Stereo Turntables

Dual 604

Dual 604 (1979) $215

The Dual 604, from the late 70's, had all the technology that Dual had previously pioneered but, with even more advanced knowledge, they produced the 604 semi-automatic turntable that featured their EDS 500 electronically regulated direct-drive system.  

The unique tonearm is made of torsionally rigid tubular aluminium with a low friction, four-point gimbal suspension and counterbalance with two mechanical anti-resonance filters.  

The 604 also features pitch control (10% variable with calibration scale) and speed control with an illuminated stroboscope.

This good looking deck also has one of Dual's well-known features: the removable cartridge holder that lets you easily change standard 1/2" cartridges (from 3.5 to 10g).  Additionally, it has a 5mm adjustable overhang.

Mounted and included is a very nice Audio Technica AT130E cartridge/stylus with very low hours, practically new...

The original hinged dust cover and walnut veneer plinth complete the vintage design of this reliable, steady and great looking turntable from Dual.

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.



Rotel RP-1000

Rotel RP-1000 (1973) $220

The classic Rotel RP-1000 turntable is an early 70's beauty and getting hard to find, especially in such beautiful condition as this one is.  

The gorgeous tigerwood plinth is an immediate eye catcher.  

The RP-1000 is a belt drive with an acoustic feedback prevention suspension (fully sprung) and is a semi-automatic (auto-return)

The steady 4-pole synchronous motor is super accurate, one of the best of the belt-driven units from Rotel.  

A statically balanced S-shaped tonearm makes for perfect lateral placement and accurate tracking.

Built into the top of the plinth are not just one, but two headshell stands.

As with all our gear, everything is working just as it should. The tonearm bearings are nice and tight...the tinted dust cover is also near mint condition.

Also included are a full color copy of the original brochure and a copy of the owner's manual. 

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.



Project/One DR-331

Project/One DR-331  ('80-'85)  $235

Made in Japan by CEC for Playback Stereo (a long gone chain of hifi stores in the midwest), the Project/One DR-331 was one of their best decks.  The DR-331 along with most of all the Project/One equipment is well known for their excellent reputation, great function and superior design. 
This is a well-built, direct-drive unit.  Features include an onboard strobe, semi-automatic operation and a very unique three-point independent "floating" suspension above the plinth.
The platter, tonearm assembly and controls are "floating" separately from the base.
A low mass straight pipe tonearm with a combination cueing and reject switch is next to the speed selector switch.
Speed controls assure that correct playback RPMs are easy to control when necessary.
The lower half of the plinth is surrounded on all four sides by a band of real walnut veneer giving the DR-331 a touch of vintage class.

About Project/One...
At one time, during the 70's and 80's, there were many HiFi shops and electronics chain stores all over the country.  The West Coast was dominated by Pacific Stereo (Concept and Reference models), University Stereo and a few other smaller outfits while the Midwest was covered by the "Playback" chain of stores (their motto was "the electronics playground").
Besides the usual big names (Pioneer, Sansui, Yamaha, etc) Playback also had their own house brands.  Project/One was there top tier line (followed by the Skanda, and Kingsway models).
The very early Project/One receivers were made by Pioneer and rebranded by Playback.  Hence, today, some of the better receivers like the "Mark IV" and others are now considered very collectible and are beginning to command high prices.  
As the mid-70's rolled out, Project/One equipment eventually was sourced to other Japanese suppliers because Pioneer decided to quit making gear for them (and others).
Often confused with the other "ProJect" (those turntables are currently made in Czechoslovakia), Project/One is a completely different brand with no connection whatsoever.


JVC QL-A2 (1978) $230

The JVC QL-A2 direct-drive, quartz-locked, two-speed turntable is an excellent, well-built deck that plays great and sounds great.   The QL-A2 is one of JVC's late 70's turntables that was included as some of the best turntables to come out of Japan.
It is a semi automatic (automatic return and reject).  The table has excellent sound and vibration isolation. 
The QL-A2 features a quartz lock motor which is easily the table's best quality (-73dB rumble).  Also included is a brand new Ortofon cartridge/stylus.
The satin black and brushed aluminum plinth give it a mid-century modern look, stylish and cool...a really good looking turntable.

About JVC...
JVC was a great manufacturer of audio gear. The brand was sadly damaged during the recession of the late 80s and never really recovered from it. Originally, the Japan Victor Company was once associated with the RCA Victor Company. They built a name providing competing audio equipment at a lower price point than the more established names. However, their middle and upper range units were very good to exceptional...JVC and Denon turntables. Looking at the higher end turntables of the two manufacturers, there could be some merit, but who helped who is the big question.

Reference 610-T

Reference 610T (1980) $225

The high quality Reference 610-T is considered rare and has an elegant design by the same company, Pacific Stereo, that was responsible for the success of the Concept and Reference lineup, developed in the USA, built in Japan.
This is a DC direct drive, semi-automatic, very heavy, premium deck with a massive die-cast platter, ultra low-mass S-shape, satin black tonearm and proprietary satin black headshell, beautiful satin-black plinth with walnut side panels.  Like all the Reference series components, this is a very nice, very solid, very good looking hard to find vintage piece.


We had the good fortune to have worked at Pacific Stereo in the late 60's (back when they only had three stores!) Today, it's not commonly known but, at one time, (late 70's) all the house brands like Concept, Reference, Quadraflex, etc (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.



Technics SL-B200 (with walnut base)

Technics SL-B200 (1984)  $145 (or $185 with walnut base)

Nothing fancy here, just the typical Technics design of the mid-80's.  In other words...a reliable turntable with a famous name on the front.  
Simple to operate, this two-speed, belt drive, semi-automatic SL-B200 was one of the entry level units put out by Technics as the 80's rack systems began to show up everywhere.  
However, this SL-B200 is no slouch since it has a few bonus additions that makes it even better...built-in strobe and speed controls.  
Also, to make it even easier to operate, you never have to worry about setting the tonearm weight because it was permanently set at the factory and needs no adjustments.
Fitted with a nice Technics P228 cartridge/stylus, this is a great bargain at a very low price or, for an additional $40, we will include the very nice Design Acoustics walnut base as shown in the photo.  

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)