Finally, my entrance into the vinyl rabbit hole!

mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
I’ve been waiting for this day. I’ve finally got my own TT! And not too bad of one at that. Found it at an estate sale, it is a Technics SL-3200. The guy had all sorts of gear, from Yamaha to McIntosh (I’ll provide the pics later), and I wanted it all, but I only had enough money for the Technics. Which was fine, because that was the thing I wanted to take home the most to be honest. The turntable is pretty dirty, but it works. I don’t know the condition of the stylus, but I think it is OK. Cartridge doesn’t look too bad either, but I will probably replace both in the future. Haven’t hooked it up yet, right now I’m just sitting down to clean it up.
Here are some pics of the TT:
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As you can see, it’s not very clean. The guy just wanted it gone, so he gave it to me for $40 and he just gave me a DEEMA CarboTex carbon fiber anti static brush, so that’s nice to have.
Any thoughts on this TT? Recommendations for future cartridges and styluses (styli? Stylus? I don’t know, if someone could inform me on the proper plural word, that would be nice :wink: )?
Micah
Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
NAD C352
Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    A fitting first record:
    vyqz6s86bmai.jpg
    I can safely say that even with all the extra noise, this is one of the best audio experiences I have ever had period. I can see why this is a rabbit hole, I will probably never come home again without a new record. :wink: oh how I wish that could be true.
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 286
    Congrats!!! Looks like a keeper. How does it sound to you? Thats all that counts!
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  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 286
    Oh and good luck with that hole. It gets deep.
    Denon AVR X4200W
    Parasound HCA 1500A amplifier
    Adcom GFA 555 amplifier
    LG 65" Ultra HD4k
    LG 4kBR - UP970
    Denon DVM 4800
    Denon DP 3000 turntable
    Saec 308sx tonearm w/
    Dynavector 10x5 cart
    NAD pp 4 Phono Preamp
    MIT Avt3 Speaker c's
    Audio Quest Big Sur ic's
    Polk RTiA 7's
    Polk CSi A6
    Polk RTiA 3's
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Polk DSW PRO 440wi sub
    Infinity bu2 sub
    "The early Klingon gets the Gagh"
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Manticore wrote: »
    Congrats!!! Looks like a keeper. How does it sound to you? Thats all that counts!

    It sounds awesome. Definitely a keeper. Right now listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and I don’t know if I’ll ever listen to a CD or MP3 again.
    Manticore wrote: »
    Oh and good luck with that hole. It gets deep.

    So I’ve heard! Lol
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,308
    Congrats - and... don't say we didn't warn you... even if, well I certainly didn't. Enjoy - looks like a great deal, and I enjoy vinyl quite a lot. The rabbit hole is both long and deep though.
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    edited June 2
    MrBuhl wrote: »
    Congrats - and... don't say we didn't warn you... even if, well I certainly didn't. Enjoy - looks like a great deal, and I enjoy vinyl quite a lot. The rabbit hole is both long and deep though.

    Thanks!

    I apparently only took a picture of the McIntosh, but here it is:
    0vv9gpcr1m3g.jpeg
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Oooh man something I just noticed! Stanton cartridge/stylus!
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    Googles it earlier, this has supposedly been their top of the line since the 70s! Maybe $50 was a much better deal than I first thought!
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,045
    Congrats on a nice, excuse me, very nice TT.

    Is that 150.00 or 1500.00 for the McIntosh?
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Tony M wrote: »
    Congrats on a nice, excuse me, very nice TT.

    Is that 150.00 or 1500.00 for the McIntosh?

    1500.00. If it was $150 it would be here instead of the Technics.
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,045
    I didn't know you had more than 150.00.

    1500.00 huh, I don't know if that's good or not seeing how dirty it is. :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Tony M wrote: »
    I didn't know you had more than 150.00.

    1500.00 huh, I don't know if that's good or not seeing how dirty it is. :#

    I don’t, but I could’ve convinced my dad to let me buy it and pay him back :lol:
    I don’t care for taking loans, but that would be worth it.
    It supposedly works, and sounds amazing. I’ve seen broken ones in terrible condition sell for over $1000, so I feel like that’s a deal for a working model.
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • Dr_WuDr_Wu Posts: 56
    Congrats on the TT. Your music life just got better.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    Congrats on the TT. Your music life just got better.

    Most definitely! Thanks!
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Something I forgot to mention earlier, the cover is snapped off at the hinges.
    zaz9jrflz72r.jpg
    Any ideas on a cheap and easy fix?
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,694
    Yep, hard to beat good analog.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,767
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Something I forgot to mention earlier, the cover is snapped off at the hinges.
    zaz9jrflz72r.jpg
    Any ideas on a cheap and easy fix?

    Crazy glue and baking soda. Instant fix.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    FestYboy wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Something I forgot to mention earlier, the cover is snapped off at the hinges.
    zaz9jrflz72r.jpg
    Any ideas on a cheap and easy fix?

