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[FS] Aiwa LP-3000 Tangential Tracking Turntable

Discussion in 'classifieds' started by Mignun, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Mignun

    Mignun pfm Member

    I'm having to clear the play room so will be offering up some rather nice and rare pieces from my collection.

    First up is my Aiwa LP-3000K Tangential tracking turntable from around 1980. For years this remained an elusive, almost mythical beast. I remember the review from Popular Hifi at the time - it was like something from science fiction and at an unheard of price (over £600 IIRC) - but the conclusion was undeniable, "one of the most impressive turntables I have heard for a long time and on the basis of this alone I thoroughly recommend it." Yes, I still have the magazine and the review...

    More information can be found here:

    It's also well worth reading the review by Adam Smith (Beobloke) of the LP-3000 for Hifi World's Olde Worlde.


    Anyway, I bought this around 3 or 4 years ago from another collector who had had it serviced. It was remarkable not just for its fine condition but also because everything worked well, including all the programmable functions. Usually they either have one or two things that don't work or they are completely faulty. A good fully working example, if treated well, should go on working fine. It hasn't had much use in my ownership but it's been a great thing to show off and play with. I ran it with a modified Denon DL103 (supposedly it likes a low compliance cart, so the 103 is ideal), however I have fitted an old Stanton 680EE for this sale as the Denon usually lives on another deck. The 680EE is fine to demonstrate the working of the T/T but it probably warrants something better. I will leave that to the buyer.


    This T/T is big and very solid and much heavier than you think - solid aluminium and even wood are used throughout, as well as a heavy acrylic lid. The platter alone weighs over 7 pounds (3.2Kg). As I say, all functions are working as they should, including the programmable functions - obviously within the limitations of the photo eye (Even when new it depended somewhat on the LP and the eye/arm/cartridge height). In my most recent testing for this sale it worked well on all bar skipping back through tracks where it sometimes couldn't see the deadwax between two tracks and would skip two instead. You can of course move the arm semi-automatically just by using the front buttons.


    Buyers collecting in person are of course very welcome to test the functions of the deck for themselves prior to taking it away.

    Cosmetic condition is best shown by the photographs. A few tiny spots of paint wear/loss along the top of the front edge from control usage, and a mark on the top deck just under the platter where the platter edge caught the paint on the top deck when it was being removed from the spindle (hidden when the platter is on) are about the only possible issues, it is otherwise superb. Some very minor signs of use along the wooden side panels. The lid is lovely, hard to fault. Overall an easy 8 out of 10 and more like 9 out of 10. Please see all the photos here:


    When these do appear (Usually in Germany) the prices these days tend to be a bit mad - and these are usually decks with issues. I'm offering this lovely example for £650 to fellow Fishers.

    I would really, really prefer this to be collected (I'm in Kent/East Sussex TN17) - while I am very experienced at turntable packing, I'd feel better if I can demo and then you can drive it away safely. Or we can arrange a delivery in person in or around South/SW London. I can pack really well if need be and send by courier but it will have to be at your risk. I can photo document the packing for the buyer and will send via next day UPS within the UK.

    Please PM me if interested. Thanks.
  2. Mignun

    Mignun pfm Member

  3. Armbored

    Armbored Member

    Amazing looking turntable, I really admire this and would love to own it. Sadly it's not the right time for me, otherwise I would grab it in a heartbeat.
    Good luck with the sale, someone will have a gem.
  4. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    Have another bump on me. I still have mine, that I featured in Hi-Fi World and its a brilliant deck - a definite keeper.

    Good luck with the sale but are you sure you won’t regret it?!
  5. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim pfm Member

    Nearly 40 yes old and it still looks like something from the future!!
    What a great looking bit of kit ..I'd love it...but where to put it!!
  6. Mignun

    Mignun pfm Member

    Thanks all. This was an all-out money-no-object assault by Aiwa to make the best turntable in the world and it shows in materials, detailing, finish, and of course the performance, which is definitely up there with other Japanese direct drive super-decks of the time (and appreciably superior to my old Sony PSX-800).

    It's quite specialised though, so I'm not expecting it to sell on PFM in any great hurry (more mainstream sites or ebay are doubtless better places for that), and yes Adam, I have debated whether I'm doing the right thing or not, but I'm not using it as much as I should, and the collection has grown a bit too much in the last decade, and it's Christmas, and...

    p.s. Thanks to Adam - you were a great source of help and advice when I was looking for one of these and eventually found and went for this one.
  7. crimsondonkey

    crimsondonkey pfm Member

    Full of want! Lovely TT, very best of luck with the sale and congrats to the new lucky owner.
  8. Mignun

    Mignun pfm Member

    She's now SOLD. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest.

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