EMT 927A st # 14106 from 1968

the best, rarest, most wanted and - sought after professional stereo studio turntable ever made

For sale an absolute rarity, a complete original legendary EMT 927A st # 14106 from March 1968 with matching early EMT 155st # 13429 from October 1967, Ortofon RMA-297 tonearm and working optical groove indicator, sold by EMT as set directly to the previous owner ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) where it was in service at a TV studio, hardly used so with very low operational hours and well cared.

Background and history


The 16 inch turntable was a requirement for the broadcasting stations of the 1930s through to the 1950s for playing 16 inch transcription discs, mainly of "soap operas" that were the mainstay of the world-leading American and Australian commercial services. American transcription music companies also made 16 inch discs available both in lateral and vertical formats. American stations used Gates, Grey, Presto, Rek-o-Kut and RCA 16 inch turntables and a number of models were also developed and manufactured by Australian companies. 16 inch turntables were never developed for domestic use and aside from meeting technical playback characteristics suitable for broadcast quality transmissions, the other of their main features was ruggedness, strong enough to meet day-to-day heavy handling of those radio staff using them.


EMT saw gaps in the European broadcasting markets to develop a range of turntables that were sold mostly in Europe and a very small amount overseas. The EMT R 35, EMT R 80, EMT R 80 S and EMT 927 were developed to meet the requirements of broadcasting services needing to play 16 inch records and at the same time, a high standard was specified in their construction.



Introduced in 1952, the EMT 927 was the first professional studio turntable manufactured by EMT in large numbers after the EMT R35, EMT R 80 and EMT R 80 S. The EMT 927 is a massive turntable with an aluminium chassis, measuring 67,5 x 52 x 21,5 cm with a weight of more then 40 kilograms. The platter, which itself is extremely heavy,  has a diameter of 44 cm and turns in an amazing precision ball bearing, the bearing shaft is 16,6 cm long and has a diameter of 2 cm. The three fase motor is also very massive, it looks like an industrial motor, 13,5 cm in diameter and 20 cm long. A precision manufactured three step pulley (78, 45 & 331/3 rpm) is mounted on the motor axis and a precision idler transfers the power from the motor to the inside rim of the platter.The EMT 927 in all its versions is one of the most sought-after turntables in the world, it’s often called the “Rolls Royce” of all turntables.


EMT 927A st # 14106


Ater more then 50 years this gorgeous EMT 927A st # 14106 set is still in original state, just as it left the EMT factory in 1968, no restorations or modifications are made, no repaint and recently this EMT 927A st set was completely serviced/refurbished in my workshop after which it was adjusted and tested in accordance with the original EMT regulations and instructions.


During refurbish also a lot of (age related) parts were exchanged/renewed, for instance:


- new vulcolan intermediate (idler) wheel,

- new felt auxiliary platter,

- new rubber belt main platter

- new rubber motor suspension set,

- new rubber suspension brake unit,

- new rubber suspension idler unit,

- new ball main bearing,

- new gasket main bearing,

- new felt ring for speed control system,

- new pilot lamp brake system,

- new lamp for pick-up illumination,

- new lamp optical groove indicator,

- new neon lamp for strobe illumination.


The EMT 155st # 13429 stereo MC phono equalizer amplifier is partly recapped which means all electrolytic capacitors are exchanged/renewed after which the amplifier was adjusted and tested in accordance with the original EMT regulations and instructions.


Please have a good look at the pictures, this is your opportunity to obtain, own and use one of the most wanted and - sought after professional stereo studio turntable sets ever designed and manufactured in the 20th century, plug and play ready.


The complete EMT 927A st set is for 220VAC - 50Hz mains voltage (can be converted to 110VAC - 50Hz), is in superb working condition, appearance is near mint and comes with:


- mains power cable, 2 mtr.,

- audio output cable, 2 mtr. with Neutrik XLR-3 - or Neutrik RCA/Cinch connectors,

- bottle (50ccm) of special EMT bearing oil,

- a copy of the original EMT 927 user/service manual,

- a wonderful black or red velvet dust cover with embroidered EMT logo,

- an USB stick with lots of information regarding the EMT 927/930 and scanned EMT Courier/Kurier 1 - 46.




EMT 927A st # 14106 with EMT 155st # 13429, Ortofon RMA-297 tonearm and working optical groove indicator: Sold, found a new home in Antwerp - Belgium.


Optional (with additional price):


New manufactured EMT 139st b replica stereo MC phono tube equalizer amplifier in stead of the EMT 155st # 13429: € 3.245,--


New EMT TSD 15 SFL recently made by EMT Tontechnik in sealed/unopened box: € 1.335,--


New auxiliary glass platter made by Studiotechnik Dusch in Germany: € 609,--


New shock-absorbing frame made by Studiotechnik Dusch in Germany: € 1.748,--


New DU-937 multi converter made by Studiotechnik Dusch in Germany: € 1.985,---


Please note:


Selling price is excluding Dutch VAT (21%) and packing/shipping costs, delivery worldwide by UPS in a tailor-made wooden box.


Price for packing incl. tailor-made wooden box (see last three pictures from earlier shipments): € 350,--.


Price for shipping by UPS road/aircargo door to door service and total weight of 65KG: € 250,-- to € 1.200,-- depending of final destination and insurance.


All prices are excl. Dutch VAT (21%).


VAT free shopping for buyers outside the EU (European Union) and EU buyers with a valid VAT ID nr., EU buyers without a valid VAT ID nr. will be charged for Dutch VAT (21%).


Any fees (local taxes, import duties, etc.) not charged by the seller but related to the sale are the buyer's responsibility.


Payment in advance by bank transfer.