Nakamichi DRAGON-CT Computing Turntable usedLegendary, Nakamichi  DRAGON-CT Turntable with Benz L2 Wood MC CartridgeFIRE SALE: Legendary, Nakamichi Dragon CT : Computing Turntable with Biz MC L2 Cartridge - Legendary and Rare and especially the desirable in the "even rarer US version 120 Volt 50-60Hz version" ...4395.00

Legendary, Nakamichi DRAGON-CT Turntable with Benz L2 Wood MC Cartridge

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Legendary, Nakamichi Dragon CT :
Computing Turntable with Biz MC L2 Cartridge - Legendary and Rare and especially the desirable in the "even rarer US version 120 Volt 50-60Hz version" (many people believe the 120 volt version sounds better than the 100v version) comes with a Benz Wood L2 MC Cartridge with one arm tube attached. however we several other cartridge options (call me).


Please Note: The CT sensor stylus arm works as it should, smoothly and quietly rotates out when commanded to read and senses run out, and does the adjustments, finds absolute center, then returns back out of the way when done. 

                        Prefer local sale...
 
In outstanding condition visually & Sound Wonderful....


Comes with the hard to find Factory Nakmichi Record Weight and bubble level (see pictures). As seen in pics, this TT does have the glass platter "Center Search Table" (underneath factory rubber mat), spring in centering spindle works well and smooth. Motor runs quiet and keeps speed. Speed lamp works.
Comes with manual, Benz wood case and acrylic cover (no cracks).


Serial # V102 01437

Nakamichi DRAGON-CT Computing Turntable - Original Sales Brochure

Nakamichi DRAGON-CT Computing Turntable - Owner's Manual

Dragon-CT Features & Benefits:

• Eccentricity wow is eliminated by the unique Nakamichi Absolute Center Search System

• Belt-drive wow is eliminated by the Nakamichi SLT Direct-Drive system.

• Direct-drive flutter is eliminated Nakamichi's "cog-free" Super Linear Torque DD motor.

• Surface and airborne variations are eliminated by an unusual dual-suspension double-cabinet construction.

• The precision semi-automatic viscous-damped tonearm has exceptional tracking accuracy and warp-tracking ability.

• One-touch ultra-smooth cueing prevents stylus damage and can be operated with the dustcover closed.

• One-touch "cut" control returns the arm and stops the turntable.

• Quartz-locked PLL FG servo provides absolute speed stability or ±6% pitch control at either operating speed.

• Vertical tracking force is adjustable from 0 to 3 g in 0.1 gram increments. Independent anti-skating control.

• 500-gram disc stabilizer reduces record warp.

• Gold-plated pin-jack outputs ensure complete flexibility. Low resistance oxygen-free-copper cable supplied.

• Independent adjustment of each isolator provides convenient turntable leveling.

• Attractive professional styling complements any decor.

Available separatelyPictured in our Audiogon's pictures: We have two extra RARE Arm Tubes at $550 each one and a Ortofon MC Cadenza Black Mono & Aidas Mammoth Gold cost no object MC Cartridge both pictured in the Audiogon ad, mounted in the extra arm tubes. It  is best to call David Weinhart for pricing (see contact information below).

       Karl's IT Retro Nakamichi Dragon-CT Review :
 Nakamichi Dragon-CT


Rare and a engineering masterpiece: Nakamichi is a Japanese company which is especially known for its best in the World expensive cassette tape decks. Perhaps the most famous of them all is the Dragon or the 1000ZXL.We have the rarest version Nakamichi Dragon CT the even more desirable better sounding US 120 volt version (not out of Japan being 100volts).

Very Brief History

Nakamichi had released about a billion different tape decks during their lifetime, but only two turntables. Their first turntable was named TX-1000. With its dimensions it was an absolute monster. It was 27 inches long and weighed almost 90 pounds. It wasn’t exactly cheap to say the least. In 1982 it cost 1.1 million yen, which was about 7000 GBP. It was bloody expensive, and not even audiophiles were buying the player, so it’s pretty much impossible to see one of these in the wild. Nakamichi wanted something more affordable, so they came out with the Dragon-CT in 1983 and even though it was a lot cheaper, it wasn’t cheap by any measures, it cost about £1500. Please note: In current dollars adjusting for inflation is approximately $15,000.

Design

The difference between those two is quite apparent at first sight. While the TX-1000 was designed by Etsuro Nakamichi himself and built by Micro-Seiki, the Dragon was designed by Junichi Okumura and built by Fujiya Audio. The Dragon lost a lot of weight compared to the TX-1000, it’s got a lot smaller and it’s got a lot simpler. Nakamichi got rid of some fancy features, like backlit buttons or pretty amazing display (for its time).

