I recently purchased a vintage Dual 505-2 turntable and have spent a couple of months tweaking as follows;
Completely serviced, lubricated and adjusted all moving parts as per service manual.
Fitted new drive and pitch control belts.
Fitted and aligned new AT95e and/or Ortofon OM 10 cartridge/stylus units (prefer the AT).
Replaced the earth cable and RCA cables with better quality unit.
Fitted wooden plinth and nice condition tinted dust cover from 505-3.
Fitted heavier and more asthetically pleasing 505-3 platter and slip mat.
Fabricated a sturdy wall shelf (very securely fitted into wall studs) with a rubber footed granite chopping board between deck and shelf.
All of the above has cost me a total of £110.00.
Through the phono stage of my Denon PMA - 355UK into biwired Tannoy Mercury V4 I have created a very pleasing sound to my ears although the vocals can seem a little recessed. I have mostly 60's, 70's and 80's vinyl which I am wet cleaning then vacuuming (Knosti Anti-Stat) and listen to a wide genre of styles but very little jazz or classical.
Now the point of my post is that I have recently come into a little money and am considering purchasing a turntable up to a maximum of £1000.00 (including arm and MM cartridge). The suspects under consideration are various Project decks at this price range, Michell Techno, Inspire Apollo, Rega RP6, Clearaudio Concept and Edwards TT2. There is a dealer fairly close who has all in stock (presumably for demo as well) apart from the Apollo (which is my current favourite) and the Clearaudio.
The question is - will my phono/speaker set up be suitable for this level of source or should I be looking at the £500.00 mark for a better match. I would like to avoid having to buy separate phono stages/MC transformers etc. The speakers cannot be changed as they form part of the home cinema system. There is a phono stage on the AVR-3312 but it sounds inferior to me. The PMA-355UK is used as a power amp (from pre-outs on AVR-3312) to power only the left and right front speakers no matter the source and is run in direct mode.
Thanks for reading this missive and,as usual, thanks in anticipation of your comments and advice.