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I'm selling one right now that's three speeds, model 208.  The top step 
looks more like a screw than a pulley, but it works.  It's a well built 
table, but the tonearm kind of sucks, in my opinion.

Robert Hodge wrote:
> Are you sure it has 78 as an option?  All Empires I have ever
> encountered were 2 speed, probably as they were marketed primarily
> during the LP era.
>  Not that I've seen everything....
>
> Just a thought.  
>
> BH
>
>   
>>>> [log in to unmask] 2/1/2007 2:53 PM >>>
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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
>