When you’re just getting into collecting records it can be overwhelming at times. Not knowing all the information and having a thousand things told to you.
What to buy...
What not to buy...
What turntable is the best?
Will this turntable damage my records?
Are vintage turntables good ones to buy?
Not to mention all of the pressings of the same record.
Which record pressing should you buy?
How come the same record is more money than another one of the same music?
These are just some questions I know when I started collecting started popping into my head. Not all of them in the beginning because I really had no idea about collecting to even know what to ask.
In this blog I’m not even going to try to venture into trying to tell you the answer to all of these questions because most will come with time. However I will tell you that most vintage turntables are great. I know that they can look hideous with the old grey and new turntables on the market are more eye appealing. That saying unless you're willing to buy a U-Turn turntable at around $180 US or an audio-technica turntable around the same price most other turntables on the market at the moment in this price range could over time damage your records.
Other turntables on the market that give a modern style can be very pricey with some starting out at $350-$800. Even some of these turntables in that price range are considered beginner turntables. Mostly in the $300-400 range.
So what do you do?
Well just because old vintage turntables may look old and out of style, doesn’t mean they have to stay that way.
Recently my 15 year old daughter wanted a better turntable that she has that would have the reliability of the old vintage with some style of a modern turntable. That would cost a lot of money to buy and I wanted to give her something that showed her personality and something that she would enjoy using and looking at.
I chose to try and find an old Technics turntable with the basic auto features and design it to the style I felt it would represent her personality.
Teenagers tend to change what they are interested from one day to another but what seems to be sticking with my daughter is her love of Green Day music. So it was decided that was what I was going to design her turntable as.
If you choose to do the same thing for a turntable make sure of the following:
Remove all the parts that will fall off when moving the turntable around or could get damaged. i.e platter, headshell, cartridge, tonearm weight, cover….
If you don’t want to strip the turntable all apart because you are worried it may damage the parts or you may forget where everything would go, then don’t. I never took mine apart due to the same fear.
LOTS OF TAPE. Use masking tape to tape every crack that would cause paint to get inside of the turntable, or on areas that you would not want paint to be.
Hand sand all the areas that you will be painting and removing any foreign material. i.e old paint finish
Prime the area that you will be painting. Cheaper vintage turntables were made out of plastic and paint is hard to stick to some plastic services.
WAIT!!! This is the most important part. Wait until the primer has fully dried before painting or follow the instructions on the can of paint that you have chosen to use.
Do small coats of paint next. Small thin layers at a time are the best for better results. This turntable I did for my daughter only needed two coats.
After you paint everything use a clear coat of some sort to protect the paint job you just did. If you place decals on your turntable it would be best if you place them before applying the clear coat. This will give a better, smoother finish in the end.
Now carefully remove all the tape and put any parts you removed back on the turntable.
It’s best to let your table dry for 4 days so that the paint will have time to harden at its best.
That’s it folks. Now you have a great one of a kind turntable with a vintage feel and a modern today look.
The vintage akai AP007 broke while pimping and I ended up with just one. It was then turned into a turntable clock. Thats another blog