Turntables/Elac Miracord 45

Stevenj

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I am an equipment addict. I admit it. Up until now, I've been listening to my favorite turntable, a Lenco L75. I've just acquired a Realistic Elac Benjamin Miracord 45 (does it have enough names?). I really am enjoying this automated wonder more than the audiophiles say I should. It's bass is off the charts with it's original shure cartridge, maybe a bit to uncontrolled. I'm spinning Joe Jackson Night and Day, which is one of the best recordings I can think of.
 

Rudy

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ELAC revived the Miracord turntable line a few years ago, as the company has been re-introducing itself to the US market. Realistic (Radio Shack) didn't make their own turntables, but contracted them out over the years. The ELACs were probably among the better turntables they sold back in the day.
 

Stevenj

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ELAC revived the Miracord turntable line a few years ago, as the company has been re-introducing itself to the US market. Realistic (Radio Shack) didn't make their own turntables, but contracted them out over the years. The ELACs were probably among the better turntables they sold back in the day.
I currently use vintage TDL Monitor Transmission Line speakers, which use ELAC bass drivers. I knew about ELAC, but didn't realize they revived Miracord. I just looked up the new offerings and they look nice, but I really like idlers and heavy platters.
 

Rudy

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Those Garrard 301 and 401 idlers from the past are very much sought after these days. Sadly it has driven the price through the roof, and a handful of "restoration" companies now install them in custom plinths and often sell in the higher 4-digit or low 5-digit range.
 

KentTeffeteller

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Those Garrard 301 and 401 idlers from the past are very much sought after these days. Sadly it has driven the price through the roof, and a handful of "restoration" companies now install them in custom plinths and often sell in the higher 4-digit or low 5-digit range.

Rudy, The Garrard 301 and 401 idlers are also higher end to begin with too. Also, bear in mind, the 301 was never a hot USA seller, the grease bearing version was imported to the USA by British Industries Corportation and sold in small numbers, mainly to a few broadcast stations and professional users. And a few high end audiophile users. Remember without arm, plinth, or cartridge in 1957, it was $100. Which was not cheap. The oil bearing 301 and 401 were never catalogued by BIC nor imported here in very much numbers (BIC would import them for you on special order if you knew they existed and wanted one, and would also supply a spare parts kit and full service literature, and would order more parts if you needed them from England).
 
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