My sister and I bought a 1219 Dual turntable, but we could not afford the rest of the catalogue, so that's when I built my first speakers - full range 17cm from Audax in a DIY enclosure filled up with an old bedcover Mum gave me, valve amplifier kit bought from Cibot Radio, and DIY transistor preamp. The temperature in my room was always a few degrees more than the rest of the house as a result: cosy to listen to the Beatles WHITE album!
My sister has since acquired a Dual CT-1440 tuner
BRAUN was another brand also on my radar at the time, although I couldn't afford it then, and has probably gone too iconic today to be affordable now. As proof, this CSV-1000 found at Hifi Vintage Christian Grados in Paris is for sale for 1200 euros!
It has been said that Braun aesthetics were an big inspiration for John Ive, the chief designer at Apple, and yes I am a fan, as we are a complete Apple household from a 27" iMac - the one I am using right now, to a number of Macbook Air, iPhones and iPads...we are completely addicted!
Bergmann Tangential Arm Turntables - Magne
There is no question in my mind, this is THE turntable, the one I would trade my wine collection for, if I had one worth that sort of money...
It is a beautiful (Danish...) object, timelessly elegant and minimalist, and the design principles behind it are flawless.
For me, it is a modern version of Pierre Clement's latest product with a hint of Braun aesthetic, the inspiration behind all John Ive designs at Apple.
At 12000$, it is certainly more affordable than even a second hand Clement contraption, if you can find one ! Not quite a bargain, but still accessible. and this is their entry level!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.