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SOLD - FOR SALE: SOTA Star V circa 2008 American Cherry

Item #649323665
Info: SOTA Star V circa 2008 American Cherry

Asking Price:
USD $2150.00
Payment method: Paypal
Condition: 8 - Very good (?)
Date Posted: Aug 27, 17 2:54pm (PST)
Edited: Sep 26, 17 8:27am
About Seller: IL, United States
Product Brand: SOTA
Product Model: Star V
Days in System:30

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***UPDATE*** - This turntable has recently returned from SOTA for a factory tune up in June 2017. The findings should be appendend to this listing as Extra Description. Please let me know if the findings aren't posted.

Sota Series V Star Vacuum Turntable circa 2008. American Cherry finish.

This is a one owner turntable from a non-smoking, pet free, adult household.

This sale is for the turntable, vacuum pump and associated tubing, reflex clamp, Origin Live Silver Mkii tone-arm, Riggle VTAF, dust cover and MINT protractor. The dust cover has defects which are noted below.

The turntable has low hours. It has seen very little use over the last 3 or 4 years. The finish is American Cherry. It has the composite armboard drilled for the Origin Live Silver Mkii tonearm that is included in this sale.

I’ll rate the table at least 8/10. The table is in good physical condition but will need some normal maintenance in the future. See Tune up findings in the extra description portion of the listing.

The tone arm was purchased new through SOTA. It is an Origin Live Silver MKii. I rate the tonearm condition 8/10 just for age.

The dust cover originated from an earlier, model SOTA turntable. The dust cover had condition issues prior to my owning. The rear, left corner of the dust cover has hole in it, the hole is about the size of a quarter but a bit more oblong in shape. The rear right corner is has a vertical crack approximately an inch long extending from the bottom edge upward in the corner radius. The lid also has some scuffs and scratches. The lid hinges function well - the are the old style hinges. SOTA can drill a new dust cover to fit these hinges if you choose. If you can live with the defects this lid does keep most dust off the surface of the platter.

The dust cover I will rate at 3/10. The defects are very noticeable.

The pump has been located in a closet near the listening area and shows some signs of being bumped around a bit. It doesn’t take much to dislodge this finish from the mdf so there are places where you can seen bare mdf on the pump/power supply. If you plan on having it plain sight you may want to have it resprayed.

Included in this sale is a Mint Best Tractor for cartridge alignment for the Sota / Origin Live combination and a Riggle VTAF with the teflon mod.

The turntable and will ship in the original SOTA packaging. There is a little water staining on the packaging. The turntable was not in the packaging when the staining occurred.

The pump will wrapped in several inches of 1/2” bubble wrap and packaged in it’s original box.

The tonearm will ship securely packaged in new materials.

There is NO cartridge in this sale.

The entire sale will ship in 3 boxes.

Turntable 21 x 25 x 13 tall @ 53#

Pump 12 x 20 x 11 tall @ 13#

Tonearm / misc. 22 x 13 x 23 tall @ 13#

Originating Zip Code: 60030.

I am willing to ship by buyers preferred vendor, but I prefer local pick-up and am willing to drive a reasonable distance to make it easier to avoid shipping.

The original invoice price for this turntable with the composite arm board was $3670.
The original invoice price for the tone arm was $1000
The mint protractor was $100.
The VTAF was probably around $150 and the teflon mod another $30 or so.

Trade in value to SOTA for tt is +/- 75% of invoice. See Extra Description for SOTA correspondence.

$2150 OBO.

I’ll do my best to answer questions within 24 hours.

Buyer pays for shipping.

Additional Information:

Jun 28, 17 1:40pm
Abbreviated summary from tune up:

Series V Star, Serial No. xxxx-0xxxx in American cherry finish was hand delivered with power supply and reflex clamp, no drive belt, power cord, but hose and DIN cable were included. Reflex clamp base has been machined exposing raw aluminum. Table has old style hinges. Do you have the power cord?
Ø Vacuum system has good readings, vacuum lip is in good condition.
Ø Platter is current style with round bearing block assembly.
Ø Bearing and sapphire disc show medium wear.
Ø Series V motor assembly is quiet and tracks on speed with very minor adjustment.
Ø Series V sub-chassis noted
Ø Suspension is borderline “spongey” after adjustments
Ø Series V power supply needed slight adjustment to achieve appropriate specs

Basic service recommendations include
$N/C – Drive belt with prepaid Tune Up
$N/C – Springs adjustment
$N/C – Recalibrate power supply
$245 – Optional bearing/disc replacement
$405 – Springs replacement

Upgrade/Trade in correspondence:

Your inspection report lists it is a series five Star. Nova upgrade would be zirconia or ceramic bearing and vinyl mat vs. steel bearing and acrylic mat your Star has. Springs are the same in either table.

Trade in value would be somewhere in the 75% of value when purchased in 2008. Clamp and board would be a +/- in the cost as well as if you can find the power cable.


Turntable P/S and Vac and misc tubing.
Tone Arm - OL silver Mk II
Reflex Clamp
Mint Protactor
Riggle VTAF

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