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Hi Reuben,Congrats on your L75 acquisition. If your L75 in stock plinth? If yes, think about an upgrade. The dust cover is the easy part. You have 2 options, 1) do a wood panelled one with acrylic top and frontage or an all-acrylic one. If you are planning to attach hinges, option 1) works better.
+1, this is the best method, without doubt. I have great experiences in buying stuff from abroad, especially from hi-fi dealerships. They are very professional, honest, have only good stuff and many of them are very knowledgeable. Shipping and customs need to be factored and that almost doubles the price you pay but believe me, its worth it. I have purchased by directly visiting the premises and also through shipping. Both experiences were great. Just last weekend, I acquired by second Technics SP10 MKII but visiting a hi-fi store.It is very easy to find a top condition Lenco L75 in Europe for around 100-120 euros, sometimes as low as 70 euros. Just browse through any decent local online marketplace for used goods (eBay could be a tad bit pricier). There are plenty available in countries such as Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Holland. And some of them are even ready to ship to India. That would be another 100-120 euros. Still far cheaper than what some of these Bombay dealers want. And if you are visiting one of these places it would not be very hard to carry one as hand baggage sans that stock plinth.
I have imported mostly from Ebay without any problems from US, UK, Germany and Netherlands. I had customs problems in importing some DSLR lenses from Japan. Rest was all OK. The postman would come to your place and collect customs duty. I have always paid reasonable duty and some times no duty was charged. Other members would also chip in.Pardon me for off topic. I was under the impression that used electronics can not be imported. What is safe procedure to import ? Not sure, but I may buy used Technics or some other turntable.
Yes, used or vintage electronics cannot be imported unless hand-carried or shipped as personal effects of someone who has stayed abroad for more than a year and is relocating. If shipped otherwise, used electronics attracts upto 33% customs duty (value of goods include shipping cost) and in some cases, an additional fine of Rs.1000/- as well. Used electronics which is hand-carried by travellers on a visit or business visa is usually also picked up by customs at the airport, if the passenger is "unlucky".Pardon me for off topic. I was under the impression that used electronics can not be imported. What is safe procedure to import ? Not sure, but I may buy used Technics or some other turntable.
I used DHL for my shipments. They are the best and the fastest. I get stuff delivered from Germany within a week, even after customs clearance. I have already submitted the mandatory KYC documents to DHL and that helped. Customs clearance happens in a day. I also tried FedEx as well. They are not as efficient as DHL but are less expensive. The shipment reached me in just over a week. Again I sent them the KYC documents in advance and also ensured that the Kerala Value Added Tax Form (Form-16) was provided in advance. DHL and FexEx use their very own delivery in India. When I used services of Royal Mail, UPS, etc, their India delivery partner was India Post and goods took almost upto a month to arrive. In all cases, customs duty is collected by cash, from doorstep at the time of delivery. India Posts will not deliver the parcel at doorstep if its something the postman cannot carry.I have imported mostly from Ebay without any problems from US, UK, Germany and Netherlands. I had customs problems in importing some DSLR lenses from Japan. Rest was all OK. The postman would come to your place and collect customs duty. I have always paid reasonable duty and some times no duty was charged. Other members would also chip in.