kunkled wrote:Hello - I just wanted to post an update on my Futura III TT upgrade. I found a Garrard Lab 80 which needed a complete overhaul. The lube was hard and the cam gear was frozen. The TT rebuild went fine and it is working great. I cut a new mounting board using the pattern from the base and all I have left to do is stain and finish the wood. It really sounds good in the Fisher and works perfectly. It came with a Empire 888 PE with a yellow stylus. Any recommendations on other carts to play with on this unit or stay with what I have? I have yet to find a "Yellow" replacement stylus for the 888.
I'm liking this very much. The Lab is a little newer than the Fisher, so looks like an upgrade someone might have made in 1964-67. And its arm is good enough that you can fit most any modern MM cartridge, although I'd avoid line contact styli if you're planning to use the stacking spindle (actually since you can't adjust VTA, maybe just stick to ellipticals anyway.) There are plenty of good choices from A-T, Grado, Ortofon, Stanton, Shure, and others. It's really a matter of personal taste. Plenty of opinions on the Cartridges and Preamps forum...