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Old 25th Sep 2020, 8:24 am   #1
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Can anyone please identify the deck in this player and therefore if itís worth me investing in it or not?

Thanks for your help.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 8:48 am   #2
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Looks like a Lenco to my inexpert eyes

Better than a lot of modern stuff - although the Audio Technica AT PL120 X U at about £220 is a brilliant bit of kit NEW!

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It looks like Lenco GL75, very definately worth having, loads about them on Lenco Heaven.
https://www.lencoheaven.net/

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GL75 has the speed change on the left. This one seems to be a GL79 which might be the same as a B55 (according to some pix on the Internet).
Same comments apply though!
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 9:26 am   #5
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That's a very nice deck - it's not a Goldring GL75, but a GL72.
The deck alone has been listed elsewhere (and only partly tested) at £160-00.
What are you paying for this - is it a Danish built ARENA unit?
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So £20 is a good deal then?
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 10:20 am   #7
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At £20? Doubt you can go wrong.
I used to build laminated layered plinths for the Lenco (along with the Thorens and Garrards). The Lenco was always seen as the poor mans version (I'm not suggesting it sounded inferior!) I remember paying around £40 for a GL75 when the 301/401 was close to £300+. That's around 15 years ago though.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 12:11 pm   #8
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£20?! Snap it up!!

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£20-00? You must be joking. Go get it before the Seller gets this valued!
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 1:28 pm   #10
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According to this it's a Rank Arena 2000GT with a B55:
http://www.hifi-archiv.info/Rank%20A...arena72-08.jpg
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I'm no Lenco aficianado but I think the B55 is very similar to the GL72 with the lightweight platter and is not as highly regarded as some of the other models like the GL75. Probably a competent enough deck worth no more than £20 on its own, especially in unknown condition. The whole unit might be worth £40 in good working order. Not to my taste I'll admit.

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Stylistically the whole Unit looks a lot less fussy than many others.
It may not be a Lenco top of the range deck but it's styling is so similar I think that most sellers would want much more for it than £20 even on it's own! I think the OP meant investing in the player in post 1*

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Just been sent another image, it is indeed a b55
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According to this it's a Rank Arena 2000GT with a B55:
http://www.hifi-archiv.info/Rank%20A...arena72-08.jpg
Wow, youíre good!
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 9:59 pm   #15
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I’m fetching it tomorrow, fingers crossed it’s all good.
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Finally picked it up today and one of the speaker ports crackles but does let sound through albeit lower than the other. Is it worth trying contact cleaner initially?
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You're probably the best person to know the answer to that one, basically meaning that if you 'wobble' the speaker plug about in the socket does it cause the crackle to come and go?

You could swap the speakers over to see if the fault moves with the speaker or not.

If your test shows a dirty socket connection you could try a gentle squirt of contact cleaner if you've got some to hand.

If none of the above you may have a fault in that amplifier channel or you may have a faulty cartridge or the connections to it.
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