Stereo Turntables

MVCS 6601

MCS 6601 (Technics, 1979) $200

The MCS 6601 is definitely a Technics-made unit with the same motor, tonearm and main circuit board as the well known Technics SL-1900. The basic difference is topside cosmetics and, in our humble opinion, the 6601 is better looking than the SL-1900.​  

Originally sold by JC Penney as part of their house branded "Modular Component Series", the 6601 is a 2-speed, direct-drive, semi-automatic with onboard strobe, cueing, anti-skate and variable pitch controls for both 33 and 45 RPM settings.  

The entire unit is finished in satin black MDF with white silkscreen lettering.

The 6601 features a heavy platter linked to the direct drive mechanism and an acoustically damped base to help prevent rumble and feedback problems.  The excellent Technics motor has a quartz lock loop for accurate and stable speed.  
This is one of the better MCS turntables that Technics designed for JC Penney.

About MCS (Modular Component Systems)...
MCS was the house brand for JC Penney back in the 70's and was often passed over by audiophiles simply because it was sold by Penney's.  However, in our opinion, whoever worked for JC Penney's electronics acquisition department at the time certainly had discerning taste which resulted in some very good products being offered. There is some debate over who actually manufactured the MCS series for JC Penney. Most seem to agree that it was either NEC while others mention Technics. 
Probably the different models in the MCS line were made by different manufacturers, all of whom designed great products for Penney's.  By the late 70's, it was near the end of the receiver power wars and despite the fact that most of the mid to high range MCS units had actually incorporated some of the latest technology at the time, digital was looming on the horizon and was about to change the face of HiFi.



Rotel RP-1100Q

Rotel RP-1100Q (1978) $200

This classic Rotel table is a vintage beauty and getting harder to find in such beautiful condition!  The gorgeous tigerwood plinth is an immediate eye catcher.  

The RP-1100Q is a two speed belt drive, with a fully sprung floating suspension and perfectly operates as a semi-automatic (auto-return)

As with all our gear, it's in great shape and everything is working just as it should. 

The bearings in the static balanced, 4-pole hysterisis arm are nice and tight.

The original tinted dust cover is also in great condition.

About Rotel... 

Rotel is a highly respected and well established, 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 Classé Audio.



Denon CP-35F

Denon DP-35F ('82-'85)  $265

The DP-35F features Denon's dynamic servo tracer, direct-drive system to control low frequency resonance in the low mass straight tonearm.  This beautiful DP-35F deck has outstanding anti-howling characteristics achieved by a cabinet made of satin black HDC (high density compound).

This is a fully automatic with feather touch controls for start/stop, arm up/down, repeat, speed selection (servo by frequency detection and phase servo control) and record size.

The lightweight straight tonearm extracts the maximum performance from the very fine (very rare) Audio Technica AT73Ea dual magnet cartridge/stylus with low hours included with the turntable.  The cartridge is rated at 15-26K frequency response.

Finally, the unit is fitted with Denon's unique magnetic record detection system.

About vintage Denon...

The Denon brand was first established in 1947 when Nippon Columbia merged with Japan Denki Onkyo.  They further went on in May 2002 whenDenon Ltd and Marantz of Japan Inc. merged to become one company.

Many of Denon's audio creations have become highly sought after by true audiophiles as Denon never skimped on quality, they chose to make the best gear with the best parts available at the time.




Acoustic Research AR-XA (mid-to-late 60's) $265

A classic piece of vintage history, this​ restored Acoustic Research ​M​odel XA turntable​ is one of the very early models​. 

This a fully manually operated ​turntable, you must gently place the tone arm on the record to start listening and lift it at the end. There is no cueing device. 

​This one has the​ ​oiled​ walnut veneer plinth. ​It was completely disassembled and all moving parts were cleaned and​ ​lubed. ​It has new gold-plated outputs, new belt, and a new capacitor for the motor. 

