Saying you only want to play a massive collection of 78's on some ancient "record player" is like
saying you'll only play reel to reel tapes on some ancient junky Ampex 900 player (which had
unacceptable wow and flutter the day it left the factory). If that's your thing, OK, but it's
guaranteed to yield crappy transfer results so you therefore value your time at very little or can't
hear the difference between good and bad playback.
That said, I bet I'm not the only one who buys cheap and common but musically-enjoyable 78's
specifically to play on the Victrola. They are never intended for transfer or preservation, they are
intended to allow me to enjoy my antique Victrola. I'm sure others do similar things for their
cylinder players and Diamond Disc players.
As for tracking weights, I can track up to over 4 grams on the Technics, and the speed adjust on a
MKV model has enough range to accomodate any of the early speeds, precisely. I think you can do the
same with the less expensive KAB-modified Numark table.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 3:36 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Technics apparently really has discontinued their turntables
> On 1/3/2011 9:57 PM, Steven C. Barr wrote:
>> From: "Aaron Levinson" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> As someone who arguably straddles the line between the transfer and DJ worlds I can say that the
>>> reputation of Stanton and Numark is far below that of that venerable 1200 on any given day. No
>>> self-respecting DJ would even put them in the same league.
>>> R.I.P. indeed and now let the insane eBay gouging begin!
>> NONE of this is a problem for me...! I was looking for (and found) a
>> "record player" with a ceramic cartiidge which would accomodate an
>> Astatic N8-3d needle
> Aaron hit the nail on the head -- self respect. Nobody is making a beeline to get their
> recordings transferred on a wow-fulled rumbly record player with an Astatic ceramic power-point
> with a (probably) 3.0 mil conical point. Self respect would not allow admission that this is the
> peak of performance you are STRIVING for as a multi-year quest, rather than just settling for
> because you only have (self-admittedly) just half of one ear still operating.
>> ; problem is that I no longer have the "fine
>> motor dexterity" to solder the connections to provide the plug which
>> I can place in my computer's "Line In" jack...! I have always found
>> that "light-weight" playing of 78's does NOT provide the full amount
>> of sound which they contain...! Steven C. Barr
> That's not the general opinion of those with two full-functioning ears.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]