I intend to run flat-transfers and then EQ
If you are very lucky, you might come across an old AR turntable you can afford. The original AR turntable
That AR turntable for $10 is "manual" indeed--the auction listing is for an owner's manual, not the manual turntable.
I had one of these. It was "fully manual", and you had to remove the turntable & move the belt when you wanted to change between 33 & 45. It had a good reputation among the audiophile community at the time (even though the tonearm was nothing fancy), and it was considered quite a bargain.
I seem to recall Technics being a popular TT brand in the 80's. Perhaps you could turn one of them up.
Thanks for the information, guys. I will keep this in mind. I saw a Dual 508 for $65 on Craigslist before posting here. Sadly it's gone now. I'm gonna keep looking.I've also asked my parents for one for Christmas. My dad made a living playing in bars and whatnot in the early 70s, and so vinyl was his format. He phased out of music after I was born, so his tastes are definitely a touch antique. As all this vinyl-reproduction stuff is so very subjective, I suspect the placebo coming off of a father-recommended turntable would be nigh irresistible to me. The brand he recommended to me off-the-cuff was Sansui. I'm not sure how they stack up; I'm slightly suspicious of generic Japanese equipment, but we'll see how this goes.
How do you deal with frequency response curve corrections when playing back at a lower speed?
It'll sound better direct off the vinyl as well.
Bear in mind that whatever kit you use to rip vinyl it will never sound as good as a professionally mastered .WAV or even decent MP3.