I got a victrola. It sure is fun, and a conversation piece.
On 1/4/2011 1:38 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> 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]