I found this Yamaha YP-211 turntable while thrift store shopping in Atlanta today. It appears to be in good shape — electrical works, the motors move, and I hear audio coming into the amp. Nor is there any kind of physical blemishes to it.
Note: As of October 2019, this turntable is now available at Dead Tech in Atlanta where it’s being restored and available for purchase.BK
It feels like a very solid turntable. It has a nice hardwood case, a metal plate, and its mechanics appear very responsive. Plus, the overall design has a nice modern look to it.
Unfortunately, I can’t use the record player yet as its belt was disintegrated. I ordered a new belt online today, but I’m concerned about residue from the old belt that is still on the metal plate. I attempted to clean it off with some cleaning spray, but there is still some material on the plate. Does anyone know if this residue will adversely affect the performance of the turntable or cause an issue with the replacement belt?
I am also ordering a pre-amp for the turntable considering my modern amp does not have a phono input. Older amplifiers with phono inputs raise the output of phono devices so its sound is equal to that of other devices around the same volume. I’m considering the Art DJ II Phono Preamp. (affiliate link)
I hope that it works so I can start to play records again and eventually rip them into MP3s!
Yamaha YP-211 Users Manual (PDF, from Web Archive)