If you want function and aesthetics at the high end then the Oracle Delphi turntable is for you. The first version was produced around 1979 with the Oracle Delphi MK 1 version shown above being made from 1980-1984. It featured a sprung chassis, suspended sub chassis, and belt drive.
Oracle has produced improved versions of the Delphi over the years. The version history is:
- Oracle AC Model from 1979-1981
- Oracle Delphi Mk I from 1980-1984
- Oracle Delphi Mk II from 1984-1987
- Oracle Delphi Mk III from 1987-1989
- Oracle Delphi Mk IV from 1987-1989
- Oracle Delphi Mk V from 1996
- Oracle Delphi Mk VI from 2010
The Delphi is a high end turntable and you’ll have to pay a hefty price to get one. A MK 1 version in very good condition recently sold for $1359.00 (9-13-2011). Obviously the tonearm and cartridge play a large part in the price as well. The new Mk VI version runs between $7400.00 and $8400.00.
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I have an Oracle Delphi AC that I am considering parting with and happened upon your website. Thought I’d ask if you would have an interest. It has a Grace G707 III tonearm with a Shure VST-V. I have the original boxes for the table and the tonearm. Also have the original manuals for both. It’s in used, great working condition, etc.
If I understand your add you’re selling the turntable alone witch I’m interested in. If so how much you’re asking for ?
i have been offerd mk2 very good condision what should i pay please help me as i am new to vintage
Really depends on its condition and the tonearm. It was $1250.00 US when new I believe. Of course that was in the 1980’s. It’s a great table but can have issues with the motor and suspension and might require maintenance if it hasn’t been used in a while. Still, a non working MKII will sell for around $700-800. Prices are all over the place. I’ve seen some working tables sell for $800 plus shipping all the way up to $2500. I would guess somewhere just over $1000 depending upon the tonearm. But, that’s just a wild guess (and probably a pretty good deal).
I have an Oracle AC, early one too serial 12XX
Suspension has been rebuilt. Motor still keeps perfect speed. Excellent table. I am looking for manual and service manual if anyone knows of source.
Buying a used turntable with no tone arm would be like buying a car with no motor or transmission as a means of ready transportation.