Audio Components (Turntables)
|Grado Green on Marantz 6300|
|Crappy stereo system (source tarballtoes.com)|
In the early 90’s I was lucky enough to find a Marantz 6300 turntable, (pictured to the right) for sale in a Thrift Store in Suffolk Virginia that I purchased for $12.00. Yes, $12.00, I talked the clerk down from $25.00. He said that the platter did not turn and that it was missing the RCA cables and the dust cover. I figured for $12.00 bucks, it could be a little project for me to get it up and running. Well I took it to my apartment in Virginia Beach and flipped it over and found that the voltage select switch was set to V240. I switched it to V110 and plugged it into the outlet and turned the record player on. I was thrilled to see the platter turn. I found a pair of Radio Shack RCA cables in my apartment and lopped the connectors off one end and soldered them to the output terminals in the turntable. Now that I felt that this table could work, I contacted a local record store and ordered a cartridge and needle. A couple of weeks later I picked it up and installed it on the tone arm. I put a record on (don't remember what it was), and I was thrilled to hear sound coming out of my speakers. I was in business for $12.00 (initial cost of the turntable), $30.00 for the cartridge and an hour and a half worth of my time and labor to do all the work. I still have that turntable to this day and I use it on a regular basis. Online, this turntable sells for between $300.00 to $600.00 in really good condition or if any custom work was done. Last year, I finally upgraded the cartridge and needle from an Empire 2000 to a Grado Green 1 and added a phono stage preamp to this turntable that I got as a gift from my good friend. What a difference a quality stylus and phono stage makes!!!
Last year, (2009), my good friend told me about a Marantz 6100 turntable, (pictured to the right) for sale in a thrift store in Chesapeake Virginia. I went there the very next day and talked the store clerk down from $25.00 to $15.00. The turntable was intact, not a scratch on it and had the dust cover and the clerk said that it worked. I think that the turntable was never used or rarely used. It still had the plastic film over the Marantz emblem on the dust cover that I eventually removed. This turntable is a manual table and lacks the hydraulic precision that the 6300 turntable has but it's still a great table, and there are advantages to having more than one table. It did not come with a stylus and there was a generic (no name) cartridge on it. Within days of purchasing this turntable I ordered an Audio Technica cartridge and stylus from the Needle Doctor. This table sounds great too!!!!
If you would like to see my other audio components please check out the following website, http://www.audiogon.com/. From the Home Page, scroll down to the bottom and select Virtual Systems. From there scroll down to the bottom of the page and in the Search Systems field type 70's Vintage Audio.
Thanks for reading and good luck with the hunt, be patient and I hope that you are able to find a turntables and audio gear that suites your needs.