Marantz 6300

Marantz 6300 Dustcover

The Marantz 6300 is very popular these days and they command sometimes ridiculous prices. When it was released to the market in 1975 Marantz was still seen as making hi-end audio equipment. Of course, Superscope had owned them for some time by then and, while they did produce good equipment, the mid to late 1970’s stuff didn’t really live up to perceptions. The 6300 probably falls into that category. I know some people that like it’s look but others feel it is a little bulky and overdone. A failed attempt to convey opulence they say. Now, I’m not saying the turntable is bad. It’s not. It’s a direct drive turntable with a DC servo motor, optical auto-off, and both vertical and lateral balancing. But, by that time most decent turntables had these features and more.

Marantz 6300 Platter

The Marantz 6300 sold for $249.95 in 1975 and was on the market until around 1977. I believe part of the reason for the high demand is that a lot of vintage audio enthusiasts own Marantz receivers and want to complete an all Marantz system. So, they need a Marantz turntable. Of course, an all Marantz system in the audio cabinet would look good!

Marantz 6300 Tonearm

One common problem with the 6300 is that the pitch, or speed, control gets out of line over the years. This is usually due to a potentiometer, or two, inside the turntable becoming dirty. A quick cleaning with some DeOxit could solve the problem. Also, the feet tend to go missing and they aren’t cheap to replace.

Marantz 6300 Ad

While I may sound a little negative regarding the Marantz 6300 it’s really only because at the prices they are going for these days a person could very likely get a better turntable for less. Sure, it wouldn’t be a Marantz but it would be better. If you’re a beginner don’t drop hundreds on this turntable. Buy a similar spec Technics or even Thorens. That being said, if you must have a Marantz then expect to pay upwards of $800 for a restored unit, around $500 for an average working table, and even $200 to $300 for a parts unit. Need some feet? Well, that will cost you around $150 for four. Needless to say, you might find better value elsewhere. But, hey, it is a Marantz!

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18 thoughts on “Marantz 6300

  1. i bought my 6300 back in 1975 and still own it. still performs flawlesssly. my question is my head stock is stamped aluminum(like sheet metal if you will) i see others on ebay that are a solid aluminum. did they offer two styles or is only 1 correct for the 6300?

  2. Thank you for writing about the Marantz 6300 . I’ve been looking for turntable to buy for quite some time .I ran across a 6300 yesterday I’m 99.5% sure I’m going to buy the turntable because I have Marantz 2240 receiver .
    In my receiver this sounds beautiful hooked up to my Boston acoustic T 1000 . Also have a pair of Marantz pair 7 running to my Marantz 2240 I love how they sound thank you for writing about the turntable.
    Have a great day.

  3. Hi Donna Mahlmann … do u still have your Marantz turntable because I would like to make u an offer. Please email me back and let me know.
    Thank you
    Dan

  4. hello again Donna … not sure if you ever got my first message about your Marantz turntable. I’m still interested, never really had a descent turntable over the years. Please let me know …
    Tx
    Dan

  5. Hello Donna , I email you in Dec . How about 150 for dustcover and hinges. Send me a email one way or the other Thanks

  6. I bought my 6300 (generation one motor) in mid 1976. It is still 98% cosmetically perfect (even the dust cover), only the strobe light was replaced, and the crappy “optical auto shutoff” failed many years ago. But its still speed-accurate as heck, and fully adjustable. I still have 25 to 40 year old carts that work perfectly with it. No need for a modern plastic turntable.

    1. Hey Blake…i may have a platter…havent decided whether or not to restore this in full…i have a lot of time on my hands these days..what’s it worth to ya?

  7. I have a 6300. Works pretty well. A few issues are that on the 45 speed the pitch constantly shifts, the up cue button stopped working as did the “Auto return” feature. It was my father’s and the turntable I grew up listening to. I recently purchased an Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB-SV as an upgrade (it’s very nice by the way) and I am thinking about selling the Marantz. I did replace the stylus a couple of weeks ago with a 4825-DE from thevoiceofmusic.com, a great website, and helpful folks.

  8. Hello. I recently acquired a 6300 but it is missing some parts to make it functional. Missing are the platter (for some reason it does have the mat), headshell, and counterweight. Also missing but not needed for functionality are the hinges, dustcover, and “servo control…” emblem on the front. Does anyone happen to have these parts and willing to sell them?

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