Stereo Turntables (Page 2)

Philips GA-312

Philips GA-312 (Holland, 1978) $225


The Philips GA312 was made in Holland and is a semi-automatic two speed turntable.  At the end of play the table stops and the arm lifts but does not return to the holder.  This is a sprung chassis, belt-driven turntable with electronic speed control.  

Stylus force on the GA312 is set by means of the slide weight on the pick-up arm after this is balanced with the counterweight.   Photo-sensitive touch buttons with LEDs control the 33/45 speed as well as on/off.  In addition, there are top controls for adjusting platter speed if necessary.

The player is equipped with an adjustable anti-skate which applies a pre-set force to the arm.  The motor speed is continuously controlled and kept constant by solid state circuits in combination with a tacho-generator which is directly coupled to the motor shaft.  

The platter and the pick-up arm are mounted on a sub-chassis, which is damped, spring suspended from the rigidly mounted main chassis, absorbing mechanical shocks and external vibrations.  

The light bronze tinted original dustcover is damage free and a very fine, wrap-around walnut veneer on the lower base finishes off this beautiful turntable.


About Philips High Fidelity International...

Philips goes way back to the early 1900's and has always been a respected name in Europe and the Netherlands.  Their early development of loudspeaker technology pushed them into the high end section of audio.  A little known fact: They also invented and developed the cassette tape among other things.  Before they became well known in America, they were a leading maker of turntables, speakers and higher end electronics all over the rest of the world.  When they moved into the North American market, they dropped the "High Fidelity International" and became "Philips" and/or "Philips Laboratories". 

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Dual CS-505-2

Dual CS-505-2  (1986) $215

Truly a beautiful turntable, the Dual 505-2 is the second version of the 505, which means it has the improved arm which properly works with standard 1/2" mount cartridges. Earlier Dual turntables, such as the CS506 and CS505-1 had an inferior arm, which is most noticeably different because there is only one bolt in evidence on the headshell.  Besides its obvious good looks the Dual CS 505 uses a very effective floating chassis and the real natural walnut wooden plinth is very appealing.
In the Dual 505​-2​, a great deal of​ Dual's​ technical expertise ha​d​ been applied to acoustically decouple the entire turntable drive unit from the remainder of the casing.​  ​As a result, external interference is filtered out so effectively that it no longer has any audible effect on the music.​  Even the ​special anti-resonance mat used on the CS 505​-2​ filters and counteracts resonances which can be transmitted through the record player to the record.​  This is a semi-automatic, the arm lifts at end of play and the platter stops.​


About Dual...

Although Dual started in the early 1900's, it wasn't until 1958 when the introduction of stereophonic sound astounded the recording industry. In the spring of that year, Dual introduced stereo turntables that came with their own cartridges.  in the following years they invented a record stabilizing system where records could be stacked for multiple play without a record stabilizing arm on the top of the record stack.  Needless to say, Dual turntables are definitely one of the most famous names in the world when it comes to turntable technology.


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Sanyo Plus Q-40

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.


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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Optonica RP-4705

Optonica RP-4705 ('80-'82) $290

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, high end Accutex LPM-312 cartridge and stylus. 
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.  


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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Technics SL-QD3

Technics SL-QD3 (1985) $99 


The solid SL-QD3 is known as one of Technics' so-called "basic entry level" turntables used primarily in the rack systems that were so prevalent in the mid-80's.  However, it's still a reliable fully automatic with excellent stability and motor design.  The straight pipe tonearm is mounted with a nearly new Audio Technica cartridge/stylus.  This one has a dark charcoal grey plastic plinth and, for the price, is a real bargain!

Technics SL-1950

Technics SL-1950 (1977) $265


This is a near mint, one owner, fully automatic, changer/stacker, direct-drive unit with onboard strobe and multi-functional selectors, knobs and switches.  Included is the very rare original tall "spider" long play spindle, the VERY rare 45 RPM multi-play adapter and the original single play spindle.  Near cosmetically perfect, this SL-1950 is one of the better Technics automatic turntables.  It accurately plays up to six records at a time in the stacking mode and has a "memo" function that will repeat any single record up to 6 times (or more) .  

The unique and very well designed direct-drive motor is coupled magnetically to the platter for smooth and quiet operation.  

Usable in either manual or full auto mode, it has gentle feather soft cueing and S-shaped tonearm with the original headshell mounted with a Grado ZC+ cartridge/stylus.  The original large dust cover is in excellent cosmetic condition as well.  

As is typical of some Technics turntables, the SL-1950, while still a fantastic piece of vintage quality, is housed in a molded plastic plinth that tends to make some people overlook it's underlying excellent quality.  For a different look, we added real wood on the front facia.  Fortunately, the Technics brand of turntables enjoys a richly deserved reputation.


About TECHNICS / MATSUSHITA / PANASONIC
Founded in the 1920's, the huge Japanese conglomerate Matsushita had interests in many electronics companies.  The most well known would be Technics and Panasonic. Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965.  Eventually, Technics became a premium brand bringing classics like the SL-1200mkii turntable and the absolute monster receiver at the top of the list: Technics SA-1000 (330 watts per channel)


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