Written by Laura | 18th February 2021
For those looking for warmth and nostalgia in their music, vinyl record players provide an unmatched listening experience. They’ve experienced a surge of interest in recent years as audiophiles and collectors have flocked to their retro appeal. As a result, record players are worth something these days. If you’ve inherited one or found a dusty relic in your attic, hifi & audio equipment experts Denny Hoekstra and Ariel Cabello reveal the factors that will help you determine the value of your record player.
A player in good condition should have a flat base, the turntable should be able to turn freely and the arm should be able to move without providing any friction. The stylus and cartridge should be in great condition as well, so that when the records touch them, no damage should occur.
Many companies have made record players over the years, but some brands ultimately produce better models than others. The most valuable record players are made by brands like Thorens Linn, Micro Seiki, Denon, Garrard, Technics and Rega. Dual, Kenwood and Marantz are also code for great value. Finally, Bang & Olufsen have long been known for crafting exceptional record players. But if you own any of these, you could have a high-quality, high-value player.
Bang & Olufsen are well-regarded for producing quality
Some models are true winners when it comes to great value. The Linn Sondek LP12 is coveted among collectors. The model was introduced in 1972 and its wooden exterior makes for a player that’s both aesthetic and valuable. The most inexpensive ones—in good condition—can be worth around €700, but prices go up with modifications and additional parts.
Although damaged or broken record players don't have the same value as ones which still play perfectly, that doesn't mean broken players don't have any value at all – though be aware that many marketplaces, including Catawiki, won’t accept damaged players. For many, some record players can still be valuable because of their design. While record player companies in the 60s and early 70s focused mainly on the sound by producing quality amplifiers and speakers, the focus in the late 1960s and 70s shifted towards great designs This was in part due to the success of Stanley Kubrik’s 2001 ‘A Space Odyssey’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’.
Some examples of rare designs include, the Audio Research XA—one of the simplest and best designed turntables in history—Michell Transcriptors, and Dieter Rams Designs, notable for their minimalistic design and high quality construction. Although sound qualities do vary in these devices, they remain highly collectable pieces.
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