it. Strong, durable, decent sounding turn table.

Been running mine since about 1975.
Check the model number. I don't believe Technics was making that particular model 40 years ago. What you have may be similar, or it may be very different but with a similar name.
 

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I can only speak for the quality of the SL20BD. The other one appears to have been part of a one-brand system, which tended not to be high quality.


If you buy a used table, you should almost certainly get a new cartridge right away (and maybe a new belt), so you have to figure that into the cost.
 

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Originally Posted by mcnarus  /t/1525154/what-do-i-look-for-in-purchasing-a-turntable-used-or-new#post_24592050


I can only speak for the quality of the SL20BD.




On the ebay link for the SL20BD it says: Requires an adapter for playing 45 rpm records Not Included. Cartridge cover not included


Is a adapter expensive and where would one be found? Is a cartridge cover important to have?
 

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Is a adapter expensive and where would one be found?
Heaven only knows. It should be a 10-cent plastic part.
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Is a cartridge cover important to have?
No.
 

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Originally Posted by mcnarus  /t/1525154/what-do-i-look-for-in-purchasing-a-turntable-used-or-new#post_24594073


Heaven only knows. It should be a 10-cent plastic part.

No.

Are you saying the adapter could be hard to find?
 

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Nah. You should be able to pick up a plastic 45-rpm adapter for $5 on eBay, or a nicer metal adapter for $10 or so. Assuming of course that a family member or friend doesn't have one lying around that they'd give you.
 

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Heaven only knows. It should be a 10-cent plastic part.

No.
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Nah. You should be able to pick up a plastic 45-rpm adapter for $5 on eBay, or a nicer metal adapter for $10 or so. Assuming of course that a family member or friend doesn't have one lying around that they'd give you.

Thanks guys for your help and input. I haven't fully committed to getting a turntable I just wished all of the audio nirvana wouldn't be so costly.
 
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