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Hi All (xpost from VinylEngine)
I've just picked up a beautiful example of a classic Australian turntable made by HIFI icon, Alex Encel. It has M.G. 17/4/1974 on a small white sticker on the bottom.
The Encel is in a heavy Veneer Plinth, with a JH Reproducers deck and a Grace G840F Tonearm, with a Grace F8L cart and stylus.
I've ordered a new belt for it from ebay, and given it a clean.
It sounds ok with me manually spinning the test record, so the cart works to some extent and needle has about a 1.2mm height, doesn't look super sharp, but sill has a point.
I'm going to setup the arm as per the manual, and align the cart with the stupid protractor. I've got the speed disc and a light bulb, but I don't think there's any way to adjust the speed other than machining a spindle.
So questions are:
-Does any one have any experience with a table like this? I haven't found a single pic on the net that looks exactly like it?
-Are there any ways to adjust the speed of a JH deck? I've read they run a little fast to compensate for the dustbug?
-How do I evaluate the cart and needle to see if they are still fully functional?
-How much should I pay for a replacement F8L or F8V needle?
Thanks in advance for anyone who has time for a look