saving money for 2x turntables but what to get?
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    Default saving money for 2x turntables but what to get?

    i already have a mixer but without any turntables (djm350)

    i see some used technics 1200 on ebay , found this one for $375 from what it looks like a somewhat legit user

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Technics-SL-1200...item2eb6c9fc12

    dont really know much about turntables
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    $550

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Technics-SL-1200...item1c1d5e096c
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    $500 comes w/ hard case

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Technics-SL-1200...item3cba365f08
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    any opinions, and what is direct drive and are they all direct drive? (as in the 1200)
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    I'm no turntable pro but here's what I do know

    -Direct drive is the type of motor, kind of self explanatory but all you need to know is direct drive> belt drive and to always get direct drive.

    -Technics are industry standard and arguably the best. Similar to mac's though you will play more for the name.

    -The needles are the expensive parts IMO so be careful

    There are tons of helpful articles and youtube videos to help you buy second hand turntables. I'll leave the rest of the advice for the people who are more experience with them. I use Technic MK3's in a club but I don't know know a whole lot about them.

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    buying technics is smart, because if you sell them for some reason you'll probably get back what you paid for it. and they are tanks!!
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    look for some technics 1200's MK-5
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    If you can get MK5's on the cheap then its a bargain. You wouldnt be let down with MK2's though.

    Stick with techs in the second hand market, theyre built to last.

    Also, pick them up locally if at all possible so you can run a few important checks. Follow this guys advice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHhJlTmcgqs

    When you have them, get some good slipmats. I personally recommend either technics standard slipmats or some from http://www.sicmats.com/

    Then you need some carts and needles. The widely considered best back for buck is the Sure M44-7. But it doesnt really matter that much if youre using timecode, I used stanton 500's for a while and they were fine, didnt collect as much dust as the M44-7's either.
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    Set up ebay saved searches for all the super oem turntables. Sometimes you can get the for absolutely nothing second hand and they are all pretty much identical to the stanton st150s which are arguable the best turntables currently in production.
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    Technics hands down, tried mixing on my mates KAM's they were shocking!
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    You can't say an entire brand is bad dude, you have to specify the model.
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    Well I have used 2 different models from the KAM brand and they weren't impressive, but when buying turntables you get what you pay for them . . .

    Just make sure that the platters don't wobble, pitch faders are working correctly, no squeking when moving the platter and that the motor is working correctly with no intermittent faults.

    Its a bit risky to buy off the internet, but if you are collecting you can try them out to make sure they are working correctly.
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    Kam DDX5000's are amazing.
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