I'm Gab, based in Wollongong. We’ve whipped this page up to give you an easy way to learn about and buy a turntable.

Below you’ll find our whiz-bang product customiser, and after that, a deep-dive on your selected model.

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When we select a product at Instant Classic, we need to love it ourselves. But it also helps when industry audio critics agree.

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"The Primary E confidently nails the basics, from an even tonal balance to a delivery that’s clear and clean and spacious enough to keep things coherent. Decent body and substance cling reliably to every frequency, and that’s made all the more enjoyable by a spirited sense of drive and momentum."

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"... you get something that delivers on the premise of vinyl replay and a new starting price for respectable analogue. Pro-Ject’s twenty year mission to make record players affordable shows no sign of abating and the Primary E is certainly worthy of recommendation."

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"Everything about this deck is designed to maximise the sound quality from your LPs and it does this with a great deal of success. For those looking for a first turntable or if you’re coming back to vinyl and cash is short, then the Primary is a cracking entry point into the glorious and terribly cuddly world of vinyl."

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Here are some pics I took of the Primary E at home. Nice to look at, right?

I'd recommend this model to anyone who's on a budget but wants to stay away from plastic-fantastic turntables. The build and sound quality for this price are incredible.

It's plug-and-play, so just connect it to your existing audio equipment and go. No fiddly setup necessary.

Precise production tolerances in elements like the bearing and motor make the platter spin evenly and at the correct speed.

A solid base made out of a wood composite, in combination with shock-absorbing feet, ensure unwanted vibrations don't make their way into the music signal.

The result: accurate conversion of the physical record groove into electrical energy.

A light aluminium tonearm and Ortofon diamond-tipped cartridge and stylus — made in Denmark — sensitively pick up the record's microscopic grooves.

What's also notable (at this price point) is the avoidance of hollow plastic in the base and platter. Solid construction insulates the delicate work of the arm and stylus from the outside world.

Think of the Primary E as the lowest priced 'proper' deck you can buy. It's hand-made in the Czech Republic (or is it Czechia?) by Pro-Ject, the world's biggest and most trusted hifi turntable brand.

More details about the product

Shifting speeds from 33 to 45 RPM is as easy as switching the drive belt on the Primary E’s pulley, which takes seconds.

The included dust cover protects against, well, you guessed it.

A proper hifi turntable like the Primary E doesn't just produce luscious sound, it protects your vinyl collection.

Nitty gritty (specs & dimensions)

  • Speeds: 33, 45 (manual belt change)
  • Belt drive system
  • Speed variance 33: 0.8% 45: 0.7%
  • Wow & Flutter 33: 0.29% 45: 0.27%
  • Platter: 300 mm with felt mat
  • Main bearing: stainless steel
  • Tonearm: 8.6” aluminium
  • Effective arm length: 218.5 mm
  • Overhang: 22.0 mm
  • Effective tonearm mass: 8.0 g
  • Counterweight for mass: 3 - 5.5g (supplied)
  • Tracking force range: 0 - 25mN (18mN pre-adjusted)
  • Power consumption: 4.5 Watts max
  • Dimensions: 420 x 112 x 330mm (WxHxD)
  • Weight: 4.0 kg net

Curious about what else is out there? There are some more models to check out if you’ve got some extra cash to splash, like the Debut Carbon Evo pictured below.

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The Primary E is designed to plug into an existing sound system or powered/Bluetooth speakers. If you're starting from scratch though, I've got just what you need: a complete, matching system with a turntable + amp and speakers. All for silly money!

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"Instant Classic are a rare example of beautiful, well-curated products, stellar service, and lots of heart."

That's from Rupert, one of our customers in Sydney. It might sound cliched, but we’ll do whatever it takes to make you happy.

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I reckon we've got Australia's best returns policy!

If you don't love your product, we'll take it back within the first 50 days - even if it’s been set up and used.

You'll get a full refund (or we’ll exchange it for something else, if that’s your preference) and there won’t be any postage to pay.

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What if you could buy audio gear while being nice to the planet?

In an industry-first, the carbon and plastic footprints of the products you order are automatically offset by Instant Classic. We call it Vinyl Neutral, and it doesn’t cost extra.

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All orders over $100 ship free, registered and insured across Australia. Most arrive within 2 working days, even during the ol' COVID-19.

Or you can click & collect from one of our partner record stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast or Perth.

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One of the reasons we started Instant Classic is to do away with bad customer service. We're not some big-ass business who doesn't care.

As an authorised Australian retailer, we'll give you a 2 year warranty. But you also get lifetime love.

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Contact our Melbourne team about anything, 7 days a week. No question is too silly!

WhatsApp +61 3 9426 3651 for a fast reply.

Call on (03) 9426 3651.

Or email support@instantclassic.com.au

What's a good record player all about? My test is whether it gives me goosebumps and has me tapping my toes. The challenge is finding one for a good price.

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We've got a range of records on hand, from ABBA to Anna Calvi, from BB King to Beastie Boys, from Clairo to Cream. Our Angus has done write-ups on them all.

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