Empire Troubadour 698 Turntable For Sale
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Empire Troubadour 698 Turntable :
Empire Troubadour 698 Turntable
Features (from Audiokarma.org)
The motor in the 698 was (as on all previous Empire's) an AC synchronous, self-cooling, high torque Papst, sourced from Germany and built to the same standard as on the 208, 498 and 598.
The dust cover switched from clear flimsy Plexiglas plastic to true, tinted tempered glass with a silk-screened gold Empire logo on the top lower left corner of the glass. A nice touch. The hinge board did not have an Empire logo plate.
The arm on the 698 was a totally new, true low mass design, and was able to handle the highest compliance cartridges you could throw at it. It continued Empire’s preference for a dynamically balanced tonearm, and featured micro sapphire ball bearings in the vertical and horizontal planes in a true gimbaled design. The anti-skate again used the increasing bias principle first used in the 990 arm; it's opposite field "push" increased as the arm neared the center of the record. It also came with two connecting cables, one a low-capacitance cable for CD-4 cartridges.
The 698 also featured a unique electronic/optical cue and end-of-record lift system that didn’t rely on motors or mechanical linkages that would have compromised the performance of the tonearm. The cue system used your finger to bridge two small gold colored contacts within a round clear plastic button that was backlit by red LED’s, which, when touched, completed a DC circuit that caused a small damped solenoid coil to gently lift or drop the tonearm depending on which “button” you put your finger on.
95/100 overall rating (cleanest one we have ever seen)
Checked out by our service department, we have been servicing turntables for 35 years.
Replaced electronic solenoid from another Empire 698.
Tested and all functions/lights work
Audio Technica AT14Sa cartridge included stylus in good shape
Gold annodizing is 95% perfect
On turntable platter, where the belt meets the platter, due to chemical reaction of belt on platter, there are stains on the rim. This cannot be seen when table is fully assembled.
You may notice a piece of cardboard to the side of the motor in one photo, this is shipping material, and can easily be removed
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On Payment: We Accept Paypal from US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Japan. If paying by paypal we require tracking and signature for proof of delivery. For U.S Buyers, E-Check is preferred. Please write us if you have any questions on this.
We will ship to almost anywhere in the world, but from some countries we can only accept Secure Bank Wire Transfer as a payment method.
International shippingcan beexpensive and we will require insurance for the full amount of these items. Do not offer unless you arewilling to pay the full amount to haveitems packaged properly and shippedin a way that we are confident they will not bedamaged. We do not take any short-cuts in packaging just to save on shipping costs. They will be packaged very well and professionally.
The shipping calculator on this sale is for estimate only, we encourage you to wait for an invoice before submitting payment
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