    Crazy glue and baking soda. Instant fix.

    Crazy glue and baking soda? Does crazy glue have vinegar in it? Interesting. What happens when you mix them? What causes the reaction?
    Micah
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,820
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    FestYboy wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Something I forgot to mention earlier, the cover is snapped off at the hinges.
    zaz9jrflz72r.jpg
    Any ideas on a cheap and easy fix?

    Crazy glue and baking soda. Instant fix.

    Crazy glue and baking soda? Does crazy glue have vinegar in it? Interesting. What happens when you mix them? What causes the reaction?
    Micah


    Yes I'm curious as well.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,694
    Google crazy glue and baking soda. Google is your friend.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Google crazy glue and baking soda. Google is your friend.

    Oh good idea :lol:
    Don’t know why I didn’t think think of that.
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,712
    @msg Don't you own several copies of this on vinyl? One of your favorite albums if I recall?
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    A fitting first record:
    vyqz6s86bmai.jpg
    I can safely say that even with all the extra noise, this is one of the best audio experiences I have ever had period. I can see why this is a rabbit hole, I will probably never come home again without a new record. :wink: oh how I wish that could be true.

    Got Dayens?
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,694
    edited June 3
    ^^the latest remaster (2017) is nothing short of amazing.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • halohalo Posts: 4,363
    Can you still get a replacement stylus for that cart? I'm sure LP Gear has their version of one available but I'm not sure I trust their brand of styli any longer. If you're looking for a new cart recommendation Micah, I would say the Nagaoka MP-110 is your best bet. Enjoy spinning the wax!
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    halo wrote: »
    Can you still get a replacement stylus for that cart? I'm sure LP Gear has their version of one available but I'm not sure I trust their brand of styli any longer. If you're looking for a new cart recommendation Micah, I would say the Nagaoka MP-110 is your best bet. Enjoy spinning the wax!

    I was thinking about getting a new cart, but I think that the cartridge already installed is a pretty high end one. It is a Stanton 681EEE, which I read has supposedly been their top model since the mid 70s. I don’t know if I’ll damage the records by using this cart though, do you guys think it is ok? I already have adjusted the weight of the tone arm, although I have not centered the stylus yet (I think that is what it is called). A visual inspection makes me think it is in excellent condition, but I don’t know enough about TTs to know if it is actually ok.
    The Nagaoka cart looks nice though, if I decide to get one that will probably be close to the top of the list for me.
    I still am wanting to buy LSiMs or Signatures so I can’t spend a ton of money on a cartridge unless I get the Signatures. I don’t know if the cart I have now will work until I can get either one,or at least decide which, do you guys think it will?
    Micah
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,545
    edited June 3
    1) Get a Spinclean

    2) Try to buy your records new. If you buy used ones be very critical of their condition.

    3) Get MoFi sleeves.

    Some noise is inevitable but constant snaps and crackles aren't normal with a clean record in pristine shape.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Nightfall wrote: »
    1) Get a Spinclean

    2) Try to buy your records new. If you buy used ones be very critical of their condition.

    I wish I could buy new records, but they cost so much usually that I will most likely only buy records I can’t find used new. I will be extremely careful to check the condition of records before I buy them, even when I look at records for my dad I am very careful about condition.
    What do I you mean by a SpinClean? I already have a brush, is this what you are talking about?
    zjlo7ilivqcb.jpg
    Micah
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,545
    Also, if you have a steady hand you can clean the stylus with a plain regular Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I think it's in a blue box. No heavy duty or whatever other versions there are, just the regular ones.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,118
    Nightfall wrote: »

    Looks pretty cool, I’ll have to wait until after I get new speakers though. Does that just clean dust and dirt off?
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Also, if you have a steady hand you can clean the stylus with a plain regular Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I think it's in a blue box. No heavy duty or whatever other versions there are, just the regular ones.

    I do have a steady hand, so now I am going to go and look for a Mr. Clean Eraser.
    Found one, cleaned it, but now I am looking at it and the stylus is slightly bent to the right. It looks like it is supposed to be that way, because there doesn’t look to be any stress any where on the stylus and it seems to be connected to the cart well. Do you guys think it is OK?
    hfxgikgw1h2d.jpg
    Not Tom, or Trey, or Jim
    NAD C352
    Monitor Audio Radius R90’s/Polk SDA CRS/Mission Freedom 770 IV
    BJC speaker cables, generic RCA’s, one homemade power cable, because that’s going to do any good with the rest of the generic ones.
    Technics SL3200 turntable and a Shure M97xE phono cartridge
    Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer
    Lafayette LR-1100 acting as a tuner and phono.
    I've always thought the goal of high end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,614
    No, I'm afraid the cantilever is bent and you'll have a channel imbalance.
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
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