Stereo Turntables

Polished turntable feet and clamps...

Polished Adjustable Feet  (set of 4)  $130/set

for Pioneer PL-530, PL-117, Yamaha, Marantz & other turntables

These are brand new polished aluminum adjustable feet to replace broken or missing turntable feet. They are machined out of 6061 aluminium, made in NC USA. These custom turntable feet are precisely machined to fit in place of many different vintage turntable with minor modifications.  They easily replace those that have disintegrated over time. They feature pliable rubber attached to the bottoms that absorb vibration. The height can be adjusted up to .580 inches. The outside diameter is 2.0 and the height is 2.0-2.58   Designed to Pioneer PL-530, PL-115, PL-117, Yamaha YP-B2, Marantz 6150 and many others.



Aluminum record clamp (turntable record weight) $55 (each)


These brand new turntable weights are machined out of 6061 aluminum in North Carolina USA.  Designed to help smooth out slightly warped records (and help with distortion which will result in a deeper more prominent bass presence.) They are also aesthetically pleasing to the eyes!  They weigh in at 13.2oz or 375 grams, measure 3.45in or 87.63mm in diameter at the base and are 1.35" or 34.29 mm tall. 
They will fit under most turntable dust covers however there may be some exceptions.



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Marantz 6200

Marantz 6200 ('76-'77)  SOLD

The beautiful and distinctive 6200 is one of the best looking turntables that was designed by Marantz, and built by CEC in Japan, in the late 70's.  

If you love Marantz and all you want to do is push one button, kick back and listen to the music, the 6200 is the one for you.

It features a two-speed AC servo motor belt drive system, strobe-referenced electronic speed tuning, a precision tone arm with calibrated tracking force anti-skating adjustment, hydraulically damped cueing, fully automatic (automatic start & return & repeat functions), and low capacitance cables.   

The elegant look of the 6200 is easily recognizable thanks to the distinctive Marantz script logos, full wrap-around dark walnut veneer and the aluminum designer plate displaying all the controls. 

The original Marantz aluminum headshell has a very nice Empire EXL-20 cartridge and S912E stylus.  

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 early 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, the Marantz name gradually declined in popularity.


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Pioneer PL-117D

Pioneer PL-117D ('76-'78)  SOLD

The Pioneer PL-117D is a fully automatic, belt drive deck with a "double-floating" chassis and best described as an economic engine with elegance and reliability.  With the same "Hall Effect" hi-torque 4-pole synchronous motor as in the legendary PL-12, it's a workhorse.  
As with other better tables from Pioneer, the PL-117D combined quiet, stable turntable rotation with convenient automatic operation (or manual operation if you choose).  

Pioneer claimed 0.07% wow and flutter and a very high signal-to-noise ratio of 63dB.

Something Pioneer did with the PL-117D that put it in a higher class of quality was the angular contact bearing at the revolving point of the tone arm's ball-bearing which ensured precise tracking during play.  The tonearm is fitted with a new Ortofon cartridge & stylus.

The base and high density cabinet design (besides just being gorgeous) is very strong, howling-free and typical of Pioneer's craftsmanship.  Even the feet are basically insulators composed of butyl rubber and natural rubber to prevent vibrations from surfaces below the turntable.

The matte gray and walnut veneer plinth design is very distinctive and quickly identifies the PL-117D as a classy vintage turntable.

Pioneer PL-55

Pioneer PL-55 (1975)  $300


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.  Very easy to operate with its fluid semi-automatic operation (auto return) more features include two-speeds, pitch controls, speed controls, soft damped cueing and much more.  

The static balanced S-shaped tonearm is fitted with a new Ortofon 2M Red cartridge/stylus mounted on a stunning Ortofon SH-4 headshell.
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 nearly identical with minor differences. 

The PL-55 has a topside strobe speed plate that is easily referred to on those rare occasions you might want to calibrate the speed 
The actual design of the plinth (base) itself is heavy and well constructed with a two-tone dark walnut and dark satin grey veneer.  This PL-55 has a large gorgeous and pristine tinted dust cover.  

The sub-chassis is supported by four spring loaded adjustable feet to help decrease any acoustic feedback.  

This is a premium, stunning vintage turntable.


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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Technics SL-D2

Technics SL-D2 ('79-'80)  $200


Other than the interesting (and unique) custom wood base, the Technics SL-D2 turntable is one of the most common decks made by Technics. 
It's a great table for those just starting to explore the vinyl universe. It is semi-automatic and features both auto-return and auto-stop. 
It's also a direct drive table incorporating a brushless DC motor. It has the typical S-shaped tubular tonearm with a Technics removable headshell.

The SL-D2 hit the market around 1980 and retailed for about $200. Not bad for a good quality table if you were on a budget. Even today they are very good performers if taken care of.  

One of the nicer features, the plinth is made of "Technics Non Resonant Compound" which is a resin material that is noticeably quieter than some of the cheaper plastic plinths Technics used on other tables.

The Sl-D2 is a workhorse of a turntable and will play reliably for years.


