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 Post subject: Empire 598
PostPosted: 27 Jun 2015, 21:15 
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Hi Everyone, My latest project. A 1970's Empire turntable. I got it without and arm. I had a spare arm that I wanted to use. Not as simple as it sounded though. The OEM arm was 9 inches effective length and the one I had was 9.4 oops. Well it too a bit of metal work and some fabrication but all is well. The suspended chassis for the platter (all 7 pounds of it) and the arm was most of the difficulty. A slightly elongation of the hole on the top chassis was also needed. I had to remove the OEM arm rest as well. Now a level bubble in the hole (the photo shows it on top initially). These are great turntables....built like a battleship. Motor big enough to run a food blender. The case was worn, but not excessively so and I may just leave it alone. Plays great. I learned a lot about early USA made turntables with this one.

BTW the new arm isn't crooked, it is the camera angle only.

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 Post subject: Re: Empire 598
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Those are neat! :D

The right people will pay crazy $ for them as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Empire 598
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2015, 08:39 
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Looks sturdy.

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 Post subject: Re: Empire 598
PostPosted: 19 Jul 2015, 20:26 
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Hi Everyone, An updated photo. I managed to get the original arm rest back on. I had to slightly bend the rest part to accept the fatter arm. I was hesitant to do that as it is 40 year old brass....but it didn't snap so all is well. Now I'm waiting for the special bulb that goes inside it. Then I can use the built in movable mirror (inside the rest) to illuminate the stylus as you place it on the LP. Everything on the turntable is industrial strength and designed to last forever. Works and sounds great.

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 Post subject: Re: Empire 598
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Looking great! :D

You didn't go LED :confused:

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 Post subject: Re: Empire 598
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Hi, I thought about it, but since there is no DC in the turntable and the only voltage available is 120VAC it kind of limited what was sensible. I didn't want to put a new power supply inside because of concerns for noise and hum. It is really really quiet now. A test LP on a scope indicated that it was in the -70db range below 200HZ and better than -80 above that. Since the best of quiet LPs are usually in the minus 60-65db range I figured a new PS inside would be likely to make some sort of EMI/noise/hum. The bulb is an odd one ... a bi-pin 120 volt 3 watt one. Pretty easy to find fortunately. It worked for them...so I'll let it work for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Empire 598
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Makes sense.

BTW, what's the doodad on the left attached to the plinth?

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 Post subject: Re: Empire 598
PostPosted: 20 Jul 2015, 17:04 
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Hi, It is a brush. Several brands exist. I believe this one was from Esoteric Turntables (a Rekokut dealer). Cheap under $20US normally. Generally OK, but can be a bit of an issue to set right. It is supposed to also bleed off static via an attached ground wire (I'm rather dubious of that though). I had to add the gray riser to it as the Empire platter sits rather high off the plinth. If you don't live in a really dusty area like I do the value is probably small. A good dust brush would probably be sufficient.

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