Sota Sapphire Turntable with Sumiko Premier FT3 Tonearm and New Grado Cartridge
We've had a few of these come by our shop over this past year, and we can't seem to keep them in stock very long. Perhaps this is because of the gorgeous dovetailed solid oak plinth sides, or the easy to find & use top located controls, or even the supple suspension system that requires no fuss. We're not sure which wins, but the combination certainly works well.
This particular sample came to us from the original owner in NYC who had it since new in the exact same location - probably 20-25 years. It features a well regarded and easy to adjust Sumiko Premier FT-3 tonearm.
We have fitted the arm with a new Grado Black cartridge so you can play tunes right out of the box, but there are many other optional cartridges available from us to hot-rod this great machine. You can even supply your own cartridge and we will calibrate it for you.
Condition is really good, there are noticeable deep scratches or dents. The cover does have the usual swirls and scuffs, but nothing really bad.
Functionally, this machine is abosolutely perfect. Speed tests at exactly 33.33 RPM with no measurable variation. The suspension is tight and level. The arm tracks perfectly and without drama.
Features a separate power supply and rubber mat.
To buy a current table of this caliber it would cost you upwards of $5k nowadays.
We can fit it with one of the following options which will include calibration (about a 2hr detailed process of perfectly setting and calibrating many parameters to ensure highest performance).
New ClearAudio Concept $250
New Sumiko BluePoint #2. $449
New Sumiko BluePoint special Evo 3 $549
New ClearAudio Virtuoso V2 Ebony $899
New Sumiko Blackbird MC $1249
Grado Prestige Gold $259
To purchase any of these just send an offer for the asking price of the table PLUS the cartridge cost above. It will take about a week to process and install.