Vintage DD turntables. Are we living dangerously?

I have just acquired a 32 year old JVC/Victor TT-101 DD turntable after having its lesser brother, the TT-81 for the last year.
This is one of the great DD designs made at a time when the giant Japanese electronics companies like Technics, Denon, JVC/Victor and Pioneer could pour millions of dollars into 'flagship' models to 'enhance' their lower range models which often sold in the millions.
Because of their complexity however.......if they are 'unobtanium'....and they often cannot be repaired.
Having mentioned seeing some pictures of a boxed TT-101 some time
ago and confirming the leather type mat being a originally supplied item,
member JP has publicly posted pictures of his find.

Thanks for that totem....
Does that mean JP owns that TT-101?
Do you think that the markings on the top of the base plinth are some protective coating or just tarnishing?

Hi Halcro, 

The top on this one isn't painted like most - it's brushed and anodized.  The discoloration you see is what the raw casting looks like.
JP and I had a conversation regarding his TT-101 outer rim not being painted but brushed, where as mine and others we have seen are the painted version.

His serial # is shown in the pic's so I'm curious if anyone has a later serial # than that shown and is painted. Unfortunately the location 
is awkward to see if mounted in a plinth.

Hi JP,

It's so valuable seeing a complete NOS boxed TT-101....
Just like a vintage car 'barnyard' find.....
The finish I'm referring to is INSIDE the casing with the turntable removed where you can see on mine there is no tarnishing on the aluminium?
It would be great to hear the full story of how you came upon this 'virgin' example...👀❓
I hope I don't get reprimanded like Lew did for using that word....😎