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how often and how much do you change/ spend your stylus?
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DESECRATOR777



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: how often and how much do you change/ spend your stylus? Reply with quote

i usually change the stylus every 16 months or so. and since bang olufsen stopped making them, i had to get one custom made this time the stylus ran me $175.00! Shocked

btw, i have a beogram rx 2 turntable. fuckin awesome sound. even on warped records!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a B&O. My wife broke it while putting on a free Chris Cornell 7" she got when she bought his 1st solo CD. The needle got stuck on her sweater. At the time I couln't believe it when I had to buy a replacement for $100. I got rid of the table. I wish I had kept it for a second table now though. I traded it to a store for a couple records and the owner built me a couple record shelves.
I bought a lot nicer table. I have a Clearaudio Virtuso wood. It sells for over $700-$800 in the US. At the time I bought it I got it off the "grey market" for half that. I sold a couple Isis 12"s and a few other things and they basically paid for the cartridge!!
I believe if you have a properly aligned cartridge and take care of it and your vinyl it should last for a very long time.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't changed mine in years. I really need to get a better turntable.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

last; time i changed it was 2 years ago. i'm due for a new one.
my turntable is nothing special but it holds up well, cost me 150bucks with my employee discount (used to work at sam ash)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they are of good quality, they will last a lot of years...and I mean A LOT. The one I got has like 5 years, and has no visible wear so far. I don't know where I will find another one though. It is a Fisher stereo. I have also a Technics turntable with a new stylus, which I will try to set up with my laptop. I have been tempted to buy those new truntable/recordable CD combos as they have become quite popular.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My question doesn't have much to do with the thread but i'm lazy to open a new one...what about these ION USB turnables? are this brand any good? Any experiences?

http://search.ebay.com/usb-turntable_W0QQ_trksidZm37QQdfspZ32QQfromZR40QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ34QQsbrsrtZd
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

throneofmight wrote:
My question doesn't have much to do with the thread but i'm lazy to open a new one...what about these ION USB turnables? are this brand any good? Any experiences?

http://search.ebay.com/usb-turntable_W0QQ_trksidZm37QQdfspZ32QQfromZR40QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ34QQsbrsrtZd

I have one. Haven't set it up though. Got it around Christmas time, but haven't gotten around to setting it up.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same record-player (and needle) since 1995 (SONY, just like the rest of my stereo). I am pretty satisfied with that, even if I always think about buying a new record-player (and whole hi-fi stereo as well), but I rather spend my money on (new + old) records, haha.

I would like to buy that turntable,
http://www.protected.de/artikel_9000/9550.htm

Any experience with that? Any other suggestions (in that price-class, or cheaper - or just a new needle for my SONY)

My Sony was about 199.00 DM back then (about 100.00 Euro)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got one of these_



Cost me about 1500$ some years ago. I changed the stylus once.

The clever HI-FI people I know says normaly you need to change it after 1000-1500 hours playing time, depending on the stylus and the condition of the LPs (old beat up vinyls = shorter living-time on the stylus).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn that looks sexy
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Astaroth



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

snaps666 wrote:
I got one of these_



Cost me about 1500$ some years ago. I changed the stylus once.

The clever HI-FI people I know says normaly you need to change it after 1000-1500 hours playing time, depending on the stylus and the condition of the LPs (old beat up vinyls = shorter living-time on the stylus).


I have a P3 as well but in white. CA Azur 640C CD player with the 640A amp. Also have the Yamaha KX-W421 dual tape deck. Speakers are B&W 603's like these:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

masters_throne wrote:
I have the same record-player (and needle) since 1995 (SONY, just like the rest of my stereo). I am pretty satisfied with that, even if I always think about buying a new record-player (and whole hi-fi stereo as well), but I rather spend my money on (new + old) records, haha.

I would like to buy that turntable,
http://www.protected.de/artikel_9000/9550.htm

Any experience with that? Any other suggestions (in that price-class, or cheaper - or just a new needle for my SONY)

My Sony was about 199.00 DM back then (about 100.00 Euro)


Better buy a used, but good condition, Thorens or something for that price. Somewhere is a thread with some more recommendations...

examples:

http://cgi.ebay.de/Thorens-TD-280-mkII-High-End-inkl-Stanton-500mkIII_W0QQitemZ260221641526QQihZ016QQcategoryZ75776QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.de/Thorens-TD-280-Exclusive-High-End_W0QQitemZ250226598096QQihZ015QQcategoryZ75776QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.de/Thorens-TD-280-MK-IV-Plattenspieler-System-Nadel-TOP_W0QQitemZ320229687039QQihZ011QQcategoryZ75776QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I'm not an expert, but I'm sure that these are like 100% better compared to that Lenco. If you have good luck, try to get a TD-320 or 325.



As we're on the theme right now...I'm about to replace my old Magnat speakers with IQ Ted 4 or 5 speakers. Does anyone have experiences with them ? I'm keen to know how these cult Ruhrpott speakers sound like with "Metal"...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im planning on buying a couple of extra in short time, so Im certain to have replacement. They dont cost much about 40-50 dollars.

I have Numark TTUSB turntable. Not wery expencive, but I like it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Show me you stereos (sorry for getting off topic).


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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