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I agree but perhaps not right away

A $500 vinyl system will not be adequate for the audiophool, but its not necessarily a bad place to start. My only recommendation is to buy used since (assuming you get bit by the vinyl bug) when you sell it you will recoup most of your investment. I bought my first record player in 1997 and didn't know a thing about them. I got a few records, learned how to set things up and what the parts do and the names of things etc.. I was in college and didn't have much money. 7 years later I bought my first real record player, the technics 1200. I learned about modifying and upgradeing. I learned about tinkering and it was good enough to experiment with some fairly decent carts. I picked up a rek-o-kut and learned about idler drives and DIY. I then picked up a VPI Traveler and get into the realm of modern belt drives. I then sold everything and used that money to pay for a new VPI Prime and I couldn't be happier. All that tinkering over the past 13 years was a blast, and it set me up to get the right table for me and my tastes. I'm done tinkering, all I do now is enjoy.

Also, I totally agree about a record cleaning machine. I used to do it by hand with a shop vac thing I rigged up. My wife bought me a purpose built record cleaning machine for Christmas. Funny thing was I caught wind that it was coming and thought "oh great, we just pissed $500 away on something I don't need or want." but I couldn't tell her that. So I acted surprised and feigned excitement, but then I actually used it!!! A cleaning project that used to take 10 minutes now only takes a minute! Multiply that by the ~1000 records I have and you have one of the most useful time saving possessions I own!!! Lesson learned, don't second guess the wife!


You can't cheat an honest man, never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump -- W.C. Fields


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  • I agree but perhaps not right away - texanater 10:25:03 07/10/17 (0)

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