Thursday, 29 March 2012

More Turntable Action

I had not expected to hold onto the White CEC turntable for long and I didn't, but as usual I tuned it up somewhat before selling. I put the right belt on it (but should find a home for the one that came off, as I think it was just the wrong size, not worn out) and replaced the headshell with one that was not broken. That and the lid polishing was certainly "value added". I did not make a huge profit on it, but it did go a long way to help pay for the next turntable!

Sony PS-2400 10

Today I picked up a Sony PS-2400. It's a solid quality beast of  belt drive machine. It sold for 39,800 Yen back in 1971, and probably was not available very readily in North America. There were several variations on the theme in higher end and direct drive versions as well according to The Vintage Knob.

It's fully manual and equipped with a very nice s shaped tonearm. This may be the only turntable I currently have with Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA) adjustment. The tonearm is essentially adjustable in height at the pivot end, which ultimately controls the angle at which the stylus contacts the groove and affects the sound. The vast majority of basic consumer tables do not have this and they work well enough but its not ideal. There's a more complete, but still not overly technical description of VTA here:

Sony PS-2400 3

Sony PS-2400 9

Unfortunately some of the veneer is a bit damaged and, even worse, the lid has a chunk missing from the corner. I have some thoughts about how to fix that, but that's for later. This one is worth fixing up as much as any table I've owned, and I'm going to work at it.

Sony PS-2400 7

This turntable will be a keeper. I think my Sansui SR-525 is that much closer to going up for sale now...

Sansui SR-525


  1. That is a really nice looking old Sony. Good luck. Make sure to post your results on fixing that broken corner of the dustcover. I am curious as to how you are going to do it.

  2. I've replaced damaged dust covers by taking the old one to my local TAP Plastics store. They replicated it for a modest price. The critical parts are the metal hinges!

  3. I actually did replace the cover with one made locally and I am very happy with the results. For many turntables I wouldn't bother but this is one of my favourite and still a mainstay of my collection.