When I first saw the Dragon in the brochure, I didn’t fancy it much, but I have to say, it looks much better in person. It’s actually very pretty and it certainly looks a lot better than today’s crap turntables like Pro-Ject. It’s a classic direct drive, two speed turntable, 33 and 45 rpm. With all the accessories, it weights about 44 lbs, which is about 20 kg. Even though it may seem quite heavy, compared to the the TX-1000 monster which weights twice as much, it’s not. But since the TX-1000 was made of metal, while the Dragon was made of wood, it’s quite understandable. The platter weights 4.5lbs which is about 2kg, the rest is chassis and electronics.

Operation

The turntable is quite difficult to set up. Just a tiny bit of a mistake and it’s skipping like crazy. I’ve never had such a problem with setting up a turntable before. There are couple of features to help you set up the turntable for the maximum performance though. First is the oil reservoir which makes the arm movement as smooth as possible. At least in theory, I’m not sure if it actually helps with anything, but it should. Then of course, we need to set up the counter weight and anti-skating according to the cartridge manual. For this test, I am using Yamaha MC-11, its tracking force is rated at between 1.5 and 2.1g. It has one unique and cracking feature up in its sleeve you can use, before you drop the needle down on the record.

But first, let me get back to the Dragon Cassette deck one more time. Nakamichi always implemented some crazy shit in their products, but it was always state of the art and sometimes a bit overengineered. The Dragon was really special in so many ways, but it has one really interesting and unique feature. Every time you play a cassette, the deck calibrates its head for an optimal performance. They call it Nakamichi Automatic Azimuth Correction. Nakamichi had implemented something similar to this turntable, they named it Absolute Centre Search System. Some vinyl records may have some minor or major imperfections, like off centre hole, or the hole may be oversized, which makes the record rotate off the centre. The Absolute Centre Search System does exactly what it says it does, it searches for an absolute centre of the record. It does that by measuring the groove eccentricity of the record with the second arm and then makes necessary corrections and adjustments to position entire platter with the little thing on the edge of the platter. Does it actually work? Well, it does. Without the calibration, the cantilever wiggles like crazy and after the calibration it’s a rock steady. Nakamichi claims, that thanks to this system, the wow and flutter will be virtually non-existent and that it can then read 100% of the information from the groove. It’s quite a bold claim. I’ve found one problem with the system though. It doesn’t fancy transparent records at all. But as it usually is, transparent records are always source of problems. Absolute Centre Search System was first implemented in the TX-1000, so the Dragon is not the first device with this feature. Nakamichi wanted to make the TX-1000 perfect, so they not only implemented the Centrer Search System, but also bought an Audio-Technica AT666, fitted the thing to the TX-1000 and named it VS-100. It’s essentially another stabiliser, that uses vacuum to hold a record and the platter together. Measuring the centre takes some time, depending on how much the record is off, of course. This can take up to one minute. If you reckon that’s long, put the bloody VS-100 on and you’ll wait for another 10 minutes before you can start the playback. If you’re impatient, you should better get two systems and switch between them. Listening to one, while the other is stabilising the record.

Sound

And here we are, how does it actually sound? They say it sounds better than the TX-1000, but since it’s pretty much impossible to get the TX-1000, I can’t test it. Even though the Dragon sounds excellent, I have to be perfectly honest with you, I find my Yamaha GT-2000 better sounding, even after the centre search. It apparently doesn’t need these kind of fancy features to get the best out of the record. I’ve made couple of direct recordings, so you’d have some idea how it actually sounds with the Yamaha MC-11 cart (watch the video). As I said, it really sounds great, but not perfect, this cartridge can do a bit more. Of course, the most important part of the entire chain is properly pressed record and properly chosen cart. And since playing the record is all about vibrations, the turntable needs proper suspension, firm and easily turning arm to reduce unwanted vibrations.

Conclusion

The Dragon is really special kind of turntable. In 1983 it was state of the art, it has very nice features, it looks good, the sound output is excellent, but it’s still bloody expensive. If you can find one these on ebay, it can cost about 6 or 7 000 GBP and I don’t reckon it’s really worth it. You can find better looking and overall better turntables for much less. It’s expensive just because of the name and the rarity of the turntable. The main arm is solid, rigid and very stable. Someone may be put off by the head shell which is not removable, but it should be more stable the way it is. The suspension works quite well actually, I tried to simulate a little earthquake and it was holding perfectly. It’s a brilliant turntable, the absolute centre search makes it unique. I am not aware of any other turntable with the similar feature. I absolutely love putting the record on the platter, watching the second arm measuring the absolute centre, dropping the arm on a record and listening to the crackling sound of a dirty groove. Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for you today, I’ll catch you later.

 

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David Weinhart
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