I also use the Rondine 3, which is a 12 speed turntable which can play up to 17 inch records and with a considerable range of varispeed, I'm sure it can play at any speed up to over 100rpm. It's a belt drive system so you don't get "instant" start like high-torque direct drive turntables; it takes several revs to get up to 78rpm. The speed isn't quartz locked but there are a number of speed allignment controls which, once set, seem to hold proper speed consistently. One thing that annoys me is a quiet whine from the turntable motor. The 12 speeds include all the normal speeds, half of all the normal speeds for half-speed mastering and several speeds around the 78 range: 68.5, 71.29, 76.59, 78.26, 80, 85, and 90. Priced at under $1,400, I think it's excellent value for the money.
> From: John Schroth <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:36:28 PM
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Turntable Recommendation ?
>I have the Rondine 3 from Rek-O-Kut and have been very happy with it for
>the past six years. Looks like Rek-O-Cut also has some new offerings on
>the same page link provided below.
>On 7/24/2013 1:54 PM, Tom Diamant wrote:
>> The three speed turntable of the Arhoolie Foundation has died and I don't
>> know if it's repairable. We're looking for a good replacement.
>> Here's what we need.
>> 1. Three speed
>> 2. Variable pitch
>> 3. Sturdy (we use it every day, all day long)
>> 4. good specs (low rumble, low wow & flutter)
>> 5. Although we have yet to have a use for a turntable that can play 16 inch
>> transcriptions, it perhaps might be something we would look at.
>> 6. Not insanely expensive!
>> I'm sure many of you know more about this than I do, so any recommendation
>> would be appreciated.
>> Tom Diamant
>> Arhoolie foundation