Micro Seiki DD-1 Vintage Turntable, Works Fine

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 19, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House
Micro Seiki has made some of the finest turntables, and was an OEM for many of the great name brands. This is a Micro Seiki DD-1 direct drive which doesn't seem to turn up very often. A good, basic manual turntable that doesn't have the automated mechanisms which eventually break down. It has 33 and 45 RPM with speed adjustment knobs and a strobe window to verify the speed. It has a very nice Micro Seiki tonearm and original headshell which are desirable in their own right. I have tested both speeds and speed controls are working properly, and that it plays records just fine. Cables out back for connecting to your preamp/receiver (you will need a phono input), connections verified good. No manuals but you don't really need one if you are familiar with basic setup and operation of turntables.
Included is a working Empire 350DE cartridge, unknown hours but needle looks OK under magnification and I verified that it plays fine. I believe that this is a middle of the road cartridge made for Empire by Azden.
I originally bought this thinking I would use the tonearm for another project but decided instead to fix it up, as it was in good shape. As the owner of over 10 turntables already, I just don't have the room to keep that many and want this to go to a new owner.
are the details of the condition. I rate the condition conservatively as 7/10, mainly because the dust cover is not original. Overall clean, no major defects, a few small nicks and t The armrest holder was loose and has been reglued with industrial grade adhesive. The dustcover was missing and has been replaced with one from a Sansui which is a very close fit. The dustcover has some light scratches but no chips or cracks. In fitting the new dustcover, four small holes in the back for the hinges were exposed so they were covered with wood filler, not an exact color match but you can't see it from the front.
As a collector of turntables, I will pack this with care. The platter will be removed and wrapped separately, as well as the headshell and cartridge, to prevent damage. The tonearm and counterweight will be secured. Shipping based on packaged weight of 21 lbs. eBay ship calculation is based on UPS rate, I also offer Fedex ground which may save money. Please wait for ship quote and invoice to be sure of rate. Prefer US sale only, open to international but at your own risk and shipping cost may be excessive.