Sota Sapphire Star Turntable with Eminent Technology ET-2 Tonearm & Benz Ruby Cartridge -- UPDATE August 24, 2016
Part of an estate sale I recently purchased. I'm not an audiophile so this is a bit too much for me -- but probably perfect for you. In the original box (pictured). I did some research on-line and found this was/is a $8000+ set-up.
Includes Sota Sapphire Star Turntable, Eminent Techology ET-2 Tonearm, Benz Ruby Cartridge, Power Supply, Dust Cover and Air Pump. The real 'gem' is the Benz Ruby cartridge http://www.tweakshop.com/Benz.html looks like cost was/is $4500.00.
Cosmetics look great. I'd give an 8-9 on a 10 scale. The only deficiency I can see is the backside corners of the dustcover. There are some stress fractures (both corners). I provided one picture -- other side is about the same.
UPDATE: I took the TT to Stereo Unlimited in San Diego to have a complete check of functionality. Stereo Unlimited specializes in the highest end audiophile equipment. Also specialize in TT repair. Owner Bruce handled the check/tuneup personally.
See last photo for copy of the invoice that included a complete inspection. Result: all functions operate including the vacuum pump and mat. The Benz Ruby cartridge was checked under a microscope and showed mild wear. TT checked for speed accuracy. ET-2 tonearm was aligned.
Bruce stated this TT is one of the toughest to ship and recommend if at all possible to have a local pick-up. He mentioned he had sold one to a person who flew into San Diego from N. California to hand carry home. At Bruce's recommendation I disconnected the arm with cartridge and placed in a separate box for shipping meaning the tonearm will need to be realigned.
Per Bruce the only item missing from the TT is the Sota clamping device that holds down the record (for suction). This will need to be purchased by the buyer.
Bruce said the asking price was a great price (for any buyer). The TT was owned by a UC Berkley professor, literally a little old man, TT is a one owner since new. Cartridge alone is worth more than the selling price...
1. No Returns.
2. I'll pay for shipping in the USA. Buyer to pay actual cost for international shipments.
Please feel free to ask any questions.