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Stock AR XA Turntable with Shure cartridge , $295 plus shipping
Why spend more to buy a refurbished AR turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?
Buying vintage electronic equipment on eBay can be a gamble. To better your chances at winning, you want two things: 1) Plenty of information about the auction item; and 2) A seller you can trust.
When an AR turntable is refurbished by Vinyl Nirvana, it undergoes a multi-step inspection and tuning regimen. Ask another seller of aa AR table on Ebay these questions and see if you can get a response…
Is the motor running silently? Any unhealthy bearing noise? Is the spindle straight? Was the spindle cleaned of old belt residue, which can cause rumble? Does the belt properly interface with the spindle on both 33 and 45 rpm? Is the belt new or in near mint condition? Is the proper length belt installed? (Differences of less than an inch can result in speed changes.) Is the proper width belt installed? (Differences can result in belt slippage or faulty change of speed.) Has the platter bearing been inspected? Is it straight, true, and without significant wear? Has the platter bearing well been inspected? Was it cleaned of old grease and contaminants? Was it properly lubed with appropriate oil? Is the tonearm functioning properly? Any significant side-to-side motion, which can adversely affect tracking? Is range of motion appropriate? Is anti-skate functioning? Is appropriate tonearm weight installed? Is cueing adjusted properly? Were electrical connections cleaned and inspected? Headshell leads? Tonearm recepticle? RCA plugs? (Dirty connections can contribute to hum problems.) Are all connections tight? ( I use Dexoit products, highly recommended.) Is transport screw intact? Is it functioning properly? Are dust cover hinges intact and not stripped? Was all wiring beneath the turntable inspected? Were worn solder joints re-soldered? What is the condition of the AC cord? The interconnect cable? Are springs in good working condition? Have worn springs been replaced? Has spring suspension been tuned? (This is an art learned through having set up dozens of these tables.) Was the speed checked by strobodisc at 33 and 45 rpm? Was headshell inspected? Is there any stripping? Do the cartridge screws hold tight? Are the leads brittle? Is the tonearm rest original? Is it functioning properly? Is a proper mat installed? Is the base intact? Are the rubber feet intact?
If an AR table fails to pass any of the above inspections, Vinyl Nirvana corrects the problem before it gets listed. If the turntable is unsellable due to too many defects, it becomes a parts unit to be used in the restoration of other AR units. In addition to this multi-step inspection, each turntable is thoroughly detailed with appropriate cleaners. The average cleaning takes up to two hours. Though the tables Vinyl Nirvana sells will vary cosmetically, they will always be clean. Can you trust Vinyl Nirvana as a seller? Please read our ebay feedback (username ddarch44)regarding sales of turntables. Notice references to item exactly as described. Notice references to excellent packing. Notice references to our service and committment after the sale.
This Week’s AR XA Starter Package
I am delighted to offer this turntable on Vinyl Nirvana as a starter package. With a vintage Shure M91ED cartridge installed, you will be off to a great start enjoying your vinyl LPs.
Cosmetically, this table is an 7.o on a scale of 1-10. The walnut veneer is in fair to good shape. There are several small nicks in the veneer as well as some scuffs. None, in my opinion, are unsightly. The metal portion of the plinth is in just fair condition. If you look at the photographs carefully, you will see a major area of wear behind the tonearm, a 1 inch scratch to the right of the tonearm along the edge, and a small circular blemish to the left front of the armrest. In addition, where there was some circular glue residue that could not be removed, I installed a bubble level. Otherwise, the rough textured paint finish is in good condition. The turntable comes with a dustcover in overall good condition with several minor scuffs and scratches, but no cracks. The table is supplied with a new felt mat.
The Shure M91ed Cartridge
The Shure cartridge is a classic with a special synergy to the XA. In fact, many XA’s and XB’s were sold with this cartridge preinstalled. I am not an expert at determining stylus wear visually, but to my years, the stylus does not sound worn. However, aftermarket styli are readily available for this model.
The shipping is extra. I have years of experience in shipping turntables. Your turntable will reach you in the condition pictured here. All of my tables are guaranteed to look and function as described or may be returned for a full refund minus shipping within ten days of receipt. After ten days, valid returns are for merchandise credit only.
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