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Re: arsclist turntable advise

Steve Weiss wrote:

> We're looking to buy a new turntable to play 45s, lps, 78s and 16"
> transcription discs for our audio preservation studio.
> Does anyone have experiences with a Rek-O-Kut Rondine 3 turntable that
> they could relate? Any suggestions or turntable recommendations would be

The Rek-O-Kut turntables have not been made for many years.

I strongly recommend against buying a "vintage" turntable like this for any
archival or restoration purposes.

Parts are not available, and rubber idler wheels have usually dried out 
and hardened.  Designs were usually not attentive to rumble and noise
and THAT you can't fix.  Most had no ability to adjust speed to correctly
"pitch" an off speed recording.

Get a modern design turntable with a good arm cartridge and a proper sized
stylus for the discs you are dealing with. 

Check the SOURCES and LINKS pages on my web site for where to find them. 

Alternatively, put your own together using a turntable like a Technics SP-15
and an SME 3012-R arm... see the following picture of my transfer turntable
using these components.


... Graham Newton

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