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Empire 698: Is it repairable

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by dorr, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Felipe Facó

    Felipe Facó New Member

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    Hello, Setevik1983!

    I have a similar problem with my Empire 698. The plastic cylinder cracked, and the shell got loose. I'm needing exactly some of those pieces that you printed in 3D. Could you share the STL files? I think that would solve my problem.
     
  2. Jeffery

    Jeffery High Powered Mutant Subscriber

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    I did mine, too. I have to use a light cartridge/headshell combo to keep the stock counter weight, and the lock nut is right up against the tonearm support when at rest, but it worked out great. I'm using an AT-120e w/150mlx stylus on it now, I think this was an AT 95 of some sort.

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  3. jchrist

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    Nice! You're the only other person I have ever seen do this mod. I was able to convert my old empire 698 headshell to fit.
     
  4. Jeffery

    Jeffery High Powered Mutant Subscriber

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    Yeah, in theory the SME-style bayonet socket would allow me to use different headshell/cartridge combos, but that Sansui is the only one I have light enough to really use and lighter headshells are expensive. But I really like the cart/stylus combo on it now, so no need to do a lot of swapping - I wish it didn't say Sansui.

    By far the hardest part was getting new tonearm wires through the tube/pivot, but it's done now and should be good to go from now on out.
     
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  5. setevik1983

    setevik1983 New Member

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    At the moment, I'm waiting for the finish of the 3D printing corrected parts. Test print revealed several errors.
     
  6. setevik1983

    setevik1983 New Member

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    For convenience and functionality is best to use the SME connector. But for audio collectors important original parts.
     
  7. Jeffery

    Jeffery High Powered Mutant Subscriber

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    Yeah, I was really torn over cutting the end off the tonearm of a very nice 698, but I tried for a several months to find a functional 698 tonearm before tossing in the towel. But this way I got to retain the stock arm rest as well as the cue feature that still works very well.

    No turning back now!

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  8. Felipe Facó

    Felipe Facó New Member

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    Great! When it's ready, it will be a gift. A solution to a recurring problem with this turntable. I'll be waiting and following your advance.
     
  9. setevik1983

    setevik1983 New Member

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    I completed 3D printing and install on the tonearm.

    Finaling version, i dont want to spend my time amy more. :)
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  10. Felipe Facó

    Felipe Facó New Member

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    Congratulations! It looks perfect! Could you share the STL files? I need especially the files related to the first picture (the arm connector).
     
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  11. dobyman

    dobyman Turntable Addict

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    FANTASTIC!!!
     
  12. crazycrawler

    crazycrawler New Member

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  13. crazycrawler

    crazycrawler New Member

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    Hello, anyone have "stl" files to 3d print headshell and tonearm mount components for a Empire 698 turntable? Thanks, Ed
     
  14. jchrist

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    I'm curious how his headshell mount design works. Its different than the original Empire. I'm also not sure how you would insert the copper cartridge contacts.
     
  15. Tontaube80

    Tontaube80 New Member

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    Hi setevik1983,

    your printed parts look marvelous! I'm wondering if you could share the STL file of pic2 or maybe sell me a printed part. I have the same problem with an Empire 698 - the connecting mount between arm and Headshell broke where the little splint is sitting. Sorry for my bad English. Do you think there is a possibility to get in touch? A friendly sound specialist suggested to make a new drill hole on the upper part of the arm and fix the broken part with it. I would prefer to leave it original, but... Thanks for any help!
     
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  16. Tontaube80

    Tontaube80 New Member

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    Only for those who might have the same problem with the broken mount. In my case, the mount broke exactly where the little splint is sitting on the lower side of the tone arm - so I had a bit of plastic left. A friend drilled a new hole from the arms upper side (1mm from the fag-end) into the broken plastic mount and inserted the splint from the top. The screw doesn't care where the splint is located and it worked out really good. For the drilling you'll need a calm hand, I guess, but give it a try. You don't see anything of the work, as the clamp covers the changes. I don't know, if it will last for long, so I'm really curious, if it's possible to print this part via 3D printing. Any news from setevik1983?
     

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