Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Grumpy, Jun 22, 2002.
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Pioneer PL-15D-II which I am looking at refurbing, it needs a new belt-cleaning-oiling, but there is one capacitor (I think it is a capacitor) that may need to be replaced. It is marked "474M AC125V ECQ-UD °F", should I replace it? Looking to replace the catridge and stylus also, any recommendations?
Garrard Zero 100S
Dual CS 505-1
Thorens TD160 fixed up by Dave at Vinyl Nirvana. Stepping up from a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit.
If you are thinking of replacing capacitors, you must be having problems. What issues are you having ? Being marked 125v means its in the power stage and is likely there to prevent popping when you switch the deck on and off.
The only caps really which would need doing are caps in the signal path but on most turntables, there are none so you don't need to worry.
I have a Rega Pllanar 3 w/ rb303 arm and a Grado cartridge.
Just bought a demo WT Simplex from Brian at Whetstone Audio here in Austin at lunchtime today. It came with an Ortofon Black, which I'll thrash so I can justify what I ultimately want to run on the Simplex: a London Decca Super Gold! I also bought a cool lesser-touted phono stage, a Sugden A21SE Phono Two. I never even knew Sugden made phono stages. What I don't know is vast.
BTW, Brian was playing some jazz on a P3 with an Ortofon Blue through a big 805 Line Magnetic amp into Harbeth 30.1s. That sounded pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Please don't thrash the Ortofon Black!
When I get a chance to listen to it, I hope to be humbled and appreciative.
Me: U-Turn Orbit Black w/ onboard Pluto Preamp and a Grado Green Cartridge
U-Turn Orbit Maple w/ a Grado Black Cartridge
The Wife: Denon DP-15F w/ an Audio Technica AT-91 Cartridge
Had a Denon DP-51F, loved it, let it go due to to many computer board issues, Bought the U-Turns and never looked back. Love em to death. Great american made quality tables at a phenomenal price point. Don't judge them till you've tried one.
The only issue I have is that audio does not sound right to my ear, too much mid-range overpowering the highs and lows. I assumed that a 45 year old capacitor should be replaced and could be causing poor audio just like old capacitors in a speaker. The capacitor I mentioned is the only one the TT has and if it is for power I will leave it. Maybe the cartridge and needle is causing the poor souind?
More than likely yes - you will see the tonearm wires going directly from the base of the arm to the RCA and / or DIN outputs on the turntable, they don't pass through any capacitors. There could be other factors affecting audio quality such as tonearm balance and cartridge alignment (plus correct anti-skating setup). Have you followed the many online guides to get the turntable set up properly - it could be something relatively simple that is causing the problem.
The only time where capacitors could be a factor is if the turntable had a built-in preamp. In that situation, old caps would be somewhere in the signal path and it would be worthwhile to replace them.
I have an Lt 30 with diamond needle any idea what I can sell it for?
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Dollars and Sense is the proper place to ask about value. It would probably be a good idea to read the rules at the top of the main forum.
I am going way out on a limb here, but I think that important piece of information is that the rating is "AC125V". These were used commonly across the "on/off" switch to stop the "pop" when the turntable was turned on or off. Therefore it is not in the signal path while being across the "on/off" switch. Might pay to replace any way as the "pop" can be quite loud.
While I am here, I will chime in on what turntables I have. I no longer have one of these turntables, but I sure wish that I did. I lost it in a divorce.
Here we are going back to pre-1964. This person, Bill Peacock, was friends with Paul Weathers, among others. The world of audio was so different at that time. Stereo was new and the world of the hobby of audio was small. This unit was the third iteration of his design ideas. The previous units used a walnut wood tone arm for the low resonance of the wood. This unit, with the aluminum arm, would tack at 1 gram and at a 45 degree angle.
My favorite was the Stanton 681 EEE S in this turntable. I never tracked any cartridge above 1 gram in this turntable, and there were a few different cartridges in my turntable.
The turntable in the picture is "not quite" what they looked like when they were shipped new. That is understandable due to the age.
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