Used Turntable Guide

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Technics SL-1200

The obvious choice. Breakfast of champions.

  • Turntable Availability : Used only
  • Part Availability : Very good - Panasonic either still make parts or have a huge stockpile of them somewhere. Some variant-specific parts aren't available - but they can usually be substituted with equivalent parts from the SL-1200MK2, if you can live with (for example) your tonearm paint being the wrong colour.
  • Typical used price : £250-£400 for a MK2, £300-£450 for a M3D/MK5, £450+ for the MK5G, silly money for the rare ones (MK4, LTD, etc etc).

Vestax PDX range

Pretty much made specifically for turntablists. Early efforts were a bit naff but the PDX2000+ range is seriously great. The PDX3000 might be the best scratch-oriented turntable ever.

  • Turntable Availability : Discontinued
  • Part Availability : Poor - some places still have stocks of parts but they're dwindling fast
  • Typical used price : £75-£150 for a PDX2000, £200-£500 for a PDX3000

Hanpin OEMs

These are the so-called "SuperOEM" turntables. Essentially 99% identical to each other, although some models have improved vibration damping.

  • Akiyama Acura DJ-4000
  • American Audio HTD 4.5
  • Audio Technica AT-LP1240
  • BST PRO-PR4.5
  • Citronic PD-45
  • Kam DDX5000
  • Koolsound TDJ-04
  • Omnitronic DD-5250
  • Pioneer PLX1000
  • Reloop RP-6000
  • Reloop RP-7000
  • Reloop RP-8000
  • Stanton ST-150
  • Stanton STR8-150
  • Synq XTRM1
  • Mixars LTA

Yahorng OEMs

Yahorng are to Hanpin what Vestax was to Technics.

Numark TTX

  • Turntable Availability : Discontinued
  • Part Availability :
  • Typical used price : £250-£400