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Old 02-16-2007, 09:36 AM
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Yamaha PF-20 Turntable. $50 - a deal?

I've been looking to purchase my first turntable.

A local guy offered me a Yamaha PF-20 Turntable in nice shape, including a new belt and cart for $50. I know that this is not a TOTL unit by any stretch (read BPC), but I am not looking to spend more than $50 anyway.

I've got a Yamaha CR-840 driving Harmon/Kardon HK 30 speakers.

Should I keep looking for something a bit more solid or buy it knowing that it has been serviced.

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Old 02-16-2007, 10:41 AM
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Are you in a hurry? If not, wait for a deal. When you do find a deal, you will thank yourself for waiting.
This might go cheap. http://cgi.ebay.com/Yamaha-Model-YP-...QQcmdZViewItem.
Wait till spring. You will start to find a lot of gear at the local thrifts, Craigslist, and Yardsales. Best of luck.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:56 AM
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I wasn't thinking about the seasonal effect. Of course I don't believe in Spring Cleaning. I will try to be patient and wait for something nicer. Thanks.
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What kind of Cartridge is on the TT? It might be worth buying if he has a nice Cartridge on it.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:48 PM
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This is the description from the seller....
"This Yamaha TT has an NOS cartridge, Audio Technica style, don't remember if it even has a brand name on it, they were mass produced in Asia a decade or so ago. sounds fine. Typically a cartridge is $30.00 and a belt is $10.00, so to get a good TT for less than $50.00 means it usually needs one or both..."
I originally was hoping to find something at SA or GW, but I may be better spending a few more bucks to get something that has been gone over. Regardless, $50 is my absolute max for a first TT.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:13 PM
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Yes, I agree. Pass. And yes, you will eventually find a very nice unit, don't limit yourself to the $50 figure. I would read about different TT's, and then make a decision. That way when you find a good deal, and it might be more than $50, you will know what you are doing. I understand your cautious approach. Patience, and persistence, is the key on the cheap. Good luck.
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