The plinth was re-oiled; the deck retains its original textured, vibration-damping finish. A new acrylic hinged dust cover is included.  ​The correct and original headshell is fitted with a Shure M91ED cartridge and stylus, properly aligned. 

The plinth was re-oiled; the deck retains its original textured, vibration-damping finish. No dust cover.​  Included is a copy of the original owner's manual, brochure and related paperwork.​

A​bout AR turntables​...

The first turntables were shipped to dealers in 1961. They were a completely assembled package except for the pickup cartridge: the drive/platter system mounted on a finished wooden base, tonearm, power and amplifier cables, turntable mat, overhang plate, stylus force gauge transparent dust cover. The initial price was $58, on which the company lost money. It was sub-sequentially raised in steps, in 1972 it was still only $90.

The turntable quickly gained profitability, and AR sold hundreds of thousands of them. Although it was the least expensive quality turntable on the market, many reviewers and consumer organizations rated it the best-with one exception. Stereophile thought it was good, but said that the spindle was too big. In fact that was an incorrect call; the spindle diameter was precisely what industry standard specified.



Pro-Ject 2.1 and custom console

Pro~Ject 1.2 (1999) $250 

The Pro~Ject 1.2 is a manual operation unit with an power switch located under the plinth.  However, for added convenience, it's now easily powered on/off by the added wireless remote control. The 1.2 was the earlier version of the Pro-Ject Debut III and is basically the same turntable.  

No other analogue hi-fi product was more often honored to be a real "Best Buy" than the this one. It was (and still is) considered a real bargain with outstanding sound quality!  

This Pro~Ject 2.1 was carefully retro-fitted into a beautiful mid-70's vintage real walnut mini-console with thick curved perplex smoked dust cover (with heavy duty hinges).  As mentioned before, the setup is powered on/off very simply using the included wireless remote control key fob.  The turntable audio cables are connected to your receiver as normal.

A truly unique, one-of-a kind high quality setup that would be a central focus in any vintage stereo system.

The Pro~Ject 1.2: 

• Plinth is made out of MDF in matte black 

• 3 lb balanced steel platter with felt mat  

• Bearing Block 3: Low-tolerance chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a polished ball bearing in a brass bearing housing  

• Motor decoupled to reduce vibration  

• Special, resonance damping feet are copied through the base of the console 


The Tonearm 8.6 D  (with Sumiko Oyster cartridge/stylus)

• 8.6" tone-arm with aluminum headshell made out of one piece  

• Inverted tonearm bearing comprises inverted hardened stainless steel points and sapphire thrust-pads  

• Single-screw fixing of arm-tube allows rotation for easy adjustment of needle azimuth despite fixed headshell  

• Silicon damped tone-armlift 

About Pro~Ject...

Pro~Ject Audio Systems is an Austrian company, founded in 1990 in Vienna by Heinz Lichtenegger.  At that time, analog music reproduction was declared as ‘dead’ and CDs were the rising star.  Around this time, the Iron Curtain fell and Heinz discovered a factory in the Czech Republic, which was just in the process of closing down their turntable production plant. Everybody declared him nuts, but he was convinced to restart the production.  The products were redesigned and improved from older existing designs, to achieve the following criteria: great sound, great value, easy to use and built for long-term use. This was, and remains, Pro-Ject’s formula for success. Without exception, all Pro~Ject products are designed according to these objectives. While there have been many different turntable designs from Pro-Ject since the beginning, the original ones (like the Pro~Ject 2.1) are still some of the best...pure analog, no bells and whistles, and very good motor technology.



JVC QL-A2 (1978) $200

The JVC QL-A2 direct-drive, quartz-locked, two-speed turntable is a very good, well-built deck.
It plays great and sounds great. 
It is a semi automatic (automatic return and reject).  The table has good sound and vibration isolation and adjustable isolating feet. The QL-A2 features a quartz lock motor, easily the table's best quality (-73dB rumble).  Also included is a new Ortofon cartridge/stylus.
The satin charcoal finished plinth really does 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) $180

Rare with 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.