Stereo Turntables (Page 2)

Pioneer PL-510

Pioneer PL-510 (1977)  $225


The Pioneer PL-510 is a high quality, direct-drive, manual turntable that has a  massive, die-cast, aluminum-alloy platter gives an immediate impression of quality.  The brushed aluminum top is blended with the charcoal satin finish and surrounded below by dark walnut veneer...gorgeous!! 

The strobe marks on the rim tell you that you don't have to worry about perfect accuracy of speed.

The lightweight S-shaped tubular design tonearm is made like a scientific instrument and seems to have practically no mass when you lift it off the arm rest.  

The controls are a sensuous delight to touch and are functionally grouped for one-handed operation.  

Included is a very nice Pickering XV-15 cartridge and D-ATE-4 stylus.

But the most expensive feature of the PL-510 is hidden under the platter. Direct drive. With a brushless DC servo-controlled motor. The same as in the costliest turntables.

That's why the rumble level is down to -60 dB by the JIS standard.

And that's why the wow and flutter remain below 0.03%.

You can't get performance like that with idler drive or even belt drive. 

At the time the PL-510 was introduced, it was truly the inaudible component a turntable should be.

Vibrations due to external causes, such as heavy footsteps, are completely damped out by the PL-510's double-floating suspension. The base floats on rubber insulators inside the four feet. And the turntable chassis floats on springs suspended from the top panel of the base. Stylus hopping and tone arm skittering become virtually impossible.

Even the turntable mat is made of a special vibration-absorbing material.

Pioneer PL-12D

Pioneer PL-12D (1973)  $175 

​The PL-12D was one of Pioneer's early 70's turntables that looks and operates like a fancy version of the famous and highly respected AR-XA.  

A basic, beautiful, manually operated deck, this PL-12D ​seriously looks and runs like it just came out of the box.  

Some features include:

Simple and clean, it has a fine synchronous motor (low wow and flutter)...

Steady belt-drive (new belt)...

Damped cueing with simultaneous movement with the start lever...

And, the beautifully balanced s-shaped tonearm has the original Pioneer head shell (mounted with a high quality Pickering XV-15 cartridge and D400 stylus).

The original dust cover is in excellent shape.  

The walnut veneer plinth is like new as well.

The PL-12D is a beautiful example of the vintage quality that made Pioneer so highly desirable.


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.


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Yamaha YP-211
Yamaha YP-211 (1978) $230


Recognizable and uniquely Yamaha, the YP-211 is a handsome turntable with its teak veneer covering the entire plinth.

Aside from the obvious good looks and design, the YP-211 added a twist to the semi-automatic operation.  Almost a full auto, it has a unique "play/reject" lever that leaves your hands free while starting the record.  

The original chrome anti-skate hanging dongle is included (those chrome dongles are almost always missing).  Yamaha designers chose a light grey colored platter mat to add a unique touch of elegance as it blends well with the teak finish.  

The solid, accurate motor in the YP-211 was made by Fujiya Audio (Japan), the same motor in many better Marantz, Luxman, etc turntables.  

All in all, another of the very nice Yamaha tables.


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.

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Music Hall MMF 2.1

Music Hall MMF 2.1 (Czechoslovakia,  2008)  $200 

This Czech made Music Hall 2.1 is a manually operated deck that is utilitarian in design with a solid MDF plinth and metal platter mounted in a custom solid oak base.  The rubber suspended belt drive motor is totally accurate.   

Speed selection is made by removing the platter and moving the belt from the larger 45 RPM pulley or smaller 331/3 RPM pulley. The power switch is on the top left hand side of the table. The plinth itself has a nice finish with a layer of black ash veneer and is a very handsome unit with the added base.   

The 2.1 features a  10 inch platter and the straight pipe tonearm has a very nice Shure M97Xe cartridge/stylus with minimal wear.  The original dust cover is in excellent condition as well.

About Music Hall...

Since they were founded in 1985, Music Hall defines themselves as a company "dedicated to designing and selling well-priced, top quality, high end audiophile components"

Similar in style, design and origin to Pro/Ject turntables, Music Hall manufactures their own range of turntables in the Czech Republic. These are produced in a factory that has been making turntables for over 50 years. All Music Hall turntables come fitted with arms, cartridges and dust covers. They consistently make the “Recommended Components” list in Stereophile Magazine.