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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Craig (Hitachi) 5102

Craig/Hitachi 5102 ('77-'82)  $200


Craig Electronics began to move away from their less expensive HiFi gear during the time when they had a quiet but strong connection to Pioneer in the 70's.  Hitachi and Sanyo got involved later in the development of Craig's "Series 5000" vintage components that were all sold under the Craig label...very good stuff!
This beautiful turntable could be sarcastically referred to as "the poor man's version" of the famous Thorens TD-125 since the cosmetic design is very similar.  
For Craig, it was part of their venture into the "higher end" of audio when they came out with the "Series 5000" components in the late 70's.  
The Craig 5102 turntable motor and transport system is very similar to the Hitachi HT series era of turntables.  The platter, wiring and mechanism is all Hitachi...a great looking design and well-built deck for sure.
Quite large and heavy, the 5102 is a two-speed, belt-drive, semi-automatic unit with large smooth pushbutton operation.  
The large plinth is a gorgeous design using the combination of near perfect walnut veneer and aluminum.  Photos don't do it justice, it is actually much more impressive in person.
The S-shaped arm and swing-away anti-skate dongle are smooth and clean.  The auto-return is also smooth.
The huge tinted perplex dust cover is very clean, no damage.  The entire turntable is in excellent cosmetic and working condition.
To say this Craig 5102 was a surprise is an understatement.  It's one of the more beautiful designs we've seen...

About Craig...
Originally founded in the 1930's as Craig-Panorama by Robert Craig to distribute photographic products. They became best known in the 1960's for their tape recorder products that they sourced from Hitachi, Sanyo, Pioneer and others, initially these were mostly reel-to-reel but the company expanded into the 8-track cartridge market in the latter half of the decade. They met with spectacular success in the emerging car audio market. The end result being that in the last 2 decades of the company's life it was able to produce some respected components in the very crowded home stereo market.  By the late 70's, thanks to strong relationships and source materials from Pioneer, Hitachi, Sanyo, JVC and other Japanese companies, the very well made (now vintage) Craig "Series 5000"  components are, today, steadily rising in price among collectors.  Basically, despite all the history, Craig remains mostly known as a provider of car audio products and novelty high tech electronics.

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JVC QL-A2
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.

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Reference 610-T

Reference 610T (1980) $225

The high quality Reference 610-T turntables, when in great condition like this one, are somewhat rare and have an elegant design.  

All of the Reference series units were sold by Pacific Stereo.  They were responsible for the great success of the Concept and Reference models, developed in the USA and built in Japan.
This 610-T 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 satin black headshell.

The beautiful black satin finished plinth is complimented with real walnut side panels.  

This also has a new custom acrylic dust cover. 

Like all the Reference series components, this is a very nice, very solid, very good looking vintage deck.

About CONCEPT AND REFERENCE... 

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.

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MCS 6601
MCS 6601 Technics SL-2000 ('77-'81)  $200


This beauty​ was originally designed by Technics and sold by JC Penney​.  Except for a few minor

cosmetic design changes, it's basically the same as the Technics SL-2000.

The 6601 is a direct-drive, semi-automatic (auto-return) and has ​Technic's famous brushless DC motor, which operates free from power line fluctuations and trouble causing heat and hum.​ ​The absence of moving parts in the motor meant better reliability and longer service life.

Completely accurate platter speed is guaranteed by a one chip IC servo control, a simple and compact unit equivalent to 78 electronic components.

The result of all this precision is wow and flutter of only 0.045% WRMS and rumble of -70dB DINB.

A precisely manufactured tonearm ensures minimum tracking error and optimum mass distribution for high compliance cartridges.  A brand new Ortofon cartridge/stylus is mounted on the tonearm.

Clear and clean sound reproduction is assisted by the insulation fiber board and a newly developed insulator which effectively shields the motor and tonearm assembly from outside vibrations.

The heavy tonearm base also works to prevent vibration and subsonic resonances.

Other features of the MCS 6601 include a fine-scale direct reading anti-skating device, an illuminated stroboscope, independent pitch controls variable by up to 10%, viscous damped cueing and an black aluminium diecast universal headshell.

MCS 6502

MCS 6502 (Modular Component Systems, 1978)  $200


As is fairly common knowledge these days, JC Penney contracted with various suppliers to build the "MCS" branded turntables...mostly Matsushida (Technics) and CEC of Japan. 

Surprisingly (or not), the 6502 is one fine looking turntable...very desirable and extremely reliable.  

The beautiful rosewood veneer plinth is really cool and is in pristine condition.  

This is a 2-speed, semi-automatic, belt drive unit with cueing, strobe, anti-skate and very attractive, well designed controls on the top deck. 

The S-shaped tonearm is of very good quality and the motor is steady and reliable.  

In summary, it's great looking and easy to use.  The original owner's manual is included.


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.


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Realistic Lab 270

Realistic Lab 270 (1980) $200


Rediscovered and packed away properly in its original box (after being in storage for over 20 years), this Realistic Lab 270 is absolutely like new!

One of the many excellent turntables made in Japan for Radio Shack by CEC, it personifies the vintage look and it's a gorgeous piece.

Lesser known as its more popular Lab cousins (like the Lab 400 & 440), the Lab 270 is a rock-solid, two-speed, belt-drive, semi-automatic deck with a powerful DC servo motor.

It delivers unwavering accurate speed with instant acceleration.  

The belt-drive system (with a new belt) absorbs the slightest vibration of the motor, no noise, all you hear is the music.

The traditional S-shaped tonearm has fresh oil that raises and the lowers the arm with smooth, damped cueing.

The original dust cover and walnut veneer plinth with its very nice white silkscreen lettering are also flawless.


About Realistic, Optimus (Radio Shack, Tandy Corp)...
Realistic branded vintage stereo gear is all over the place.  Some of it is right up there in quality with the best of Pioneer, Sansui, etc.  Also, some of it is just...ok.   Their best era was during the 70's when they successfully competed head-to-head with all the big names in high fidelity.  They sourced practically all their products from Japan and sometimes had the exact same components inside their gear as the competition but at a much lower price.  


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