Stereo Turntables ~ Cassette ~8-Track (page under construction, see main page for complete inventory)

Yamaha YP-B2

Yamaha YP-B2 (1978) $250

One of the best looking turntables that Yamaha released in the 70's, the YP-B2 strikes you immediately with its "Envoy Walnut" plinth that blends well with any contemporary vintage system.  Oil damped cueing with direct readout adjusters, 2-speed belt drive, semi-automatic operation, sensitive s-shaped tonearm with anti-skate dial and, of course, Yamaha's famous "Natural Sound" quality.'s simply beautiful! 

About Yamaha...(1972 and later)

From the CA-1000 that whipped up a whirlwind and brought Yamaha recognition in the audio world, to the AX-2000A that, after groping around with digital technology, managed a comeback to pure analog.  The very successful "Natural Sound" marketing in the 70's brought Yamaha into direct competition with Pioneer, Marantz and almost all the other great companies of the era.


Kenwood KD-3055

Kenwood KD-3055 (1977)  $325 
(includes new Ortofon Silver SH-4 headshell & Ortofon Omega cart/stylus)

Nicknamed "The Rock", Kenwood came out with a clever advertising campaign to promote their beautiful and unique, fully automatic KD-3055.  They placed this heavy 25 pound turntable on top of a speaker to demonstrate that is was now (then) possible to build turntables that effectively dealt with that "howling" known as mechanical and acoustic feedback.  
Why did they do that? Because the KD-3055 has a special base made of an anti-resonance concrete (soft white in color with a tiny mixture of light gold specks for an artistic design) so dense it absorbs vibrations from the speakers and the floor before they reached the specially designed S-shaped tonearm.  
It's not just an excellent performing's also a work of art.

About Kenwood (Trio)...

Established in 1946 as the Kasuga Radio Co. Ltd. in Komagane City, Japan, in 1960 the company was renamed Trio Corporation. In 1963 the first overseas office was founded in Los Angeles.

In the early 1960s, Trio's products were rebranded by the Lafayette Radio Co with a focus on CB radio.

An importer of Japanese-made electronics Radio Shack (Realistic, Tandy Corp) was A&A Trading Co., and a bilingual Japanese-speaking manager from there established a company that would be the exclusive importer of Trio products.

The name Kenwood was invented by Kasuga as being the combination of "Ken", a name common to Japan and North America that had been tested and proven acceptable to American consumers in the name of Kenmore appliance (Sears) \, and "Wood", referring to the durable substance as well as suggesting a relation to Hollywood.  The brand recognition of Kenwood eventually surpassed that of Trio's, and in 1986 Trio bought Kenwood and renamed itself Kenwood.  Eventually, Kenwood merged with JVC in 2008 as JVC/Kenwood.



Reference 610-T

Reference 610T (1978)     $180

Elegantly designed in USA, built in Japan, DC direct drive, semi-automatic, very heavy premium table with massive die-cast platter, ultra low-mass S-shape black tonearm, beautiful satin-black plinth with walnut side panel.  Other than the very common problem on the 610-T's cueing lever defective plastic clamps inside the mechanism (an unobtainable part) for which we have figured out a workaround, this is a very nice turntable!


We had the good fortune to have worked at Pacific Stereo in the very early days (back when they only had three stores!) Today, it's not commonly known but, at one time, (late 70's) all the house brands listed directly below (and almost all other well-known brands of the time) were sold by Pacific Stereo.  As one of the largest stereo chain stores in the USA (especially in the West) they eventually faded away but not before they left behind a legacy of some very fine equipment they designed in-house but were made in Japan.  The Concept units were first tier (top of the lineup) followed closely behind in quality by the Reference series.  The Concept 16.5 stereo receiver (165 watts per channel) is considered by many to be one of the best of the "Holy Grail" of vintage receivers.



Pioneer PL-55

Pioneer PL-55 (1975) with AT 4300  $325

The Pioneer PL-55  was one of Pioneer's best looking and best built offerings in the mid 70's. It's a beautiful vintage piece with direct-drive, servo controlled motor, semi-automatic operation which incorporates auto return, two-speeds, pitch controls, speed controls, soft damped cueing and much more.
Because Pioneer (and every one else that made turntables) felt the need to have a "new" model every year,there are a number of different PL-55 versions including the PL-55, PL-55X, PL-55D, PL-55DX, PL-55DXF, and PL-55XF and others. All are very similar with only very minor differences. The PL-55 has the strobe speed plate that is easily used on those rare occasions you might want to calibrate the speed (if necessary there are a few very good turntable LED strobe flash apps available for Android or iPhone that you can download on your mobile).
The actual design of the plinth (base) itself is heavy and well constructed with a dark walnut veneer and tinted dust cover.  The sub-chassis is spring loaded to help decrease any acoustic feedback.  This is a premium vintage turntable.

