Nakamichi Dragon CT Turntable. Rare and Collectible $7999
The Dragon CT turntable it's one of the rarest tables ever made my large manufacturer. It was the top-of-the-line turntable at the time and possessed features that had never been done before making it into a mythical piece. I had always read about this unit and seen pictures but I never had the pleasure of seeing one person. It is everything that everyone has talked about and more. The auto centering function is a wonder to look at in operation. The construction of the table is top-notch and in line with the other Dragon products from Nakamichi.
If you are not familiar with the auto centering feature here is a short description. Nakamichi righfully believed that many records did not have the center hole purely centered on the disc and effected the sound quality. This is true to some degree as I have found over the weeks of testing and enjoying this unit. When you initiate the auto centring feature, the rear arm automatically comes out and finds the last groove on the record. It then measures the offset from center and stops the platter at a specific place. A small actuator comes out from the side and pushes the floating platter to a predetermined dimension thus centering the record on the spindle. If needed it will do this several times until the absolute center is located and adjusted. In order to achieve this the platter sit on a smooth piece of glass which can move off center for what seems to be at least 1/4 inch.
Finding a dragon CT is a rare thing but finding a dragon CT and in perfect working condition is even more rare. This unit works like it should and will be a wonderful addition to someones collection. The platter spins precisely and locks down to the correct speed, the CT100 arm also tracks properly and lifts and lowers properly. The strobe light works and is very bright and visible. There are easy adjustments for both anti-skate and tracking force.
The unit will be delivered without a cartridge installed but I have in stock many cartridges, both moving coil and moving magnet from Sumiko, clear audio and Grado. If you would like one installed and calibrated let me know and I will provide a price.
Cosmetically the unit is in wonderful condition and most of the imperfections you see in the pictures are likely to be dust and glare. While there are some apparent signs of use there is nothing significant. The dust cover does have some typical scratches and scuffs from use overtime but it's very presentable.
Here is your chance to own a collectible dragon CT turntable from a long gone manufacturer. Best of all, its located in the USA which is even more rare. No lowball offers please as they will be ignored.
The item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home.
Available for pickup in Ridgewood, NJ or Union Square NYC.
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