I am the original owner of this Mark Levinson Model No. 515 MC Turntable. I bought it new from an authorized dealer on July 9, 2018. If you are a Mark Levinson (or a VPI) aficionado, you will be fascinated by this bit of Levinson/VPI history. Please take a look at the product information for the 515 on the Mark Levinson web site, or just google it to find out how unique and exceptional it is.
This is the very first turntable that Levinson has ever included in their collection. It was produced in honor of Levinson's 45th Anniversary as a joint Levinson and VPI project. It was the very first turntable from VPI to sport a gimbaled version of the JMW 3D-Printed Tonearm. Look it up on the Levinson site and you will find that this is a "no holds barred" "best that can be done" analog source.
The 515 is a beautiful, functional, groundbreaking product. Some of the features include an integrated electronic speed controller for precise 33 1/3 or 45 rpm at the touch of a button ... this speed controller is a refined state of the art version of the VPI Analog Drive System. The chassis has exceptional damping properties. The platter is driven by a high torque, mechanically isolated, three belt drive.
The feet are machined Delrin and aluminum with a polymer vibration damping core.
The 20 pound aluminum platter rides on an inverted bearing so that the drive torque is applied centrally and won't create a rocking couple to cause speed variations or accelerated wear.
I have all of the original accessories, including the original packaging, the owner's manual, the two different platter mats, the Levinson record weight that is shaped like a Levinson electronics control knob, the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge, the metal adjustable JMW Memorial tonearm set up template, the digital electronic tracking force scale. If it came with this turntable, I have it, and you will get it, all in the original factory packaging.
For those interested, the tonearm base is the VPI "VTA on the fly adjustable tower." The tonearm is the first gimbaled style from VPI. VPI has extended this technology into their own product line and are now offering gimbaled versions of all of their printed tonearms. In my opinion, the tonearm's easy tracking force adjustment and set up are a huge improvement of the Levinson 515 over the prior VPI efforts. This tonearm set up was a major factor in why I bought this table last Summer. If you do make VTA adjustments, you will want to be sure to loosen both set screws that lock the platform at the VTA setting before making adjustments.
Note that in this configuration, with the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge included, the MSRP is $12,500.
People always want to know "why are you selling?" The answer is simple. I have been trying to pare down to three turntables for a couple of years. My mode of operation seems to be "sell one, buy two." I am resisting now. This turntable has been the number 2 turntable in my highest level system ... the number 1 table in that system retails for more than twice as much as the Levinson and sports a Lyra Etna cartridge. Believe me, the Levinson 515 is special and a GREAT turntable ... But there are other GREAT turntables out there too.
This is your opportunity to try the Levinson at less than its original cost. if you have a Levinson based system, or if you just love Levinson and/or VPI, you will really enjoy this turntable. And even if you don't have Levinson or VPI leanings, this is a GREAT turntable and better than anything else I can think of at my asking price.
It will ship in two boxes, one for the table and one for the separately packed platter. I will ship it, insured, with tracking, for $200 to the contiguous 48 United States. If you want it to go to some other destination, please ask me before you buy it and I will get you a discounted shipping quote. I will ship within two business days of confirmed payment. If actual shipping to CONUS is less than $200, I will refund the difference. If it’s more, I will cover it.
People will ask "How many hours are on the Cadenza Bronze cartridge?" The answer is "Less than 150" If you don't want the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, make me an offer without the cartridge included, and maybe we can come to some agreement. I can offer the cartridge later in a separate sale.
PayPal is my preferred method of payment. No upcharge.