Pioneer PL-41

Pioneer PL-41 ('69-'72) $345

Completely restored and as close to mint condition as possible, this magnificent PL-41 was Pioneer's top of the line. It is one of the finest professional turntables that Pioneer produced in the early late 60's and very early 70's.   For those unfamiliar with this model, it is one of the very first belt drive turntables that utilized a beefy, over-sized, hysteresis synchronous motor (originally made for idler drive units that needed a lot of torque) that make for a very nice combination of drive and silence that is hard to find. The 4-pole aluminum alloy die-cast platter itself is a work of art, weighing in at 5 lbs, it takes all that motor torque and yields a rock steady speed at 33 or 45 RPM. Two push-buttons, provided on the belt cover, control selection of speeds.  Pressing the desired speed push-button will automatically set the turntable for operation of the speed marked on the push-button.  The Pioneer-designed crossbar gyroscope tonearm is a beauty as well.  This is a manually operated turntable with one simple lever that controls everything, very easy to use.The massive solid walnut plinth is simply flat out's hard not to watch it play a record, it's that good looking.  Fairly heavy at 25 lbs, it's a fine piece of vintage gear.
Finally, the heavy clear acrylic dust cover is in excellent condition as well.

Pioneer PL-200 (1979) $99 (no photo)
One of Pioneer's "rack" system turntables, it's not fancy but it works very well as a direct drive, semi automatic, two-speed for an affordable price. 

About Pioneer...

Not much needs to be said about Pioneer other then the simple fact that the name is known worldwide for above average quality and excellence in high fidelity component design.  They were the unchallenged leader in stereo advertising and marketing in the 70's.  Back in the day, Pioneer made it clear that if you didn't have a Pioneer stereo system in your house (or college dorm) you just didn't have the right stuff.


Audio Reflex DD-1979

Audio Reflex DD-1979 (1979)  $180

This very rare, well built and good looking turntable was made in Japan (by CEC) to be primarily sold in Canada and Australia by "Audio Reflex", one of the brands under the umbrella of parent company AGS (Audio General Supply) an import/export electronics company.  As with almost all CEC turntables, the DD-1979 is a very well made, very good looking, direct drive unit with semi-automatic operation.  It has an excellent motor drive with an on-board stroboscope.  The dark walnut veneer plinth is attractive and sets it apart from ordinary looking turntables.

Technics SL-23

Technics SL-23 (1976) with Ortofon Omega $185

This SL-23 was the "affordable" model in the 1976 line up. It really does look great. It has a massive S shaped tone arm and a rather nice cueing lever.  The turntable has a built in strobe so that the speed accuracy can be seen and easily adjusted.  Basically, the Technics SL-23 is a quality, belt-driven, two-speed, semi-automatic turntable with a FG (frequency generator) servo-controlled DC motor with IC drive. It took your basic belt-drive concept and added Japanese engineering to take the quality and refinement to the next level.  The SL-23 features low wow & flutter, rumble and power consumption. The static-balanced, S-shaped tonearm features automatic return/shut-off and has a moving magnet cartridge combined with the head-shell. This eliminates the need for cartridge alignment in two of the three axis and simplifies the ownership experience.  The deck also features a strobe and vernier adjustment of both 33 and 45 rpm speeds, a very nice touch.  


Rotel RP-1100Q

Rotel RP-1100Q (1976) $200

This classic Rotel table is a beauty and very hard to find!  The gorgeous tigerwood plinth is an immediate eye catcher.  It's a belt drive, with a fully sprung floating suspension and is a semi-automatic (auto-return). As with all our gear, everything is working just as it should. The bearings in the static balanced, 4-pole hysteresis arm are nice and tight...the tinted dust cover is near mint condition and we have several cartridge/stylus options to choose from.

Rotel RP-6400

Rotel RP-6400 (1978) $200

Certainly one of Rotel's better turntables (made in Japan by CEC) due to it's excellent motor and design.  This is a beautiful, solidly built, direct-drive, two-speed, strobe, speed controls with a low mass straight pipe tonearm.  Rotel designed the auto lead-in for a unique experience when setting the cueing for play.  The plinth is a gorgeous tigerwood veneer making this a very cool looking unit.  With auto lead-in, reject and auto return, this semi-automatic turntable from Rotel is pretty rare and in very good condition.

