View Full Version : Vertical turntable? It is so weird.

07-23-2007, 06:07 PM

It's different alright.
I prefer my TTs to spin in horizontal position. What do you think?

07-23-2007, 06:26 PM
"Amazing" it is not... My cousing had one back in the late 80's. From memory, you're limited cartridge-wise. Not worth 100 bills musicality wise.
Back in May there was one on eBay that didn't get more than 51$ bid with a reserve of 200$.

07-23-2007, 06:34 PM
That's cool that you ran across that.

There was a time a while back when I was dying to get on of those. I think Technics made a couple different vertical turntables...can't look 'em up at the moment because it seems that "" has disappeared.

A lot of people warned me against getting one, for various reasons--like you said, horizontal provides the best environment for playback. Technics' SL-7 was even advertised with a nice picture of it set up on a slope (you could by 45 degree stands for it)--and they even said if you wanted to, it would play upside down!

I'd still like to see one of these in person. One thing I was always curious about was how sturdy they were. When you shut the door on the thing, does it slide backward? Or does that base grip pretty well, and hold the whole machine secure? How easy would it be to tip over?

If I found one cheap enough, I'd probably buy it just for a decoration. It looks really cool. Seems like I saw an even weirder looking Mitsubishi vertical supposedly sounded could be mounted on a wall like a painting.

07-23-2007, 06:39 PM
it seems that "" has disappeared.


07-23-2007, 06:51 PM
^^^Cool, Meggy!

By the way, here's someone who has their SL-7 set up at an angle like I was talking about. Not vertical, but still funky:

07-23-2007, 06:56 PM
Check this one out:

Thought about buying it for kicks but I already have too much crap to work on.

07-23-2007, 08:40 PM
I've got the Sl-7, I think I'll just keep it in the horizontal zone. I see no need to screw with Mr. Gravity.:smoke:

07-23-2007, 09:13 PM
I seem to recall the Dual 1229 being presented in a vertical position in a stereo store window back in the day so I suspect that may have been Technics' attempt to compare themselves with one of the truly innovative manufacturers of the time.:smoke::smoke::smoke:

07-23-2007, 09:19 PM
Ran across a Sansui TT this weekend on CL.Drawer slide out and platter was mounted to it.Said it played both sides of the record.never heard of one like that.

07-23-2007, 09:35 PM
I think Sharp and Mitsubishi both made verticle turntables. Rob

07-25-2007, 10:52 PM
I have an SL-10 TT, and love the thing. According to the sales literature, it will play at any angle, "even upside down". Yeah, that'd be handy. :D

07-26-2007, 08:13 AM
Apparently the old Garrard factory in Swoindon, UK, used to have changers fixed to the ceiling of the visitor's area, playing continually......

07-26-2007, 08:44 AM
Yep, they are a strange lot. I used to sell the vertical Mitsubishis. None of us were too impressed, iirc.

07-26-2007, 09:01 AM
I believe one of these was my first turntable back in the 80s. Had it for only a few weeks. Had major problems with skipping, would go immediately to the end of the album and shut off. I took it back to the store and replaced it with a cheap regular turntable which I used for several years.

07-27-2007, 03:09 PM
Verticall TT is not so wierd. Remember virtually every record playing juke box ever made was a vertical player. Crappy, but vertical.

07-28-2007, 06:25 AM
I've got a vertical oriented mitsubishi linear tracker at work. It's beat up, but sounds quite nice. The small footprint is ideal for space saving.

09-24-2009, 09:19 AM
Check this one out:

Thought about buying it for kicks but I already have too much crap to work on.

If I am not mistaken Technics sold a kit for 45 degree angling of the SL-5, 7 and 10.


09-24-2009, 10:01 AM
I have succesfully played LPs on my Dual 1009 in a vertical orientation years back. Just make sure you secure the floating chasis with the transport screws and use some sort of hub around the spindle to make sure it doesn't come off. I used the changer spindle that actually locks below and a rubber ring around it to secure the LP.

09-24-2009, 10:12 AM
Another old thread surfaces.

09-24-2009, 04:22 PM
But why?