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Giovanni

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So I received a Telefunken TT100 from my neighbour in a horrid state, cleaned her up and under all the dust on the cover, I believe I found a little gem. I've always wanted to own a turntable, buying records as I come across them but never being able to play them. I wanted to get something like a Marantz TT5005 as an entry but it just never got high enough on the expense list.

Nevertheless, I now have a semi-decent one by the looks of Google searches. It's basically a rebranded Technics from 1980-something with a Audio Technica cartridge. The plan is to rebuild her to look like this:

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The sound is okay, not that spectacular to be honest. What I have to test is ZZ Top, Judas Priest and AC/DC. I'm using it with the built-in phono-stage of my old Marantz amp coupled with B&W speakers. I feel like the sound is much more flat compared to digital copies. Being new to the tt world I have no idea what causes this, perhaps the cartridge? Or the phono-stage in my amp?

Anyhow, can't wait to get aquatinted with this old technology. It fascinates me so much.
 
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Very nice find

Check on avforums, there are nice tutorials on how to check/setup your turntable. I would change cartridge first. Search for lantis, they should have
 

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Lots to check, first would be cleaning and lubing the bearing. Followed by a new belt and then likely a new cart with a proper alignment done.

The "flat" sound could be from it turning too slow or a worn needle.
 
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The sound is okay, not that spectacular to be honest. What I have to test is ZZ Top, Judas Priest and AC/DC. I'm using it with the built-in phono-stage of my old Marantz amp coupled with B&W speakers. I feel like the sound is much more flat compared to digital copies. Being new to the tt world I have no idea what causes this, perhaps the cartridge? Or the phono-stage in my amp?

Anyhow, can't wait to get aquatinted with this old technology. It fascinates me so much.
I'm not a vinyl snob, but you definitely need a new cartridge. I received a 1970's Technics linear tracking player, that is supposedly really good, but it didn't sound that good to me due to the cartridge being completely worn out (the stylus loses it's edge and the magnets lose their efficacy over time). The phone stage plays a big part as well, I was using the phono stage in an old Technics amplifier, but I'm pretty sure it's not the best.

And Lastly, if you replace your cartridge/stylus be sure to clean your old LP's. There are many ways to do this, but a simple one is to coat the LP with a week wood glue, and peel it off, to remove any dust and grime. If you have a few boxes of LP's, then rinsing them in warm soapy water and rinsing with some (preferably distilled) water should do the trick.
 

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Do you have some pics of yours?
Only this super compressed one, will take some nice ones before the DIY starts.



Lots to check, first would be cleaning and lubing the bearing. Followed by a new belt and then likely a new cart with a proper alignment done.

The "flat" sound could be from it turning too slow or a worn needle.
Would've helped if I'd looked at the picture...

To fix the speed use the strobe, if it wanders off then the caps on the speed control may need replacing.
Yap DD, speed seems correct judging by the strobe, it also has a "fine tuning" knob to speed it up/slow it down just a little, which I am using to have the strobe perfect. Cartridge logo even has some rust, so I am betting it is the needle.


Will take some photos of my plastic fantastic tonight and post tomorrow
Kom kom I want to see this!

I'm not a vinyl snob, but you definitely need a new cartridge. I received a 1970's Technics linear tracking player, that is supposedly really good, but it didn't sound that good to me due to the cartridge being completely worn out (the stylus loses it's edge and the magnets lose their efficacy over time). The phone stage plays a big part as well, I was using the phono stage in an old Technics amplifier, but I'm pretty sure it's not the best.

And Lastly, if you replace your cartridge/stylus be sure to clean your old LP's. There are many ways to do this, but a simple one is to coat the LP with a week wood glue, and peel it off, to remove any dust and grime. If you have a few boxes of LP's, then rinsing them in warm soapy water and rinsing with some (preferably distilled) water should do the trick.
LP's are new, I know they are a bit dusty anyway, but I don't think it's them. As for cartridge, will replacing it with a R700 Audio Technica work, or should I go higher-end? I haven't really allocated a budget to this project yet :p Also can anyone recommend a budget external phono stage? Plan to use this on a newer Marantz that does not have one built in.
 

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Still give the bearing a looking at, will introduce flutter etc if there's gunk in it. What Harman Kardon amp is that?

The Rega Fono Mini is the go to "budget" phono stage, the baby Pro-ject could also work, I'm just a Rega snob...
 

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Still give the bearing a looking at, will introduce flutter etc if there's gunk in it. What Harman Kardon amp is that?

The Rega Fono Mini is the go to "budget" phono stage, the baby Pro-ject could also work, I'm just a Rega snob...
Marantz PM-68

Will checkout the bearing. Think this TT deserves a R2k phono stage? Guess that's a good thing :cool:
 
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