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The Grand Wazoo
29-12-2008, 00:02
Like (I guess) many folks, we've been using some of this break from work to have a sort out of spare rooms & stuff.

I turned up a forgotten about turntable that was bought years ago as part of a job lot in a local flea market. I only wanted the speakers for my daughter (some old JPW's), but there was also this tt & some other stuff for a fiver.

It works ok, there's a minor (I'm guessing) problem with the plinth.

A quick search on Gurgle yields very little.
Before I decide on its fate, does anyone know anything about these?

The best thing about the clear-up was that I turned up a box with my AT electronic stylus cleaner in it (after 5 years of making do with other methods since the move to this house!!)

Beechwoods
29-12-2008, 08:05
Have you got the serial number?

jandl100
29-12-2008, 08:09
And how about a photo or 2! :)

Beechwoods
29-12-2008, 08:50
It's from what was called the Pioneer Mini System, from 1979-80: 'The Pioneer Mini represents a new size standard for Hi-Fi'. I have a PDF from the 79-80 Pioneer Range brochure. See link. Sadly, history hasn't been too kind to these machines and the whole system of TT, tuner, tape, etc goes for well less than 100...

Brochure (http://homepage.mac.com/beechwoods/AOS/Pioneer_Mini_1979-80.pdf)

The Grand Wazoo
29-12-2008, 13:16
Have you got the serial number?

Serial No. is AF 23148


Photos to follow..........

Thanks for the brochure Beechy. I never thought it would be replacing the Goldmund Reference in the list of all-time greats!!

Beechwoods
29-12-2008, 16:28
That one was manufactured in June 1980 :)

Here's a few more bit of info about the TT specifically, with a decent pic, from TVK:
http://www.thevintageknob.org/PIONEER/SERIES3000/SERIES3000-PL3000.html

To be honest that's all I can say, hope it helps!

The Grand Wazoo
30-12-2008, 22:04
I hereby declare this turntable as well & truly dead.

Beechwoods
30-12-2008, 22:11
Before you despatch it for good, it might be worth offering it up for P&P on the Private Exhibitions forum. Someone with a friend in need might be able to give it a home. If it makes music, it seems a shame to dump it!

The Grand Wazoo
30-12-2008, 23:22
No, I had a bit of a play about with it & did some serious shorting (ahem.....it's still fizzing a bit!!!) when I tried to do something clever with the power supply.

The motor & the platter are OK, that's about it.

I had planned to give it away to a friend ......not now though!!

Beechwoods
30-12-2008, 23:27
Doh!

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