Recommend a turntable that plays 78s

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For my brother. He's in the market for a new turntable and just took home a bunch of my grandfather's old 78s from the 30s and 40s, mostly big band jazz and swing. I actually don't know that much about turntables past the Technics 1200 but he's not really looking for a DJ setup so ... is there a reasonably priced home stereo turntable with 33-45-78?

dmr, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:25 (nine years ago) link

i use a numark to play my 78s tbh. with the 78rpm needle.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:27 (nine years ago) link

there's a thorens that plays three speeds but it's abt $700

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:28 (nine years ago) link

Is the numark something you have at work or is that your home turntable? Just curious.

So you switch needles in and out depending on whether you're playing 78s or LPs/45s? Obv I don't know much about 78s, that's why I let my brother take them. I didn't really have the desire to get a third turntable to be able to play them.

dmr, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:34 (nine years ago) link

i have a portable numark that is dedicated to 78s; i just plug it into the aux on the receiver when i want to listen to old records. my regular turntable is just 33/45

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:35 (nine years ago) link

otherwise yeah, you would have to switch needles out. 78s need a slightly wider needle because the grooves are wider etc

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:36 (nine years ago) link

would totally buy this if i had the money:

http://www.needledoctor.com/Rega-RP78-Turntable?sc=2&category=353

scott seward, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:38 (nine years ago) link

thanks Ian, that's helpful (xpost)

dmr, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:39 (nine years ago) link

i think maybe the easiest cheapest thing to do is buy one of those cheapo crosley retro things for a hundred bucks. one with a 78 speed. and just use it for 78s.

scott seward, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:40 (nine years ago) link

Regas are cool looking. That whole high-end audiophile world is so foreign to me.

dmr, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:40 (nine years ago) link

oh but yeah the numark thing would work to. and would sound better. so yeah that would be best probably.

scott seward, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:41 (nine years ago) link

i love my rega and i have the cheapest one. they are built for simpletons like me who like good sound. had it for 6 years or so and never had a problem. reminds me i need to order a needle...

scott seward, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:42 (nine years ago) link

the crosleys look good but he probably wants something to hook to a receiver and not w/ self contained speakers

dmr, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:44 (nine years ago) link

is this the Numark? I'll probably recommend he gets this for 78s and something better for his regular stereo.

http://www.jr.com/numark/pe/NUM_PT01USB/

thanks dudes

dmr, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:45 (nine years ago) link

yeah, that's what i use.
the 78 needles are about $20 and easily obtainable online.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:59 (nine years ago) link


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