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    Join Date: Nov 2019

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    Default Do I keep anything or start again?

    After a break for other things in life I'm now planning a system for the next 15 years or so. I want a vinyl only system, mid range I have a few pieces from my original set up and I wonder if there is any point in keeping any of them or sell the lot and start again.

    I have ended up with a few long stored items - original Rega 3 with RB200 arm, Nytech 252, Systemdek IIx 900 with RB300 arm and old Yorks hifi 1-3 speakers.

    • I am thinking about keeping the Nytech and getting it serviced - but that will cost £300

    • The Systemdek again can be serviced and it used to be a step up from the Rega but not as good as a Pink Triangle I used to own.

    • Sell the Rega and give away the speakers


    What would you do? I'm thinking that £300 could be used better for a Rega Brio -R or even a Sugden A21, and then look to Spendor or similar for the speakers

    What do you recommend?

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    Maybe establish a budget, and then try to listen to complete systems around that price point and go from there. It is a start anyway!
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    Is it worth doing a mid-range vinyl system? Iím not going to get into vinyl vs digital or other discussions, but Iím really not sure that itís worth doing a mid range system. Do you already have a lot of vinyl records? If so, it might make sense, otherwise maybe not. I donít have quite the same ďproblemĒ as I do use and collect CDs (maybe around 6000) but Iíve also got turntables which I never seem to have time to fix, and vinyl which doesnít get played.

    I have thought of buying a new modest turntable just to play some of the rarer LPs, but most of the stuff I have is on CDs anyway.
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    Maybe establish a budget, and then try to listen to complete systems around that price point and go from there. It is a start anyway!
    Budget for all - buying second hand - is approx £2k plus whatever I raise from selling



    Quote Originally Posted by dave2010 View Post
    Is it worth doing a mid-range vinyl system? Iím not going to get into vinyl vs digital or other discussions, but Iím really not sure that itís worth doing a mid range system. Do you already have a lot of vinyl records? If so, it might make sense, otherwise maybe not. I donít have quite the same ďproblemĒ as I do use and collect CDs (maybe around 6000) but Iíve also got turntables which I never seem to have time to fix, and vinyl which doesnít get played.

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    Yes - a lot of vinyl which is why I want a vinyl only system

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    Hi Richard, £300 seems an awful lot to get the Nytech serviced.
    I can take a look at it for you for a lot less if you wish, I service/repair/modify all sorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatapeach View Post
    Budget for all - buying second hand - is approx £2k plus whatever I raise from selling Yes - a lot of vinyl which is why I want a vinyl only system
    Well the Systemdek i believe is actually not that bad and was well thought of when it came out, I suspect you could spend £1k or more on a replacement on not get much improvement. The rb300 is similarly a pretty good and well thought after arm. I would consider a good cartridge presumably MM. The Nytech was good in its day and was built well, slightly let down by its balance and volume pots, if the £300 sorts caps and gets it on spec then it may be hard to better, it looks like they sell for £200-300, a tricky one, maybe sell and look for a good amp, £500 to £1k. There are plenty of good speakers around 2nd hand, there have been several on here recently for £300 to £800. I do have some JBL Century L100ís but may be outside your budget, depending what you do.
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    I agree with the above post. I'd personally sell the Rega which should near on pay for Firebottle to do the service of the Nytech, and look for a suitable cartridge and speakers. The vinyl rabbit hole will eat your £2k and still be hungry for more and you need speakers more than a t/t and arm. If you want to upgrade afterwards well fair enough, but it will be a good system and a handsome budget available for speakers which will make the biggest difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJSki2fly View Post
    Well the Systemdek i believe is actually not that bad and was well thought of when it came out, I suspect you could spend £1k or more on a replacement on not get much improvement.
    I agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatapeach View Post
    What would you do? I'm thinking that £300 could be used better for a Rega Brio -R or even a Sugden A21, and then look to Spendor or similar for the speakers

    What do you recommend?
    The Brio R has been used by quite a few members here and is well liked.

    You won't get a modern Sugden A21 variant for £300 and even the original vintage ones are likely to cost that much or more and also likely to need an expensive full rebuild/service adding a few more hundreds to your outlay and to be honest, it's nice, but not that nice.

    Have you looked at the Quad Vena for a bit more money second hand, they have been getting popular?
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