I'm in the market for an affordable archival turntable, the ET turntable I currently have has a bad bearing and is probably 60 years old. From threads I've read on this listserv, I've been thinking (and looking) at the Rondine 3 turntable. I have some questions and PLEASE guys, don't go all nerdish on me, I won't understand! I just need to know:
* Are all Rondine 3s the same with 10" tone arms; large enough for 16" ETs (is the platter that large?).
* Is a "Rek-O-Cut" Rondine 3 any different? Or is it the same product?
* Am I correct that they adjust to any speed?
* Am I correct that they have interchangeable needle cartridges?
* What is the optimal needle cartridge for WWII era ET recordings? I'm not sure what's in the machine we're using, but it's been doing an excellent job.
* Any vendor recommendations?
I probably won't be digitizing music 78s for a long time; most everything is already available anyway, I'm working mostly on radio, spoken word ET s. Any pertinent observations or recommendations?
Klara Foeller, Curator,
Moving Image & Sound Collections
Missouri History Museum
Library and Research Center
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