Hi - this is an old thread, but perhaps some of you Empire experts can help me out.
Hi Empire experts. I have recently received an Empire 4000 that does not have any "d" or "x" suffix in its name. It just says "Empire 4000" on the cartridge body. (The body is a slightly dull gold color).
My guess is that it is either:
(a) A really early Empire 4000 from before they decided to produce three variants of the 4000 (e.g., the d/i, d/ii, and d/iii)
(b) A later (and perhaps cheaper) version of the 4000 that was produced more cheaply to sell to a bulk market or a reseller.
By the way, the stylus is seemingly aftermarket (no 'Empire' logo on the stylus guard), but seems to be a really nice tapered alloy cantilever nonetheless.
The cartridge does sound quite nice. I am just wondering if anyone has seen 4000's of this sort before.
Thanks all !