I have an SME Model 20, and its outboard power supply allows for 33, 45, and 78 rpm speeds.
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Thx Plato. That is what I thought. Given that, a SME or other highend 'table would require 2 arms to run 78s. One arm/cartridge targeted for 78s and the other for 33s and 45s.
I have a bunch of what I am sure are top performances on 78s that I wish I could hear. For instance, several performances of Bach's Solo Violin Sonatas/Partitas and Solo Cello pieces. Lacking the 2nd arm modification, I'd need a 2nd 'table. Difficult to find room for a 2nd 'table required to play them.
Yes, 78s require a hemispherical stylus to ride the grooves properly. I hear that with the SME arms (especially the 309?) it's fairly easy to have additional cartridges pre-mounted to arm tubes/headshells for quick changes. I got a rackfull of pristine 78s from my father-in-law and I'd hate to just write them off. Keeping the TD126 in the system just for 78s wouldn't work though as I already have too many boxes in the system. BTW, anyone hear anything about the new TD350? It's a floating sub-chassis model similar to the TD126, but with mass drive and other current features/capabilities. It's available with the SME 309.