I had a great collection at one time. My dad had a bar with a DJ booth full of records from the 70's and 80's. I sifted through them as a teenager and pulled out hundreds along with all the stuff I collected from yard sales and flea markets. I hung on to some of the ones that I really liked, I'm honestly not sure what happened to the rest. I think they were lost in a move or something.
I got back in a couple years ago. I bought one of these.
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I don't recall paying that much, but it seems like a great turntable. It has a built in preamp, to some this is it's downfall. There is a simple mod to remove the preamp circuitry completely I might do. It also has a switch to disable it. I built one of these from a kit.
I don't see the un assembled version, maybe he doesn't sell kits anymore. I found the improvement to be huge with the preamp. Of course I wanted the improvement to be huge, so much of this stuff is tough to be non biased.
Come on over and listen to some vinyl and play some pinball!