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RE: My Marantz DV-9600 silver disk spinner hit the market over a decade ago...

Unfortunately optical pickup units are consumables albeit with a much longer lifespan than, say, a stylus. So it is unfortunately inevitable that at some point your player will not function. And each day that you use it that point gets closer.

So I still think that used optical players are very much hit and miss as far as longevity is concerned and your success so far with your Ebay bargain is unfortunately no indication of how long any other old player will last. I have a Sony CD player that is now 30 years old and still works fine. Meanwhile during the same period I got through 2 Sony transports on another player (it would have been 3 had it not been for a trade in).

Anyway I now hope that your player will turn out to be some kind of world record holder for lifespan. Like those occasional pieces you see on TV or read about where someone still uses their great-grandmother's toaster purchased in 1952.

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