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John Ross wrote:
> Does anybody have any useful advice or opinions about Empire turntables? 
> In particular, whether they're a good choice for playing 78s?
> 
> I have an opportunity to buy one (sorry, don't know which model number) 
> for $100. It seems to be in decent condition (probably needs a new belt, 
> just on general principle). I would use it with a Shure M78 cartridge.
> 
> My biggest concern is that it does not offer variable speed, so I won't 
> be able to adjust it for different types, ages and brands of discs. I 
> suppose I could adjust the speed in software, but that's not always an 
> option for casual listening.
> 
> Any thoughts?

If your interests are limited to electrical recordings, you'll not often 
miss adjustable speed. If they extend into the acoustic era, variable 
speed is essential for listening, desirable before computer processing. 
When I was listening to 78s (since sacrificed to my poor health), a 
Bogen B51 table provided wide and continuous speed selection; its 
failings would have been serious with LPs but were acceptable for casual 
purposes on shellac discs.

Mike
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