stumpy57 wrote:What do you think about mounting an old NOS Empire 600lac cart on a Kenwood 8030 tonearm ?
What about the matching ? => the tonearm of the Kenny has an eff. mass of 17g (kenwood specs) but I have seen 20 to 21g on some forums.
Is the empire a good cart ?
With what model of cart can we compare this "old lady" ?
The 600LAC is an arm friendly cartridge. I've used it with very satisfying results on high effective mass arms (AT 1005 MkII, vintage Jelco SA250, Thorens TP13A), a low effective mass arm (Unitrac unipivot), and a generic-70s medium mass Sony. Depending on the headshell you are currently using you could also experiment with decreasing the effective mass of your arm by using a lighter headshell of high quality such as the ADC magnesium one or the AT MG or AT LT.
Yes it's a very good cartridge. It's been compared favorably to some current high cost lomc and MM cartridges (check the MM thread at audiogon, but it's a long thread). I usually track it at 1.5g. Hope this helps.