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Restore Dual 1210 or new budget turntable?

 

fyang
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I'm interested in getting into vinyl but on a budget (for now, anyway). I believe my parents have and old Dual 1210 (or something similar) that hasn't been so much as turned on in over a decade. I talked to a shop about it on the weekend and they figure that getting it back into game shape, ie- new cartridge, idler wheel, cables, etc, would run me around $300 CDN or more.

Is it worth it to get this thing restored or would I be better off getting a new budget turntable like the Pro-Ject Debut III, NAD 533 or Goldring GR-1? The new turntable would be a little bit more, but still within the same ballpark. Or should I consider another route entirely?

I would also need a phono preamp which woudl either be the NAD PP2 or the Pro-Ject phono box. They're the same price - any recommendations on which would be a better pick?

Thanks muchly for any help.
 

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 3948
Registered: May-04


Depending on whether the Dual even operates, I would keep it as a record cleaning table. The rim drive gives it substantial torque that you won't find in a new belt drive design.

Otherwise for the investment you would make in the Dual, a new belt drive table would be the wiser choice. The tonearm on the older Dual's will not allow the choice of cartridges that a new table with a Rega RB250/clone will give you. Nor will the old Dual arm extract as much music from the grooves as the new arms of today.



 

fyang
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thanks, I'm thinking that the 1210 might not be worth the trouble and expense. How about a used Dual 500-series? I see those advertised and on eBay for around $100 in (allegedly) good working condition.
 

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 3956
Registered: May-04


They are good tables for the money.
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