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Video of this table now on Youtube...search for the one from Alberta Canada 2017
This is the 3rd of this model passed through my hands, and I consider it to be the best one - cosmetically it is certainly.
Note - I had PENDING SALE on this...but for whatever reason cant get completion on that deal...so its back on the market.
Also...I recently found another exact same. Not as nice, but not junk. Just had it serviced and tuned up, and ground wire repaired. No factory headshell. $400.
Funny, but the more tables I experience, the better this one looks....build is comparable to Sansui SR-929, more reliable than XR-9, better built with better arm than Marantz 6300 and Kenwood KD5070 and Kenwood KD2055, sweeter feature set than JVC QL-7, better arm by far than whats on my $1500 Sota Sapphire (has a Syrnx LE - piece of crap), better built than $1500 Project Experience I think it was, way more solid and substantial than Thorens TD160/165. And several steps above anything I've seen in the $400 and under zone - including multiple Duals, Optonica 3500, couple handfuls of other stuff in the $200 zone (yuck). B&O? - way more substantial. These are all tables I've owned.
I better be careful I don't talk myself out of selling it. That can and has happened.
If you know what these are, great. If not - do some googling, but in summary this is a higher end JVC table featuring their version of an electronic/magnetic tonearm. Sony did something similar with their Biotrace electronic arm, and Denon as well. But from my experience and research, I think this JVC version was/is proving to be most reliable.
This tonearm claims to provide superior tracking, reduce resonance, and few other things.
Also allows for a couple of nice features you cant get with a normal tonearm, at least i've not seen them. You have 2 extra buttons - which move arm left or right (once lfited) - a very useful feature when looking for a certain track. Also has repeat, auto start and shutoff.
I enjoy having all the operating buttons out front of the case, so you can operate all functions while keeping lid down.
Heavy duty direct drive motor - very strong. Even with good sized record weight it's up to speed within one revolution. I've heard that JVC provided the motors for some Denon tables?
Build quality is very nice indeed - the tonearm is a thing of beauty - really nicely made.
This is a very nice one - Id rate cosmetics at 8.5 out of 10, as compared to a few other unrestored examples. Rosewood (arborite) plinth is near perfect - no obvious scratches or swirls as most have. One little ding on rear corner - photo. Tiny ding on one front top corner - near invisible. Dustcover is very good as well - better than average by quite a bit. Cant see one scratch or mark on the platter or control panel. Lights all working.
It operates very well too - fully functional in every way that i can identifiy. As with any decent vintage ppiece, I would recommend servicing with a good vintage tech - for peace of mind, as a regular maintenance program, and to ensure long time satisfaction.
Note - i do have the very nicely made factory headshell - see the photo with 2 tables.
No cartridge included.
Price? If this was a Sansui or Marantz would be selling for 50% more at miminum. Just the way it is. I see recent ads for bigger brother QL-Y55 and Y66 in the $800 plus price range, and not sure the condition of those is a match to this superior example?
These do seem to be very reliable - probably more so than Sony Biotrace. I've had 3 of them now and never a fail...sold 2 of them over past 3 years and haven't heard of any problems.
Quality I think better than my Marantz 6300, and very comparable to Sansui SR929. Much better engineered and way more reliable than Sansui QR series (7,9,11).
A nice plus is the factory box - missing some of the foam packing inserts, but has the important 4 corner pieces. I can fab up another foam insert for shipping.
With the factory box - shipping should be OK. I' m pretty good at packaging, although turntables are a bit scary. Will do like factory and pull the platter, headshell, and counterweight. NO discount if I need to ship, as materials and my time I value at $50 minimum.
No refunds, no returns. Ask questions now - check out the video on youtube.
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