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Sony PS-2350

Sony PS-2350 (1975 )  $225

Surrounded with flawless real walnut veneer on the plinth, the Sony PS-2350 is a gorgeous and very rare turntable.  

This is a belt drive system with a rock-steady four pole synchronous motor.  

The PS-2350 has semi-automatic operation (tonearm return with reject button).

Among its many features:

Highly selective static balanced S-shaped tonearm, shock-mounted static balanced counterweight with direct reading scale, adjustable feet with rubber feedback insulation, low capacitance phono cables and removable tinted dustcover.

This PS-2350 will come with a new Ortofon Omega cartridge and stylus (not shown in photo).



About Sony...

There's nothing we can add when it comes to one of the most famous names of all times in electronics...Sony.  Everyone, everywhere, knows that name and, generally speaking, knows that name represents quality in just about everything they produced.


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Optonica RP-4705 ('80-'82) $290 short demo video --->

For those of you who are upscale-minded Optonica collectors (like us), we offer this very unique and beautiful RP-4705 fully automatic direct-drive turntable.  In flawless cosmetic and working condition with the original Optonica unique headshell and, as an added plus, it's mounted with a very nice *Accutex LPM-312 cartridge and stylus (see note below) 
The RP-4705 is a quartz-locked, direct drive turntable featuring simple push button operation, even with the crystal clear solid glass top lowered in position. 

Accurate speed controls are verified by the strobe window on the front of the platter. 

The beautiful glass top that covers the dark grey aluminum "well" (plinth) and protects the platter and tonearm, swings up on heavy duty hinges.  

Truly this is a stunning setup designed to impress and built to excellent specs. 


*Note: The Acutex LPM-312 cartridge/stylus has a number of qualities that tend to put it in a higher class than the "average" setup.  "LPM" stands for "Lowest Possible Mass".  

The cartridge is a "Tri-Pole Induced Magnetic System" (MM, moving magnet) with a frequency response of 20Hz - 35kHz
The bonded, modified "Shibata tri-radial" (STR) stylus has an aluminum alloy cantilever.  The stylus was named after the Japanese engineer who originally designed the the stylus for the complicated demands of quadraphonic recordings but, it's absolutely perfect for stereo.Although this LPM-312 is not new, it still sounds just fine... 


About Optonica...
Slowly becoming more popular, the once "under the radar" Optonica components have been rising in price for collectors of fine vintage audio gear.  Sharp Industries of Japan, the parent company, decided to go all out and compete with the best of the competition of the era.  History shows that they told their labs and designers to create the brand "Optonica" and go full bore. spare no expense towards designing unique, high end components that would stand out in the crowded audio marketplace of the 70's and 80's.  Their decision to jump in the market was almost too late to have a major impact because by the end of the 70's and early 80's, the so-called "Golden era of HiFi was coming to an end...

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Micro Seiki MB-15

Micro Seiki MB-15 ('76-'80)  $235


From very expensive, high-end turntables to budget models, truth be told, Micro Seiki never made a cheap turntable...a few less expensive models to be sure but never cheap.

In 1976, using the same technology that introduced the famous Micro Seiki DDX-1000, they released the mid-level, belt-drive MB-15 as a less expensive alternative with its own elegance and understatement in design.  Other than the motor drive, they both had the same, very excellent S-shaped tonearms (solid feel, no wobble), same electronic automatic tonearm lift and shutoff along with the identical solenoid oil-damped cueing. 

An electronic sensor controls shut-off and arm-lift operation: a "Hall-effect" IC sensor detects a change in tonearm speed at the end of the record and activates a viscous-damped device which lifts the tonearm and shuts off power.

Its diecast aluminum platter is driven by a 4-pole synchronous motor coupled with a precision polished belt that effectively acts a damping device; wow and flutter is less than 0.06%

A solenoid-activated cueing system and an easy-to-adjust anti-skating control are among its attractions.

The semi-automatic Micro Seiki MB-15 has a beautiful champagne faux-metallic plinth.

Mounted and included on the tonearm is a very nice Ortofon OM-3E cartridge & stylus.


