|It is still
to buy new turntables - some with the possibility of playing 78 rpm
shellacs. If 33 and 45 rpm is enough, you have a lot
of machines to chose between.
I'm personally keen on tinkering with old turntables, and I'm not that much of an audiophile, so I am the right one to guide you to the best new machine at a given price, but do avoid the cheapest super-market models, often sold with USB-connection for your computer, free software, flimsy tonearm and a lousy cartridge.
If you want to have fun playing records, start to listen to a ProJect Debut and then a model twice og triple it's price. Then you'll understand a bit about difference and similarities in tables with different price tags. And be sure that a few hundred Euros or Dollars spent on a better cartridge or complete turntable is often a good investment in future pleasure listening to vinyl or shellac records.
Find a sensible hi-fi dealer and make her or him demonstrate what is in the grooves, listening to different cartridges/turntables. If you listen carefully, you'll probably be amazed how nice a good turntable and a well made record matches the sound of a good cd-machine with the same material.
Wider stylus for 78 rpm
If you want to play more than a few shellacs, it´ll be a good investment to buy a special stylus for this purpose.
The grooves of the 78 rpm records are wider, and playing them with a stylus for 33 and 45 rpm records will result in poorer reproduction than necessary.
Ortofon and Shure are among the numerous companies still offering pickups and styli for 78 rpm reproduction.
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Last update September 22nd 2009