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    Post by WP64 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:07 pm

    Nothing is going to get established here. I'm leaving this alone.
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    Post by WP64 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:26 pm

    I'm not going the vintage route because I'm lazy and young. I'm still mostly financially dependent so it makes sense for me to use my excess finances to start funding a reliable home soundsystem that will last me quite a while.

    The reason I snapped is the same reason I snapped before. It is just actually unbelievable to me that someone can be into music, listen to it as often as you seem to do, and talk about it on the Internet and remain pigeonholed by these classic rock and roll acts. Just seems depraved to me.

    To each their own though, whatever.
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    Post by spiritofeden on Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:34 pm

    Your financially dependent and you are going to get a $300 record player?
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    Post by Nick on Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:53 pm

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    Post by ? Ospink on Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:03 pm

    Speaking of restoring vintage tables, I brought this baby back to life today



    Seriously, I need to get a job.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:37 pm

    A few years back I "upgraded" from my basic sony turntable (with all the cool press to play and return needle after end of album features) when it broke to a USB manual turntable. Really no noticeable difference in sound, but now I need to get up to turn it off even if i'm half passed out on the couch. My laziness and general aesthetics are giving me the itch to buy a classy cool looking new turntable… I'm thinking price range below 300, but should probably wait a little bit since I just bought a house and a car, and it would be difficult justifying this totally inappropriate splurge purchase to the wife.
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    Post by spiritofeden on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:09 am

    Thats awesome Sid. what sort of condition was it in when you got it?
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    Post by ? Ospink on Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:32 am

    spiritofeden wrote:Thats awesome Sid.  what sort of condition was it in when you got it?
    Trashed. Totalled.

    My son bought it on ebay a while back. Gorgeous Dual 1214 in "good" condition - a true vintage table if there ever was such a thing. Unfortunately, the knucklehead seller shipped it in a box without any proper packing material, so naturally it arrived in pieces. He got a full refund, and no request to send it back, so he left it with me. It's been sitting on a shelf in my basement for the past two years. I finally got around to looking at it today.

    Gotta give it up for German Engineering. The tonearm bearing needed to be reassembled, and the dust cover is a lost cause, but everything else seems to be working fine after a heavy dose of WD40. I really do love these idler-drive turntables.
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    Post by ? Ospink on Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:41 am

    Ned Braden wrote:A few years back I "upgraded" from my basic sony turntable (with all the cool press to play and return needle after end of album features) when it broke to a USB manual turntable. Really no noticeable difference in sound, but now I need to get up to turn it off even if i'm half passed out on the couch. My laziness and general aesthetics are giving me the itch to buy a classy cool looking new turntable…   I'm thinking price range below 300, but should probably wait a little bit since I just bought a house and a car, and it would be difficult justifying this totally inappropriate splurge purchase to the wife.
    Oh, it's appropriate. But you probably should wait, rather than "fuckin' finance it". You know that's right.

    When the time is right, you could do much worse than this sweet Denon model: http://www.needledoctor.com/Denon-DP-300F-Fully-Automatic-Turntable?sc=2&category=348
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    Post by WP64 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:35 am

    I actually don't even know how I have been forced to defend myself against the idea of using my privileged upbringing to fund a soundsystem that will last me for a decade or more.

    There are worse things for me to be using my money. Do you guys know a lot of nineteen year old kids who aren't financially dependent or something?
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    Post by techno raj on Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:30 pm

    Any of you vinyl hounds have thoughts on good places to find an old 7"?

    A friend of mine wants this record: http://www.discogs.com/Squires-Going-All-The-Way-Go-Ahead/master/509061

    I don't see it on ebay or Discogs marketplace.
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    Post by Michael K. on Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:21 pm

    What's the time frame? Set up an alert on ebay if it isn't too soon.
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    Post by yancy on Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:27 pm

    GEMM.com tends to have like, everything, but I only see listings for the full LP of Going All the Way.
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    Post by reuben on Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:52 pm

    That's the American Squires, not the Neil Young one, right?
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    Post by ? Ospink on Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:57 pm

    raj bigson wrote:Any of you vinyl hounds have thoughts on good places to find an old 7"?

    A friend of mine wants this record: http://www.discogs.com/Squires-Going-All-The-Way-Go-Ahead/master/509061

    I don't see it on ebay or Discogs marketplace.
    No luck, but keep this bookmarked: http://www.musicstack.com

    They're usually pretty reliable for tracking down rare 45s.
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    Post by techno raj on Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:46 pm

    Thanks all. Very helpful advice.
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:56 pm

    My daughter's getting one of these
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    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Sat May 03, 2014 1:29 pm

    i have album time on vinyl arriving monday, i think. my gf is already sick of me singing things like "its coffee time, its coffee time, its coffee time, its coffee time" over and over
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    Post by Nick on Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:42 pm

    Helped clean out a storage space we had a bunch of my grandparents stuff in this weekend. I grabbed this old victrola from the 30s. There were a few boxes of old records too. Looks like they date from 1910-1920. The label references some Wisconsin Recording Company in Port Washington that a Google search shows it was part of Paramount Records.

    A crazy mix of country, blue grass and Xmas carols sung in German. No idea of these are worth anything but it will take months to comb through it all.
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    Post by Michael K. on Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:58 pm

    Just picked up Melvins' re-release of Eggnog and Lysol - now modified to Lice-All, lol - on a double vinyl release. Sounds great. Also, I keep getting Bill Orcutt records in the mail that I forgot I ordered. Embarrassment of riches.
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    Post by Paves on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:15 pm

    I managed to successfully hound the new Bill Orcutt LP in the past week. Haven't played it yet but I'm psyched that it's all electric.
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    Post by Michael K. on Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:20 am

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    Post by ? Ospink on Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:27 pm

    Just finished restoring a non-functioning '50s Grundig turntable for my Sister-In-Law. The table was extracted from her console, which is the same model as this web image I found:

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    I really wanted to get this thing working, as the console sounds amazing (based on the FM radio, which does function). Aside from the mechanical rehab, I pulled the primitive ceramic cartridge and installed a Stanton 680 w/ elliptical "HiFi" stylus, and balanced the arm to a reasonable 3.5g tracking force. I can now play my own records on it with confidence:



    The turntable's idler drive is impressively quiet, speed-accurate and stable. She's going to have a seriously sweet all-tube retro HiFi setup when I bring this thing back.
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