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 Post subject: First table in 35 years
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:52 am 
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I decided to buy a turntable. I still plan on listening to my digital collection but thought I would like to spin a record every now and then. This is a pioneer pl255 with a silver Grado cart and stylus. When I googled it because I don’t know to much about TT...I heard it was decent for my budget. Can’t wait to try it on my amp. Sounded great on his system.


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vinnie69 wrote:
I decided to buy a turntable. I still plan on listening to my digital collection but thought I would like to spin a record every now and then. This is a pioneer pl255 with a silver Grado cart and stylus. When I googled it because I don’t know to much about TT...I heard it was decent for my budget. Can’t wait to try it on my amp. Sounded great on his system.


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Congrats! Happy spinning!!

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I followed the same path a couple years ago as I walked away from my set up in 1985.
It didn't take long to abandon the plan of a basic table and a few albums though. On my 4th table upgrade.


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My kids sure think it’s cool. Lol


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Congratulations! Pioneer made good stuff in the seventies and early eighties. I give you 12 months. Have you seen a PL 630 DD? One sexy table. Or maybe a PL 530...570....590? Or a PL L1000 linear tracker? It won't be long when you will start looking for a better table. Lol... this is a very addictive hobby.... ask me how I know....

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vinnie69 wrote:
I decided to buy a turntable. I still plan on listening to my digital collection but thought I would like to spin a record every now and then. This is a pioneer pl255 with a silver Grado cart and stylus. When I googled it because I don’t know to much about TT...I heard it was decent for my budget. Can’t wait to try it on my amp. Sounded great on his system.


That series of Pioneer turntables had a 'suspended' design that isolated the platter & tonearm from the plinth with a spring-loaded idea. Worked great on the PL-200 I found.
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Old Rusty wrote:
vinnie69 wrote:
I decided to buy a turntable. I still plan on listening to my digital collection but thought I would like to spin a record every now and then. This is a pioneer pl255 with a silver Grado cart and stylus. When I googled it because I don’t know to much about TT...I heard it was decent for my budget. Can’t wait to try it on my amp. Sounded great on his system.


That series of Pioneer turntables had a 'suspended' design that isolated the platter & tonearm from the plinth with a spring-loaded idea. Worked great on the PL-200 I found.
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I've got one of the PL200s (it is my brother's which I am keeping safe). Great basic table - I used a Grado on it as well.


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After a couple days of playing around. I’m impressed. I wish I had more output from the phono as compared to CD...just have to up the volume. Molly Hachet flirting with Disaster sounds fantastic yet Bob Seger Against the wind just sounds ok.


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Lots of high output cartridges out there. Something like Ortofon 2m Blue is 5.5mV. Also it will reduce the hum on that table.

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planetofsound wrote:
Lots of high output cartridges out there. Something like Ortofon 2m Blue is 5.5mV. Also it will reduce the hum on that table.

Good to know thanks


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CONGRATS - What cartridge is on it now??
My first table was the PL600 - great deck that I later trading for an AR The Turntable. Wished I had not traded it - but found a used one in need of a bit of work that I bought pretty cheap - will try and resurrect it to full working capacity (some of the auto stuff doesn't work but it still spins and plays) when I retire in a few years.
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Sorry had I read the first post in its entirety I would have know the answer to the question I just asked :oops:


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With an output of 5mV - I am not sure you will find anything that would be significantly louder than your Silver. The phono line inherently has less gain than the other lines (read CD) so you just have to turn it up (like you said) to compensate.
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Congrats on the table . If you cut a small chunk of Mr Clean magic eraser ( the original white block stuff ) and cue your stylus into it a few times before play , it will gently scrub the needle tip . I don't know how old the cartridge is but you would be surprised how black and coated a tip can get with time .


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JFraser wrote:
Congrats on the table . If you cut a small chunk of Mr Clean magic eraser ( the original white block stuff ) and cue your stylus into it a few times before play , it will gently scrub the needle tip . I don't know how old the cartridge is but you would be surprised how black and coated a tip can get with time .

Interesting. Thanks


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