About Micro-Seiki...

​The company was founded in 1961, in Tokyo, as a maker of high-precision metal parts but was not primarily an audio company at first. It didn't get into the turntable business until 1976 with the massive DDX-1000, which accepted up to three tonearms simultaneously. The company continued to make turntables throughout the '70s and '80s. But it fell on hard times and shipped its last turntable in 2001. Even today Even today, Micro-Seiki still has a large international fan base.
Micro Seiki's eight or nine product lines boasted 89 turntables and 18 tonearms.  The assortment is epic, with belt drive and direct drive both well represented, and a variety of price points from entry level to bleeding edge.
It's a little known fact that that Luxman turntables, back in the day, had been manufactured by Micro Seiki. And, as is well known today, Micro Seiki has a well-earned reputation for making high-performance turntables under its own name


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Sanyo Plus Q40

Sanyo Plus Q40  (1979) $200

This beauty is a Quartz PLL direct-drive, fully automatic turntable and one of Sanyo's higher end, premium quality Plus series of audio components.
A masterful design of high quality with many features including: 

Simple push buttons for full auto operation, 

low mass straight pipe tonearm, 

quartz locked speed with illuminated strobe, 

high density base for virtual near zero resonance, 

slow motion liquid smooth cueing and 

retro/modern satin back plinth and brushed aluminum frame with wood highlights.
The Plus Q-40 is mounted with a very nice Empire 90 EE/X cartridge / stylus and the original dust cover is crystal clear.

Sanyo TP-626

Sanyo TP-626 (1977) $225


Here's another rare beauty, made in Japan by CEC for Sanyo. 

The TP-626 is a heavy (well-braced) high-performance, auto-return, stereo turntable that was designed and engineered to be a source of entertainment and listening pleasure for many years to come.
The specs and build quality for this elegant, semi-automatic, 2-speed, belt-drive turntable are very, very good.  The static balanced S-shaped tonearm comes fitted with a very nice lighweight aluminum headshell fitted with a new Ortofon Omega cartridge/stylus.

The design of the 626 is a departure from the usual, basic styling of most vintage decks out there. The simple controls along with the twin chrome counterweights and anti-skate pendulum all combine to set this apart.  

The 626 is fairly heavy at 16 lbs and has a unique greyish-green wooden plinth that sits on a secondary black wooden base.  Basically the entire unit is pristine and the original dust cover is free from any blemishes.  

Like we said earlier...pretty rare, hardly ever seen for sale (especially in this fantastic condition) because they're keepers.  It is certainly one of the better Sanyo turntables ever made. 

Sanyo TP-1010

Sanyo TP-1010 (1978)  $165


The Sanyo TP-1010 was a so-called "entry-level" turntable yet was still a basic copy of the slightly more expensive TP-1012.  The biggest difference was the belt drive on the 1010 vs direct-drive on the 1012.  

The PLL servo motor on the 1010 is a worry free, reliable performer.

The 1010 is a semi-automatic, two-speed turntable with a steady, even performance.

A nice feature on the 1010 (and seldom found on most belt drive units) is the topside built-in strobe and speed controls with an electronic speed change function.  Even though this one has a brand new belt, any fluctuation in the motor speed (in the future) is easily fixed with a slight turn of the 33 or 45 speed adjustments. 

The TP-1010 has a convenient cueing lever so you don't have to worry about accidentally dropping the static balance S-shaped tonearm on the record.  

The entire unit along with the original dust cover is in very good condition.

Sanyo, in an attempt to enhance the economical yet boring look of plastic, included a walnut veneer strip that wraps around the front and sides of the grey plinth...a nice design touch.


About Sanyo...

Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. was a Japanese major electronics company and formerly a member of the Fortune Global 500.  They were one of the few electronics companies (like Hitachi) that made most of their own high fidelity components in-house using their own parts.  They also supplied some of the other big names like Pioneer, Sansui, etc. with Sanyo built parts and components. Their late 70's JCX series and the much improved "Plus Series" of components are very well known and in high demand by audiophiles.  At one point in their history, they had over 230 subsidiaries and affiliates.  Sanyo was eventually bought by Panasonic in 2009. 

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