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Ron
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New Turntable - Opinions Wanted
12/27/12 at 20:09:34
 
I was looking around on Kickstarter and found this...
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/uturnaudio/the-orbit-turntable-0

I do not know much about turn tables so any input would be appreciated. I would like to get into vinyl but do not want to break the bank initially.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply #1 - 12/27/12 at 20:46:12
 
If your system will be primarily vinyl the turntable choice should reflect that. You should spend as much as you can on a good table. However, if you spin vinyl occasionally, then you should not invest so much money in a table.  

I have never heard of this no-name table you posted. Who makes it? The arm looks cheap. You have to wonder what the resale value would be if you did not like it. If you got a REGA, Pro-Ject, Thorens or a similar make your money would be safe in the resale market.

I personally have gone over to direct drive. Vinyl is not the mainstay of my system but I wanted a good player to spin the vinyl that I have. I have a KAB modified Technics SL-1200. It has an outboard power supply and some other upgrades. It is easy to change cartridges and you can adjust the tonearm height.  The REGA is too finicky. I have had them in the past and they proved to be a pain in the a**.

You may wish to look over on the Vinyl Engine forums; they have guys there that know a lot more than I do.
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Reply #2 - 12/28/12 at 12:30:00
 
Thanks for the reply!

It was designed after the Rega RP1 with Performance Pack.
That said, Rega has quite the heritage and experience.

Might be worth just going with an RP1.

Thanks again.
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Reply #3 - 12/28/12 at 13:47:48
 
I have a Rega RP3 and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
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Reply #4 - 12/28/12 at 15:04:57
 
You can't go wrong with REGA. Although it is a pain to pick up a record with the platter spinning and lay it down again as well. The tonearm height is not adjustable, unless you buy a costly gizmo and remount it under the arm. This limits cartridge choices because of height. If you change cartridges and heaven forbid you break off one of the cartridge clips you will have to get it soldered back on. Then the belts. Get one of the white belts, you will read everywhere. You can't really clean a record with a brush because it slows down the platter, which in turn stresses the belt. When the belt begins to go flaccid it will create a lot of problems. These are among the negatives with REGA. If you are willing to put up with their finickyness you will be fine.  You might look at the Needle Doctor's website for information on all the tables out there.
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Reply #5 - 12/28/12 at 15:16:30
 
Looks like a typical 'Le Turntable'... Simple, but I would opt for getting a good pre-owned TT on eBay before I'd buy a new one... Great deals, and lots to choose from...

Always try and get better than you need now... My rule-of-thumb... (m.)
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Reply #6 - 12/28/12 at 16:33:40
 
But how many folks know the right way to ship a table? There are so many ways for it to arrive a pretzel. I would go with new because of these variables.
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Reply #7 - 12/28/12 at 18:05:42
 
Good Point
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Reply #8 - 12/28/12 at 18:47:45
 
Any recommendations on retailers to buy Rega turntables?
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Reply #9 - 12/28/12 at 21:22:44
 
I`ve still got my 30yr old Rega, and rewired the arm with silver litz a couple of months back. I wont be trying it out until I get a new cart for
my Roksan radius which could be months away or longer.
They hit a purple patch with the Rega in terms of price/performance. They just worked great. I dont know how I got on with the vertical tracking, those days you just made sure the cart was straight and balanced before dialing in the weight, adjusting drag/ a/skating, which is easy, through a numbered dial and sliding scale. There must have been a template to place the needle tip into.
It`s when you come to buy a second TT that you naturally want a change of manufacturer.
Regas can come not cheap now.
I cant knock them, no way. They would be a good choice.
I bought my second deck new, and for the money could have got
something well out of my price range if new, on e-bay or even a dealer.
Something else to consider is visuals. You could be living with it for long time.
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Reply #10 - 12/28/12 at 21:45:45
 
I see quite a few Rega's on Ebay. Also look at Sota's.
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Reply #11 - 12/28/12 at 22:29:12
 
Rega has authorized dealers all over. You should look on the Vinyl Engine website for information and perhaps further guidance.
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Reply #12 - 12/29/12 at 00:44:20
 
If you are a complete beginner to turntables, I suggest getting a Technics turntable. B&H is selling them.

The reason for my recommendation is because they are the easiest to set up. The Japanese have removed the rocket science involved for the user.
The second major reason is that the unmodified Technics turntable is already audiophile grade.
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Reply #13 - 12/29/12 at 02:32:24
 
You listen to Lord South, boy. I have a KAB modified Technic. It is great sounding and easy to use.
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Reply #14 - 12/29/12 at 04:13:36
 
Having had a couple of Rega's, one with a Decca unipivot arm, I can say the P3 with the above arm was a very satisfying combination, but it became even more resolving and enjoyable on a dedicated TT platform.
In my case a "SoundOrginization".
Some non suspended tables can be quite susceptible to vibration, footfalls and the like.
Happy hunting!
Don
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