First, the not so good news. Our reference Micro Seiki RX-1500 will remain out of service for quite a while. The main bearing will need to be re-lubed, and this means sourcing a special lead-based lubricant. It might take time.
The good news is, hearing of our plight, a good friend allowed us to use his TechDAS Air Force III
to do our subjective evaluations. We couldn't possibly wish for a better turntable.