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  • Closed: Sun 12 Feb 2012, 9:30 pm
Listing #: 446286427
Good condition Acoustic Research “The Turntable” with lots of mods & tweaks in line with what Merrill–Scillia & Vinyl Nirvana recommend. Comes fitted with a Rega RB300 arm with Discovery internal/external rewire, Expressimo Heavy Weight, & a Grado Platinum cartridge (output of 4.5mV).

I've had this turntable for about 5 years & have progressively undertaken more & more of the MS & Vinyl Nirvana mods to get it to it’s current form. Its easily as good, if not better, than most of the Linn LP12’s that often come up on TM. I’ve owned several LP12’s so I can pass that comment with confidence.

The work undertaken & parts upgraded include:

• Addition wood bracing added to the inside of the plinth
• Respray of the plinth 3 years ago
• Second hand subchassis with excellent condition bearing housing purchased from George Merrill himself plus the ‘special’ MS black oil ($120US)
• Acrylic armboard also purchased from George Merrill ($50US)
• New springs, grommets, & belt ($60US)
• Vinyl Nirvana upgraded drive platter spindle ($125US)
• Vinyl Nirvana upgraded co-polymer drive pulley ($90US)
• Second hand Merrill–Scillia acrylic platter ($150US)
• Merrill-Scillia lead platter mat ($80US)
• Adjustable height spiked feet ($50US)
• Hercules II power supply in the Mose Box with switchable 33 and 45 rpm ($550NZ)

The deck & arm function perfectly & its just had a professional tune up. The cartridge has had about 250-300 hours use with vacuum cleaned LP & when inspected with a microscope at 40x mag it's in great condition. The cartridge new price was $650NZ & it comes with original wooden box, specs sheet & stylus guard. The acrylic cover is in reasonably good condition & includes a new set of hinges. Also included is the original aluminum platter & the old subchassis.

See additional info in comments.

Shipping details

  • To be arranged
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Waitakere City, Auckland, NZ

Payment details

  • NZ bank deposit
  • Cash

About the seller

jg1 (1083 1083 positive feedback) Address Verified Feb 2014
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  • Member since Sep 2001

Closes: Sun 12 Feb, 9:30 pm. 2012