Technics produced a ton of turntables during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Here is one of their offerings – the Technics SL-Q300. It’s a fairly run of the mill turntable with a few basic features. It was sold from 1983 to 1984 and retailed for around $160 though near the end of its run it was sale priced at under $100. So, it certainly wasn’t one of their high end offerings. In fact, it was frequently offered as part of Technics’ more affordable rack systems.
The SL-Q300 is a direct drive model and has two speeds of 33 and 45. It also features a Quartz lock speed control and is fully automatic. It came stock with a very basic straight tonearm with a P-mount cartridge. The P-mount kind of limits you when it comes to higher end cartridges, though Grado, Ortofon, AudioTechnica and others do make decent P-mounts these days.
So, if you’re looking for an entry level turntable with basic features and no fuss operation then the SL-Q300 will work. It might not be the best choice at the lower end of the spectrum but it will do the job. Setting up a turntable can be a difficult process and some people don’t want to tinker with their table all the time. The SL-Q300 requires almost no fuss.
As I mentioned before these tables are not high quality so they are not in huge demand from vinyl spinners. Still, you’ll see quite a few of them around and they are great for either an entry level table or garage turntable. So, for about $100 to $150 you can get a workable turntable to explore the world of vinyl and decide later if you want to take the plunge into higher end offerings.