Second hand Turntables
Only spoiled children get brand new turntables! Second hand turntables is often the only option for budding young DJ's, dying to control the beats and feet on the dancefloor. Like certain makes of cars, specific turntable manufacturer's models don't loose much of their quality over time whereas they drop in price as soon as they become labeled as 'pre-owned'. Study reliable resources first to get an impression of which last and which break.
When it comes to purchasing second hand turntables, the world renowned Technics models like the Technics 1200's or 1210's are probably your best bet. These are direct drive turntables that are known for their long-term reliability. They are also the pricier second hand turntables just because of that fact. It's definitely worth visiting the current owner to take those pre-owned turntables for a spin. Does the pitch control feel 'off'? Do the turntables have a mind of their own, speeding themselves up when you knew for fact you had it 'in the mix'? These are tell tale signs of dodgy second hand turntables. Test driving is a must unless the seller has real good reputation and/or a perfect returns policy.
Belt driven turntables that have been around a few years are often unreliable. Servicing can be expensive too due to the increased number of moving parts inside the turntables. Again, having a go on such second hand turntables is defnitely the way to go prior to buying them on eBay or elsewhere. If you are buying a complete set with a mixer you could ask the owner to set up a live broadcast via software such as Shoutcast.
That way you can listen to the performance before even going to check them out. Be sure to know exactly what does and doesn;t come with the turntables you;re about to buy. Good audio cables aren't cheap and if the original boxes are supplied it's a lot easier to ship.
Like with many goods a second hand Turntables can probably be found on ebay and better still you can register free. ( )
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