Yo speedy spinners:
I have prepared the CD's. they will go out Monday morning. As for costs, don't worry about it. The postage won't break me, and I will solicit your comments on the discs in exchange.
@ coffee phil and 78 arch:
Taking a capacitance measurement is easy. Just hook the meter to the shield and the center conductor and leave the center conductor and the shield unconnected to each other. The device I use is called an LCR meter which cost me about $60.00. Mine is a Tenma Model 72-875. It or similar items are available from MCM Electronics. http://www.mcmelectronics.com
I have had mine for 10 or 12 years. It measures inductance, (L) capacitance, (C) and resistance (R). Not expensive and quite reliable and way cheaper than single function meters, and plenty accurate for my purposes.
My experience is that most good quality shielded cable is about 22 pF per foot. In general, the closer the shield and the center conductor are, the higher the capacitance. A meter or so of this won't affect the low impedance cathode follower out of the MAC C8. The C8 has a rated output of 2.5 volts from the specs that I have seen. This should be plenty to get an amp to really kick. Most amps are rated to give full power at about 1 volt, but I did run across one amp many years ago, an Altec 333A, that needed considerably more to get it to kick. I would up using it as a center fill, driven off speaker taps. With that, it was able to make the center speaker really jump. The thing that will happen if there is too much capacitance is that the high frequency response will suffer the greater the capacitance.
But like I said, not to worry. Unless you are using really crappy cable you won't know the difference, and the result should be really good.
The equalization characteristics for each curve, RIAA, NAB, CCIR, AES, COL, etc. are available on line. The listings typically give the turnover frequency and the rolloff characteristics. This will allow the use of your MAC equalization curves as listed on front of amp, rather than the cumbersome list that you have. The characteristic description of the curve will usually be like this: Turnover freqency 350 Hz, Rolloff ____ dB at ______ kHz. Turnover is the low frequency characteristic, Rolloff is the high frequency characteristic. You should be able to match this to the listings on your switches. Also, the designated curves for each record label and time period can be found online. Like: Decca FFRR 1943 to 1953, CCIR. RCA 1950: RIAA (New Orthophonic).
And good luck from that really curvy, high capacitance, rolled off old guy,