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    Default Modern turntable for 78-rpm vinyls? (question from a newbie)

    I'm planning to buy my first record player. I inherited all of my grandpaís records recently, I believe there could be some really old recordings - thatís why Iíd like to buy a nice one, so I don't have to worry about ruining the records. Iíve been searching for a while and found out that some models I considered doesnít work with 78-rpm vinyls. I need to know, is there any other things I need to keep in mind while choosing a turntable for them? In general, is it possible to find a modern turntable which would work with this format? Or a flea market is my only option? My budget is 300£.
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    Rega make a dedicated 78rpm deck and a matching cartridge as well, but on your budget you will likely be better advised to buy a mint or well restored used deck from the late sixties/early seventies that will offer you all speeds, something like a Lenco would be a good choice, you will need different cartridges or at the very least a different stylus for playing 78s and vinyl records, 45rpm and 33rpm as the grooves on 78s are much wider as well as being mono.

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    My father has a large collection of classical music 78s. He swears by Goldring 72/75s. One of the key factors being the ability to vary the speed, as very many "78s" were not recorded at that speed. So something that can go up to around 90 and down to 70 rpm is desirable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReggieB View Post
    My father has a large collection of classical music 78s. He swears by Goldring 72/75s. One of the key factors being the ability to vary the speed, as very many "78s" were not recorded at that speed. So something that can go up to around 90 and down to 70 rpm is desirable.
    Yup. Very true. I use wind up gramophones for authenticity but all my records are well used anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReggieB View Post
    My father has a large collection of classical music 78s. He swears by Goldring 72/75s. One of the key factors being the ability to vary the speed, as very many "78s" were not recorded at that speed. So something that can go up to around 90 and down to 70 rpm is desirable.
    Great stuff , imagine if we messed about with the TT speed on 33 rpm LP,s to suit our listening delights , instead of being possesed about locked solidly on 33 !!!
    I only ride 'em, I don't know what makes 'em work

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    Quote Originally Posted by oddball View Post
    great stuff , imagine if we messed about with the tt speed on 33 rpm lp,s to suit our listening delights , instead of being possesed about locked solidly on 33 !!!
    33 1/3 rpm
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReggieB View Post
    33 1/3 rpm
    I knew someone would say that
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    "78-rpm vinyls"!

    Wrong! The plural is 'records', and "78"s used shellac, not polyvinyl chloride. Vinyl was only introduced with the advent of the microgroove LP by Columbia records.

    Apart from that, the need for a TT that has a speed that can be varied between 70rpm and 85rpm is essential, as is a cartridge fitted with a 65um stylus.
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