Hi Ernst. Hope for your wife a 100% recovery. I too had blood poisoning and tetanus from a dog bite and it took a long time to recover. My own dog too, just a love bite that broke the skin.
Glad to hear all is good with the Zero. You stuck with it and it paid off.
Looks to be a sweet machine now.
Using the 95B idler wheel and that it is slightly bigger is a good fact to know. Sounds like a good possible replacement if one is needed.
Hard for me to see but it appears that you merely added a glass platter to the top of the Garrard platter- correct? Seems like a perfect fit but what are you using over the top of the glass? Anything? Felt?
Using both the glass platter and record weight seems like it would add to much weight and then the record speed would be out of whack? What about that?
Now about cartridges and styli. I have tried many different names in all my machines. Shure, Stanton, Grado, Benz. But the Empire name seems to work best with the Zero for an unknown reason, however, it all is in the relationship between the tonearm and weight of the cartridge. Good Empires require such a small amount of tracking force and that enters into it as well. What is a good Empire? .2 X .7 diamond size or smaller. Forget the rest.
Empire styli and cartridges I have tried in the Zero. All have the original styli to match the cartridge of course.
Empire 2000E/ll and 2000E/lll series.Freq resp.20Hrz-20KHz, 4.5 Mv output
Empire 888VE Freq. resp. 6Hz-32KHz 5 MV output,
Empire 888TE Freq. resp. 8HZ-32KHz 8 MV output
Empire 999VE Freq. resp. 6HZ-35KHz 5 MV output
Empire 1000ZE/X Freq. resp. 4HZ-40KHz 5 MV output
Empire 4000D/lll for quad play but works very well. .1 diamond size
The 4000D/lll is the best sounding but is expensive
The 1000ZE/X is the next best and requires less than 1 gram of stylus weight on the Zero.
The 2000E/lll is the least best sounding but is a perfectly fine unit.Good all around cartridge and stylus. It will track just about any LP even if they are wrapped. Low 1-1/4 gram tonearm weight. Long lasting needle.
You can really hear the difference in Freq resp between the units however. Play the same LP with the different units and that becomes clear.
Get yourself a digital stylus weight meter. You can get the weight down to a 1/10 of a gram. A must have.
It would be helpful to have the original Garrard stylus alignment tool that came with each machine or should have. See if you can find one.
I do not see why you be hesitant about using the Shure V15-V. I do not have one and have not tried it but as long as the stylus gram weight of the tonearm can match the Shure I cant see a problem. Perhaps you need to explain to me further.
Also, maybe the compliance is low on the Shure. I don't know. The compliance on most Empires is very high.
All depends on how much you value your Lp collection. Empires feather weight tracking force numbers rate high with me. The more force necessary, the more wear to the LP and diamond.
No thanks necessary, however, you could find and ship me free a Garrard Zero 100S. LOL. Seriously, they are hard to find here in the US and shipping would be a killer.
Get back to me with the answers to the above questions when you get time.
PS: Just played the Moody Blues- Days of Future Passed on the Zero with the Empire 1000ZE/X. The LP was pressed in Holland and is one of the best pressings of this LP. I used headphones and I am sure that there are sounds that most people have never heard on this LP.
PS2: You can pack away the pillows and blankets as it will not be necessary for me to fly to Europe. I was looking forward to the possibility however.
PS3: I have included a pic of the stylus alignment tool. What it does is align the diamond with the very center of the tonearm pivot point just above it and that is the idea of the Zero tracking although we all know that is impossible but the tool gets as close as Garrard claims it to be. Problem is: unless the owner has the early style cartridge carrier, the carrier will not fit into the tool. The newer style carriers need to have the 2 raised points on the top side of the carrier filed off in order for it to fit the tool but no big problem. One of these just sold on e-bay for big money- more than the whole machine is worth. Like $140.00 or more if I remember. I think a person could make one to work.http://img279.imagevenue.com/img.php?im ... _477lo.jpg