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    Default Vintage turntables: Sony TTS3000 and Garrard Zero 100

    I am about to embark on a turntable journey that will be interesting and daunting. I already have a Thorens Td 147 Jubilee with a Thorens TP16 (Schopper TP63 arm wand). Despite this I am really tempted to buy both a Sony TTS3000 and a Garrard Zero 100. I intend to use an SME 3009R on the Sony TTS3000. I wonder which of the 3 I will want to hold on to after I have given the Sony and the Garrard some TLC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewind View Post
    I am about to embark on a turntable journey that will be interesting and daunting. I already have a Thorens Td 147 Jubilee with a Thorens TP16 (Schopper TP63 arm wand). Despite this I am really tempted to buy both a Sony TTS3000 and a Garrard Zero 100. I intend to use an SME 3009R on the Sony TTS3000. I wonder which of the 3 I will want to hold on to after I have given the Sony and the Garrard some TLC?
    If it were me I wouldn't even consider the Zero 100. Good though it is, IMO it won't be as good (or as versatile) as the Sony + SME combination.
    Barry

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    Agreed. I wouldn't bother with the Zero 100, clunky and rough when new, can't be any better after all these years.

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    The Garrard Zero 100 is a fine deck - better than most people give it credit for. Find a good one with decent arm bearings (which can be the tricky bit!) and they can perform very well.

    That said, the Sony should still wipe the floor with it...
    Adam.

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    There is a series of 7 videos about cleaning and setting up a Garrard Zero 100 on Youtube. Hence my interest in that turntable.
    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED / Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    But as always I went in another direction as I just picked up a very clean Empire 698 in full working condition. That ends my turntable journey.
    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED / Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewind View Post
    But as always I went in another direction as I just picked up a very clean Empire 698 in full working condition. That ends my turntable journey.

    Nice!



    A considerable improvement on the Garrard Zero 100.
    Barry

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