I might add that I'm looking for budget-minded solutions. For instance, what would it take to mount an RB-250?
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The hole for the Empire arm is typically too close to the spindle for most modern arms. You can go on vinylengine.com to look up the specs. they also have a tonearm search function where you can put in a specification and search for arms that fit. Get the mount distance for the Empire then search with that distance to see what will fit. I think the difference is in the 1/2"range.
Jazzerdave, I've done a lot of work with that 'table.
The cartridge clip is NLA and the hardest part to find. Although the 'table is a good design, its arm is lacking compared to modern designs, and you would do well to do something to damp the platter and plinth, both of which ring like a bell.
I did set my first 208 up with an SME5 which worked fine. The Rega arm is popular if you are on a budget; IMO/IME if you are on a budget see if you can find an old Grace 707 in good condition. You may have to get a bit of aluminum and build a cover for the original holes so you can install the new arm where you want without worries.