A Quality Pioneer PL-518 that has been
completely restored. The PL-518 is a rock-solid table, has a fantastic motor
and tonearm, which makes it a fabulous table for performance. Even better, it looks phenomenal and will be
a centerpiece of your audio rig. All
internals inspected/lubed and electronic controls cleaned. The Isolation
Platform is a solid 20 pound piece of inert MDF that is isolated from the
surface via Vibrapods to virtually eliminate any type of vibrations. The
turntable itself is then coupled via black chrome spikes to the Isolation
Platform to assure a rock-solid connection between the two.
The attractive Figured Black Walnut is finished with a hand-rubbed
oil base then more than 20 coats of clear Lacquer to give the chatoyance an
opportunity to really shine. It is very cool to walk by and watch the grain
Sound is amazing. We are really believers in the performance
increase due to isolating the turntable from any and all vibrations. The width
of sound stage is a noticeable improvement over a stock table as we did
This is a fantastic piece that looks as good as it sounds. A
true "one of a kind" player that is sure to be a conversation piece
as well as a source of enjoyment when the needle hits the record. Rest
assured there is not another like it anywhere.
We have had 100% satisfied customers in our custom rebuilds and plinth
restoration service. We intend to include you in that list.
Because cartridges are such a personal thing, this table is not included with
one. I do sometimes include an Ortofon
Omega as a place holder, but that would kind of be an insult to this
table. If you require a pre-set
cartridge, send me a message and we can work something out whether it be a
vintage cart I have on hand or purchasing
a new cartridge and having it installed. My personal opinion, a really nice mid-level
cartridge for this table is a Shure V15 Type IV with an LP Gear Fineline
stylus. Just sounds really nice with it.
This unit will be packed with the utmost care and guaranteed pristine delivery.
Just noticed, when pictures were taken, the hinges were not attached to the
dust cover. They will, indeed, be
attached and are in standard good condition as the rest of the table.
The following work was done to restore this
turntable back to like-new condition:
* Good condition original Pioneer Headshell
* All switches and pots cleaned and lubricated with DeOxit spray
* Motor and Spindle Cleaned and lubed
* Mechanical Assemblies Cleaned and
* Tone arm pre-set and adjusted to ensure accurate height on lift
* Verified speed-adjustment working and able to set accurate speed
at both 33.3RPM and 45RPM.
* Replaced worthless feet with SOLID SPIKES of which are
mechanically coupled to a 20+ Pound Isolation Platform that is further isolated
* Auto Return Functions as it should
* Original Dust Cover included but does
have noticeable scratches
* Power Cord has been replaced with OFC
12Ga cord and replaceable polar 2-spade standard electrical socket.
The Pioneer PL-518 is a 2-speed, direct-drive turntable fitted
with a static balance type, S-shaped tonearm.
Although the PL-518 is technically a manual,single-play
turntable, the kind traditionally preferred by audiophiles and professionals
alike, it offers two welcome conveniences.
One is the Quick-Start function. The other is the Auto-Return
function, which works like this: when the stylus enters the lead-out groove of
your record, a special Pioneer-developed device detects the increased lateral
speed of the tone arm and triggers the auto-return mechanism.This lifts the
tone arm gently, returns it to its rest, and shuts off all power to the
turntable. The mechanism is one that Pioneer has tested successfully for over
100,000 continuous operations, and one guaranteed to perform with minimum noise
and maximum reliability.
The PL-518's platter does not begin to rotate until you lift the
tone arm and move it toward the outer edge of the platter.This convenience is
appreciated all the more when you use it in combination with the oil-damped Cue
Lever which lets you lower the stylus to the record surface (at the point of
your choice) without risk of dropping the arm or nicking the record.
All controls on the Pioneer PL-518 are grouped on the right hand
side of the platter to make handling easier still. In addition to the
adjustment controls for the tone arm there is the Cue Lever, the SpeedSelect
Button, and the Fine Pitch Control. Also on the right is the built-in strobe
with an attractively illuminated light/calibration arrangement so that you may
keep a visual check on the platter's accurate speed.
Pioneer has developed a 16-pole, 24-slot DC servomotor for the
PL-518, one that provides exactly the same high signal-to-noise ratio and low
wow/flutter as that used in the more expensive PL-520 model. This motor's
magnetic circuit is twice as strong as conventional direct-drive types, a fact
which contributes greatly to its improved resistance to torque ripple caused by
uneven magnetic force.
Its switching frequency is also doubled, to 13.3Hz. Together
these mean improved load characteristics, more accurate platter speeds at all
times and, ultimately, better tonal quality results from your records.
You will find that few if any turntables in this price range
offer such outstanding performance specifications: the signal-to-noise ratio
achieved by the super-silent DC servo direct-drive motor is a high 73dB or
less, while wow/flutter is an excellent 0.03% or less, and will stay that good
over long years
Type: direct drive
Motor: 16-pole, 24-slot, DC servo motor
Platter: 320mm aluminium alloy diecast
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Speed control range: +-2%
Wow and flutter: 0.03%
Tonearm: static-balanced type, s-shaped pipe arm
Effective length: 221mm
Cartridge weight range: 4 to 10g