Updated December 11, 2019 — Updating for the holiday season. Please note I will only be able to do sales through Dec 19th this year, so let me know soon if you want something before Christmas.
Buying a refurbished vintage turntable from the Turntable Doc means you get my Lifetime Labor Warranty. As long as my eyes work and I can hold tools, I will do all that is in my power to keep your turntable running. You only pay for any worn or damaged parts. This is a much better deal than buying an entry-level new turntable which is made from inexpensive materials and will only have a 1-year warranty. I stand behind my work.
Also note that any of these can have different cartridges or styli installed if you’d prefer a different brand and/or an upgrade. If I’m selling a turntable with a used OEM stylus, it’s because that particular stylus sounds noticeably better than any new options I have on hand.
One last note: I am not shipping any turntables that I have for sale. I’ve just had too much trouble with shipping services and turntables and it’s difficult to provide long distance warranty service.
Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition or a purchase.
Denon DP-59L — $850 (sale pending)
This one is a stellar looker and performer — a seriously fantastic drive system coupled with a great arm, it sounds amazing. This is also one you have to see to appreciate the aesthetics of it. It’s not without minor cosmetic flaws, mostly cable marks on the dustcover and a couple really tiny marks on the base. But she’s still a stunning beauty with her big and bold polished wood plinth. Comes equipped with a lovely Signet TK5ea cartridge. Stylus is used but still sounds fantastic, and the cartridge is compatible with many new Audio Technica styli so you can buy new high-performance OEM replacements as needed. You can read more about this gem here.
Pro-Ject 1-Xpression III — $400
Very snazzy glossy piano black fully manual belt-drive deck with Pro-Ject’s carbon fiber arm. Great looker and performer. Fitted with a brand new motor and an excellent Shure M97xe cartridge. In great shape with just a few minor marks on the dustcover. Comes with original box.
Technics SL-1200 Mk2 — $425 ($375 without cartridge/headshell)
The classic workhouse DJ turntable and an outstanding performer. This one has been restored to meet my (very high) standards as a performing deck. The tonearm bearings are perfect and the problematic pitch components (the fader and zener diode D301) have been replaced with brand new ones. No dustcover. I have different cartridge options if interested or you can buy it with no cartridge or headshell for $50 less.
Dual 1219 — $300
A fine example of Dual’s excellent deluxe idler drive model from the early ’70s. Fully automatic with 33/45/78 speeds. This unit has been fully reconditioned and fitted with a Pickering XV-15 and a used but still excellent sounding D750 OEM stylus (I can provide styli for this cartridge if you’re interested in 78 RPM playback — these units are fantastic for this purpose). This unit would usually sell for much more but is discounted as it’s sitting on a cobbled-together plinth and dustcover.
Dual 522 — $200
Dual’s fully-automatic belt drive from 1980. These are solid and reliable performers. This one is fitted with a new belt, new aftermarket stylus on a Shure M95 cartridge, and a new steuerpimpel. Base and dustcover are in fine shape.
Pioneer PL-7 — $175
Quartz-locked direct drive fully automatic from Pioneer circa 1981. This is a great performer fitted with an outstanding Audio Technica LS500 cartridge. OEM stylus is used but still sounds great. Dust cover has some marks but works well.
Denon DP-7f — $175
Denon’s compact quartz-locked direct drive fully automatic with a p-mount tonearm. Denon decks from this era are known for having issues with failed capacitors, but those have been all replaced on this unit. This is a fine performer fitted with an excellent Audio Technica AT155LC/U cartridge. Stylus is used but still has lots of life left. Nice dustcover.
JVC L-F41 — $150
Fully auto JVC direct drive from the early ’80s. Solid performer with an Audio Technica AT110 cartridge and a new aftermarket stylus. Dust cover has some marks but is otherwise good.
Proformance Model 564 — $95
If you went to buy a linear tracking turntable from Sears in the early ’80s, this is what you would get. It’s actually a re-badged Sanyo P33. And here’s the crazy thing — it sounds way better than it should. Very nice performer outfitted with an excellent Audio Technica PM9000 cartridge and a new aftermarket stylus. Arm control belt is brand new. Dustcover has some marks and pitting. If you can deal with the fact that it’s a cheap unit and somewhat homely, this is probably the best bang-for-buck offering on this page.
Technics SL-J2 — $95
These are such nifty little decks — quartz-locked linear trackers with a track search feature! Excellent performers too. This one is a scratch and dent, thus the discounted price — the back corner was damaged in shipping and it has some marks on the top cover. It operates as an auto deck for 12″ records but needs to be set manually for 7″. Another excellent value as a starter unit.
Aiwa PX-E850 — $50
This is identical in features and performance to the Audio Technica AT LP60 (they look pretty much identical). Simple fully-auto belt drive with a built-in phono preamp and and AT cartridge. A fine little starter turntable in good shape.