For those of you who don’t know me, I tend to become obsessive about things until I can get my hands on them. My new obsession with vintage turntables and vinyl is no exception. Over the holidays, I had the pleasure of listening to a Bob Seger album on a SA-WEET 1970′s Pioneer turntable with wood veneer. I know that people always say that albums sound better on vinyl, but holy balls, it sounded AWESOME. I concurrently went on a quest to find my own vintage turntable (and Bob Seger album) on craigslist.
I found a ton of tables that looked good – price range seemed to be $100.00 bucks or so. Not knowing anything about vintage turntables, I thought it seemed fair. However, after spending time researching the best vintage brands and prices, I discovered that the large majority of tables being sold are either junk or overpriced. My fellow vintage lover Chris recommended I check out the Goodwill for a table… low and behold, I found my beloved Pinoeer PL-200 at the Goodwill for $19.99. Came with a Shure catridge, too, although I’ll have to replace it since the Goodwill peeps just chucked it in a drawer and the needle got all pooped up.
Now, all I need is a receiver and speakers (pretty big hurdle). I’ve got my little heart set on a Marantz 2000-series, for two reasons:
- They have an amazing retro look with huge knobs and blue lights… I think I remember my parents having something like this when I was like, 5.
- They are sick receivers.
If anyone knows where I can get one for a reasonable price… let me know.
To compliment my hot new table, I started my vinyl collection with some old-school basics:
Some of my favorites include my AMAZING 45′ Zepplin singles:
And my Rockwell 45′:
And that Seger record? You BETTER believe I got that shit. Check out their totally masculine ensembles: