U-Turn Audio Turntable?

Anyone have any experience? I have an Audio-technica ATLP 120 and have been looking for an upgrade without breaking the bank. 

I've come across U-Turn, and specifically their mid line turntable (with the upgraded platter and cartridge), and even though it is roughly the same price as the ATLP 120, it seems like it would be an upgrade. Especially if I could sell my ATLP 120 and basically trade up...

any thoughts?
9/1/00, 4/28/03, 7/5/03, 7/6/03, 7/12/03, 10/1/04, 9/28/05, 5/27/06, 5/28/06, 6/1/06, 6/27/08, 6/30/08, 8/7/08 (EV), 6/12/09 (EV), 10/27/09, 10/28/09,10/30/09, 10/31/09, 5/21/10, 6/15/11 (EV), 9/2/12, 7/19/13, 10/21/13, 10/22/13, 10/27/13, 4/28/16, 4/29/16, 8/7/16, 11/4/16 (TOTD), 8/18/18, 8/20/18

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  • Attaway77Attaway77 N/APosts: 1,665
    edited January 8
    I have U-Turn... This is what I went with,  little pricey but it wasn’t out of my pocket. It was from when my flight got jacked up coming back from Montana, I went ahead and used part of that airfare refund and went all in on this. I went with the Ortofon 2m blue cartridge with the built in pre amp:

    https://uturnaudio.com/products/orbit-special-turntable







    Dallas 7/5/98, San Francisco 7/15/06, 7/16/06, San Francisco 8/28/09 (OL) Bristow 5/13/10, New York 5/21/10, East Troy 9/3/11-9/4/11 (PJ20), Missoula 9/30/12, Chicago 7/19/13 (Wrigley), Pittsburgh 10/11/13, Buffalo 10/12/13, Baltimore 10/27/13, Dallas 11/15/13, Austin 10/12/14 (ACL), Memphis 10/14/14, St. Paul 10/19/14, Milwaukee 10/20/14, Denver 10/22/14, Fort Lauderdale 4/8/16, Miami 4/9/16, Hampton 4/18/16, Philly 4/28/16, 4/29/16, New York 5/1/16, 5/2/16, Seattle 8/10/18 (Safeco), Missoula 8/13/18
    Eddie Vedder - Berkeley 4/8/08, Austin 11/9/12, 11/11/12
    Temple of the Dog - Upper Darby 11/4/16
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 13,424
    2M blue is a very nice cartridge.  U turn has a good reputation, particularly for the price.  The downside of going built in pre is the loss of future flexibility.  You would have to spend more than the price difference to get a decent pre though. 

    I think that any Rega, project or Uturn in that price range will be comparable. Acrylic platter is a nice upgrade too. 
  • pjpitt89pjpitt89 Posts: 1,325
    Thanks ^^ I appreciate the feedback. I hope to grab one of these sometime soon, wasn't sure what to do with the built in pre amp or not, as my current turntable also has a built in. I couldn't figure out if I should get the built in, get my own, or purchase theirs without built in. 
    9/1/00, 4/28/03, 7/5/03, 7/6/03, 7/12/03, 10/1/04, 9/28/05, 5/27/06, 5/28/06, 6/1/06, 6/27/08, 6/30/08, 8/7/08 (EV), 6/12/09 (EV), 10/27/09, 10/28/09,10/30/09, 10/31/09, 5/21/10, 6/15/11 (EV), 9/2/12, 7/19/13, 10/21/13, 10/22/13, 10/27/13, 4/28/16, 4/29/16, 8/7/16, 11/4/16 (TOTD), 8/18/18, 8/20/18
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 13,424
    pjpitt89 said:
    Thanks ^^ I appreciate the feedback. I hope to grab one of these sometime soon, wasn't sure what to do with the built in pre amp or not, as my current turntable also has a built in. I couldn't figure out if I should get the built in, get my own, or purchase theirs without built in. 
    Does your integrated/stereo/AVR have a built in phono and if so, any sense of the quality?  
    For a few years, I was using a Yamaha AVR for all audio and didn't like the built it.  So I had a cambridge and an Emotiva preamp that I would swap out now and again.  Not too long ago, I moved my vinyl over to my vintage Pioneer SX and started using the built in.  It's amazing how different your records will sound with various setups so I do like the flexibility.  I'm also a tinkerer. 
  • pjpitt89pjpitt89 Posts: 1,325
    mrussel1 said:
    pjpitt89 said:
    Thanks ^^ I appreciate the feedback. I hope to grab one of these sometime soon, wasn't sure what to do with the built in pre amp or not, as my current turntable also has a built in. I couldn't figure out if I should get the built in, get my own, or purchase theirs without built in. 
    Does your integrated/stereo/AVR have a built in phono and if so, any sense of the quality?  
    For a few years, I was using a Yamaha AVR for all audio and didn't like the built it.  So I had a cambridge and an Emotiva preamp that I would swap out now and again.  Not too long ago, I moved my vinyl over to my vintage Pioneer SX and started using the built in.  It's amazing how different your records will sound with various setups so I do like the flexibility.  I'm also a tinkerer. 
    No it doesn't. My current set up is not impressive. I have an Audiotechnica 120LP direct drive turntable that has a build in preamp. That hooks to a Yamaha AVR without phono input, and using paradigm atom bookshelf speakers. If I can get some cash, I was going to switch to the Uturn, but the preamp is an added cost, obviously.
    9/1/00, 4/28/03, 7/5/03, 7/6/03, 7/12/03, 10/1/04, 9/28/05, 5/27/06, 5/28/06, 6/1/06, 6/27/08, 6/30/08, 8/7/08 (EV), 6/12/09 (EV), 10/27/09, 10/28/09,10/30/09, 10/31/09, 5/21/10, 6/15/11 (EV), 9/2/12, 7/19/13, 10/21/13, 10/22/13, 10/27/13, 4/28/16, 4/29/16, 8/7/16, 11/4/16 (TOTD), 8/18/18, 8/20/18
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