About Rotel... 
Rotel is a family-owned Japanese manufacturer of high end audio and video equipment. The company was established in 1961. In the early 1980s Rotel joined the B&W Group forming a strategic alliance with Bowers and Wilkins and later adding Class√© Audio.


Marantz 6110

Marantz 6110 ('78-'80)  $215

The 6110 is one of the better turntables to come from Marantz in the late 70's.  Like almost all Marantz gear, it has an elegant look thanks to the distinctive Marantz script logos.  The original Marantz headshell is included along with the very nice original Marantz platter mat with the chrome ring and the Marantz 45 adapter (with white silkscreen lettering).  This is a semi-automatic, two-speed, belt drive (with automatic return and reject)  This has a dark walnut plinth with a very nice and clean original Marantz dust cover and hinges.

Marantz TT-1020 (1982) $99 (no photo)
Although not one of Marantz' higher end turntables, this TT-1020 is a simple, easy to use, two-speed belt drive with semi automatic operation.  A very affordable and reliable piece.

About Marantz...
What can we say that hasn't already been said about Marantz? A lot of changes have happened to the company since the 60's and 70's when Marantz was THE brand of choice for audiophiles around the world (second only to McIntosh of course).  Until the mid 80's, Marantz was still a highly sought after name but, with the company being sold so many times, eventually, like so many other famous names, they gradually declined in popularity.


Aurex Toshiba SR-250

Aurex Toshiba SR-250 (1976)  $225

This Toshiba is a high quality, very handsome and exceptionally clean turntable.  Belt driven, two-speed with a rock solid DC Servo motor for trouble free performance...the semi-automatic operation is effortless and liquid smooth.  The plinth is a very nice light charcoal color which blends very well with the chrome controls, a well-designed layout.

About Toshiba...*(and Aurex)
Back in the day, some Toshiba, Sanyo, Hitachi (and other lesser known names) were associated with clock radios, and similar little devices that showed up in various stores that normally didn't sell HiFi gear.
For the dealer, Toshiba was aggressively priced so that there was better margin in their products, which translated to higher profits. This was because Toshiba didn't advertise or get product reviews from the audio magazines. Today, this explains why Toshiba is less known in general about the very good quality in their stereo equipment.

Today, when it comes to vintage HiFi, most recognize the name Toshiba primarily because of its monster class SA-7150 with its massive power at 150 watts per channel.  But, back in the early 70s, when HiFi dealers took on the Toshiba audio product lines, the salesmen considered them a second-level product line to the Marantz, Pioneer, Sony , etc. As time went on, more and more techs and curious salesmen began to open them up, check the build quality.  Guess what? Wow!  Great stuff!  *

The Aurex branded gear was designed as a premium addition to the standard Toshiba line-up.
In fact, even though Toshiba branded products were quite good and performed as good as the big-name gear and still does today, the Aurex was a nothch higher in quality.  Because of their low key marketing stance, it's doubtful their sales volumes were anywhere near those of Sony, Pioneer, etc.


Fisher CR-5120

(All tape units fully functioning)

Fisher Studio Standard CR-5120
(1977) $175 (walnut)
Pioneer CT-F6262 (cassette, 1977) $150 (walnut)
Pioneer TH-30 (8-track, *Centrex, '71-'74) $65 (walnut)

Technics RS-263US (cassette, 1974) $175 (walnut) 
Reference 412D (cassette, 1979)  $125 (walnut panels)


Pioneer CT-F6262
Reference: 412D
Technics RS-263US
Pioneer Centrex TH-30

Pioneer TH-30 (*Centrex, '71-'74) 8-track player $65

Here's a very cool, fully functioning 8-track player that was originally sold as an add-on accessory for their *Centrex systems.  What separates the TH-30 from so many of all the other similar tape players is the genuine walnut veneer case and the excellent motor drive components.  This is a simple, well designed player with one button that changes programs on the tape.

About Pioneer Centrex...
Centrex gear was made by Pioneer primarily as "all-in-one" combo systems.  These combos were very popular for those that couldn't manage separate components for whatever reasons. Most of the Japanese, American and European electronics companies made combos in one form or another.  It was generally agreed that Pioneer Centrex was one of the better brands and were of good quality.