+ Low compliance MC
+ Step-up transformers.
I cannot believe the sound I'm getting out of this Empire 398 turntable.
With a low compliance Denon DL103R cartridge the heavy 980 arm with spring-loaded VTF ( Not unlike the EMT 997 ) sounds amazing with any record you throw at it.
I cleaned it, oiled it and changed the belt and grommets. The only modification I made was to add a Yamamoto Sound Craft AL2 Arm lift that fits perfectly under the arm next to the Dyna-Lift. And to add a very thin Origin Live matt. These have the reputation of having perfectly balanced platters. Adding damping material under would probably cause more damage than good.
|The brilliant Dyna-Lift.|
|The Empire 108 cart with a NOS needle.|
|Yamamoto Sound Craft arm lift.|
|New cartridge holder from Pat Leaver|
who also gave me a few restauration tips.
|Sanded and oiled American Walnut base.|