Doug G. wrote:Lookin' beautiful Eddie!
Thank you for your comment Doug !
Daryl L wrote:Concerning the first generation of BIC record changers. VM Corporation, Voice of Music, designed these models to replace their first generation of professional record changers, which I believe, were expensive to manufacture. However, due to VM Corporation weak financial position, they never marketed these models under the Voice of Music trademark
BIC/Avnet was the distributor for Garrard record changers, until being terminated in 1973, by Plessey, the parent company of Garrard. In 1973, Pleasey became the distributor of Garrard record changers and turntables. Needing a turntable to sell, BIC/Avnet purchased the design from VM Corporation. VM hoped that BIC would use their factory to manufacture the BIC Turntables. BIC, however, used their own facilities to manufacture their record changers.
VM went bankrupt in July 1977.
BIC Turntables received top ratings from Consumers Report. However, Consumers Report quit recommending BIC Turntables due to “high out of the box” defects.
Doug G. wrote:Hi Eddie,
Yes, definitely worth getting a NOS stylus if you can find one. It will add detail an aftermarket stylus usually can't deliver since the stylus mass is usually greater than the originals.
Empire was always very conscious about minimum stylus mass in their better cartridges.