Dave: I finally found the literature for the AR Turntable that i mentioned that i had. I normally keep all of this stuff in file cabinets, but it wasn't there. After looking all over for it, guess where it was? Believe it or not, it was inside the original AR box along with a brand new table that has never been used. I'm not joking.
I had shown this table to a local dealer ( Bes at Music Direct ) a while back. He told me that he had never seen a table this old in this good of shape, let alone with the factory box and packing. When i told him that this was the first time that it had ever come out of the box, which was done right there in front of him at Music Direct, he said "i believe it". The next words out of his mouth were that he wanted to know if i would sell it to him for his own personal use. Given that they have a pretty wide assortment of tables to choose from there ( VPI, Rega, etc..), that should tell you something about the desirability of a well cared for AR and the condition of this specific unit.
Needless to say, i don't think that you can find one in better shape at this point in time. It is still in the box with all of the original packing material. Hell, i've even still got a "virgin" warranty registration card. If i send it it, do you think that they'll honour it??? : ) Sean