EMT 927/R 80 # 34 from 1952

one of the first EMT 927 turntables ever manufactured by EMT

November 2021 I had the lucky opportunity to buy one of the first EMT 927 turntables ever manufactured by EMT, the EMT 927/R 80 with serial no. 34 from 1952. As seen in one of the pictures the EMT type/serial tag mounted at the under frame indicates EMT 927 Nr. 34, on top it is engraved R 80 in accordance with the German IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik) Braunbuch which means this turntable was ordered and manufactured for the German Broadcasting. Initial this EMT 927 was bought by the German Broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk (Hessian Broadcasting) in Frankfurt and in service till the end of the seventies after which it retired in a private collection. After manufacturing in 1952 this EMT 927 was a mono turntable with an Ortofon RF-297 mono tonearm, somewhere in the seventies it was upgraded to a stereo turntable with an EMT 997 stereo (banana) tonearm. After 70 years it's still in very good working condition including a working optical groove indicator, cosmetically it needs some attention and there are some minor modifications especially the hour counter which is not EMT original. Coming time I will check the overall condition and investigate what to do to bring it back to the original version, a challenging project for coming year(s).