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Gotog
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Reply #15 - 12/30/12 at 12:59:12
 
Lots of good advice here...just thought I would throw in my two cents...  I have found that with vinyl the synergy between table, cartridge, and phono preamp as well as proper set-up is critical.  If you are new to it, it may be helpful to seek out a good local dealer that can help you with this.  I have found that the basic, more affordable offerings by the likes of Rega, Pro-Ject, Music Hall, etc.... are quite good these days when paired with a good phono preamp and cart...  I am in the process of upgrading my vinyl kit and have found that a good phono preamp can make a large difference... so good, basic table + good phono preamp can sound as good or better than much more expensive table with lower grade/budget phono preamp
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Reply #16 - 12/30/12 at 19:09:48
 
You are getting good advice. Do you already have records?
Do you have access to used as well as new vinyl?
Cleaning records is very important especially when they are used.
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Reply #17 - 12/30/12 at 19:11:21
 
I have some like new mint records from my parents, also will be buying some new records from Amazon. Does anyone have experience purchasing new vinyl from Amazon? Shipping Damage Issues?

Thanks again for all the amazing input, can't wait to get this going!

-R
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Reply #18 - 12/30/12 at 19:48:21
 
Usually records are shipped pretty well from Amazon and these places. I highly recommend Dusty Groove. It is anything but. They are very consistently very conservative in their record grading. For example, if they grade VG the record is near mint. VG+ to them means pristine; NM looks like it was never played. They sell sealed stuff as well.
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Reply #19 - 12/30/12 at 19:49:18
 
Rivieraranch,

Thanks for the heads up!

-R
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Reply #20 - 12/30/12 at 21:08:18
 
I've ordered a number of records from Amazon and through some of their sellers. I've never had a problem with shipping and the records have always been fine. In contrast, I've had some serious problems getting warped records (new) from my local dealers.  John
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Reply #21 - 12/30/12 at 23:08:59
 
Amazon LP packaging used to be very flimsy, and in 2011
I received a double LP through USPS on the hottest July day. The postman wrapped it around the mailbox post with rubber bands... think world-class warpage! My postman agreed that everytime I got a package that shape it needed to be put on the porch in the shade. The last one I got from Amazon also had much sturdier packaging.
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Reply #22 - 12/31/12 at 02:13:14
 
I've enjoyed very good packing from Amazon.
LPs are packed in a specially designed cardboard box meant to withstand the usual postal abuse.
I've bought countless LPs from AMAZON and have only had to return one due to an "elephant stampede" Wink
Anyway Amazon promptly sent me a replacement even BEFORE they sent a courier man to pick up my returns from my house.
You are in good hands with Amazon. Smiley
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Reply #23 - 12/31/12 at 16:40:59
 
I`ll add Dusty Groove to desktop.
I use Discogs which is a market place
for hundreds of sellers. I`ve allways
found the grading accurate so far, and
albums allways arrive well packed in
made for purpose cardboard boxes.

Carefull when opening. Some sellers
place the records & inner sleeves outside
of the record cover.

I dont usually plug but I wasn`t a fan of
Regas platter mat. On glass I couldn`t help
wondering if the felt was slipping just a tiny
bit. After a few buys I came across the `Dead Steel`
platter mat.http://www.sounddeadsteel.com/hifi.html Dirt cheap and very neutral. They do
a more expensive `full set up` but you can get
the two components seperately.
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Reply #24 - 01/06/13 at 23:14:11
 
I ended up finding a Pioneer PL-750 for $20 bucks.
Nice setup to get my started.

Brushless Direct Drive
Wow and Flutter: 0.022%
Rumble: -78 dB
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Reply #25 - 01/07/13 at 11:36:32
 
Good option Ron! My first deck was the Pioneer PL 12D, also a pre-owned model. Not as good in the figures dept as yours, but it got me started. I used one of the many Ortofons.
I remember hunting down a Cambridge P50.integrated. (before i/net)
....... Smiley
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Reply #26 - 01/07/13 at 11:38:16
 
Yeah I am doing an audition of the Pro-Ject Phono Box MM/MC in house right now. I am not too terribly impressed with it.

Might spring for the V-LPS II or the Cambridge 651P.
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Reply #27 - 01/07/13 at 11:52:38
 
That was my old phono. The 2 valve box. It`s waiting for my e-bay clearout. I changed the valves for cryo`d ones from Watford valves after the originals died way to soon.
I took it back before, complaining the valves hardly lit up.


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Reply #28 - 01/07/13 at 11:54:11
 
How is the warm-ness of the Cambridge?
the 651P is 229 while the V-LPS II is 199.

Everyone seems quite high on the V-LPS II.
Do you know where the Cambridge Audio device is made?
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Reply #29 - 01/07/13 at 12:22:39
 
Cambridge, designed UK, manufactured...China.
The only thing I have to go on if making the choice
is a bit contrived, but I also owned a M.Fidelity A1
integrated and it was better than the Cambridge P50.
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