How to Buy a Used Turntable: 5 Tips to Get You Started

One this I get asked for is tips on how to buy a used turntable. So I thought I’d address this in today’s post. So, stick around if you want to find out how to put together an awesome rig on the cheap.

I’m no expert, but my current rig is entirely made up of used audio gear. I’m thrilled with it! And the entire thing cost me $350.

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What is the Best Way to Clean Old Vinyl Records

The worst thing you can do is NOT clean your records…

But if you’ve done any kind of research on the subject, you know there are as many opinions on the best way to do it as there are collectors.

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How to Buy Used Vinyl Records

Updated: October 2019

I’ve said this before…

And I’ll say it again…

Collecting vinyl is addictive!

And expensive!

Like a lot of other collectors, most of my spare cash goes into buying records.  I’ll buy anywhere from 4 to 10 records per month.

To make vinyl collecting more affordable, buying used records is the way to go.

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eBay Vintage Turntable Finds 26 Sept – 7 Oct

This week’s roundup is almost devoted to the outstanding Pioneer brand.  With the exception of the Technics.

Here’s my quick breakdown.  But be sure to check out the pics below…

My favorite this week is by far the Pioneer PL 7.  Okay I’m biased because I run the 720 from the PL 7 family.  This one is in great shape, but you’ll need to replace the cartridge.

Next in the roundup is the Pioneer PL 4.  Again a superb offering by Pioneer.  And it’s got the same lightweight and smooth tonearm as it’s big brothers in the PL 7 class.  This one is well worth considering.

Of course, a roundup isn’t complete without throwing in the famous Technics brand.  The Technics SL 230 is a great sounding deck for the money.

(DISCLOSURE: Record Player Pro is an affiliate member of the eBay Partner Network.)

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Please remember to do your due diligence before making any purchases.

eBay Vintage Turntable Finds 7 – 16 Sept

Here’s this week’s vintage turntable roundup on eBay.

Here’s a quick breakdown.  But be sure to check out the pics below…

It’s a week of mostly Technics TTs.  But my personal fave for the week is the Denon DP 62 L.  It was released at the same time the CD hit the market.  So it’s pretty under rated and got very little play time. But it’s a rare gem of a TT and a nice score.

Next in line is the Technics SL 1900 which needs no introduction as a flagship TT from Technics.  The SL 1500 is close behind as the home version of the SL 1500 MK2.

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Please remember to do your due diligence before making any purchases.

Turntable or Record Player Difference

Whether you’re discovering the warm, analog sound of vinyl for the first time.


You’re a connoisseur, having the best record player or turntable is essential.

You’ll need one that is reliable, has all the features that you need, with good sound output and one that won’t damage your vinyl.

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17 of the Coolest Album Covers You Should Own

how to buy used vinyl records - finding dealersOne of my favorite things about collecting vinyl is the album art.

As much as I enjoy kicking back to enjoy the mahogany tones of a well kept record long after the sapphire tipped cutter has etched the sound into what was once a blank vinyl disk…

The experience wouldn’t be half as engaging without the visual stimulation of art.
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4 Easy Ways to Rock Your Turntable Audio Setup Like a Boss

Easy turntable setup and the way you go about setting up the audio depends largely on what equipment you have. Whether you have an internal or external preamp, a built-in amplifier, active speakers or if you’re hooking up to your pc and the age of your turntable, there’s an easy turntable setup to suit you.
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Anatomy of a Turntable: A Beginner’s Guide

To provide more convenience to our listening experience, there have been many digital music formats introduced during the past few decades, but many would agree that the demise of the venerable vinyl record has been greatly exaggerated.

Before we dive into the anatomy of a turntable, let’s look briefly at why, despite popular belief, vinyl records have not and will never die a silent death…
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13 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Vinyl Crate Digging Etiquette

Crate Digging Etiquette

Show Courtesy When Crate Digging for Vinyl

Crate digging for vinyl is an intimate addiction. Perhaps it’s the hunt for that classic from your childhood or that rare musical gem to add to your growing collection.

Or the thrill of coming across an album you’ve never heard of or the allure of the magical artwork. Whatever your ‘poison’ like any addiction, it will have exquisite highs, grinding lows and will puzzle most other people.
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