I think I found the pairs you are talking about.. What's up with that thing in the middle? I'm sure it has something to do with DJ'ing, but is it attached? And the one pair doesn't even look like it has arms.
I'm taking a look at a used Tech 12 tomorrow. Owner claims it was bought new in 09, asking quite a reasonable price, so going with cash in hand hoping it's as claimed. If that pans out, it's time to go shopping for the rest of the kit.
So, I now own a Technics SL-1200 MK5, of 2010 vintage. The guy selling it no longer had the rubber mat, only the DJ slipmat, so I ordered a replacement rubber mat online (found a store that still has the original technics parts for a reasonable price).
The cartridge I was sold with the turntable is a Shure M44-7 which I will be replacing in the near future with something less DJ-ish. It worked well enough for a little test drive.
I haven't yet decided on a preamp. My listening so far is via a DJ mixer I borrowed from a friend.
I have to say it's a very beautiful turntable. I'm glad I bought it.
Post by Shaxspear III Esq. on Jul 27, 2011 9:27:15 GMT -8
The M44-7 is what I used to dj. It's a reasonable price, decent sound, and was at the time the most stable needle for scratching. Hold onto it because if you have any old vinyl that has scratches, that needle might hold up to it.
And I also picked up a couple of previously-enjoyed selections from my friendly local new/used record store to celebrate the new turntable.
I thought the particular choices might amuse others on the board. I had neither of these 2 in my current collection of digital / CD music, so figured they'd be good ones to add. I've listened to them before, of course, just never owned them.