Budget turntable

I saw a listing for an rt81 with speakers unused for 280 here in houston on facebook marketplace? I already have speakers I’ll see how much they are willing to sale the turntable for. I purchased the rt81 now all i need is a preamp and some quality rca cables.

Although the lady that sold it to me said that she did not have any of the cables so i would like some guidance to find the wall plug and maybe the 45 adapter other than that im golden

So I would contact Fluance and see if they’ll sell you a power adaptor.

Otherwise, a basic search showed a good amount of compatible generics on sites like Amazon and the same goes for the 45 adaptors and Etsy has some cool looking ones if you want something unique. I’ve bought cheap plastic ones for like a dollar at a record store and I’ve seen really fancy & nice metal ones go for like 100$.

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I’ll most likely buy one from Amazon same goes for the 45 adapter. Do you know if the rt81 is compatible with the ortofon 2m red cartridge. That will be an upgrade that i will do later on when the time is right.

Why not spend a bit extra and get a rt82? It has a better motor for not that much more money and if you wanted to you can buy directly from fluance and have your pick at the wood finish between oak , black , and the really nice bamboo. Also you can get the 83 as well and just get the stylus you want and still be within budget

Well for $160 i can’t complain. Plus i think since im new to record playing for $160 i think its a fair price to dip my toes in and not spend 400 all at once and buy something I’ll regret later on.

Ah I see I missed the part where your only getting for 160 in which case its a good deal

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Do you know of any good sellers on discogs or any other place that sales records besides local shops?

I regularly check these sites for new pressings I’m looking for.
I’ve had good experiences with how they pack and ship.




I don’t buy much from discogs, but I’ve had good experiences from:





This person knows what’s up! Plaid Room/ Colemine Records are a :gem:


Any good record cleaning brushes and kits.

I use one of these. Turntable lab has a number of other options though.

If you are looking at a cleaner for records the spin-clean is a go to option. I use the cheaper Studebaker version and works just as well. Get yourself a pack of micro fiber towels and a plastic dish rack to let them dry on. New records generally only need the brush until they are years old, but you would be surprised at how dirty some come. Brush them every time for good practice.

Record Washer System by Spin-Clean | Deep Groove Record Cleaning Helps in Reducing Pops and Crackles | Album Cleaner May Fix Skips That Have Lingered for Years | Proudly Made in The USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UKSZUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_TW7KNR14NZ7THMP28Q7C

Studebaker Vinyl Record Cleaning System with Cleaning Solution and Soft Pads Included https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GOOAEVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_626B3PF5MTCYYVC9H33T

Also consider getting one of these (or better one) for cleaning your stylus. It all seems like a lot, but think about how much you will spend on the records and how little all this extra stuff ends up being.

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I purchased the 5 in 1 opula cleaning kit for $ 11.