I picked up this Technics SL-235 belt drive unit at one of the local Goodwills, $15.99+tax. According to the strobe on the deck, as well as an Esoteric Sound strobe disc I've had for years, it holds true speed pretty well. From what I've gathered on the Technics site this turntable was in production 1978-1980. Any way to tell for sure just what year this one was from? If there is a date code I should look for, I'd appreciate some tips from more knowledgable minds than mine. It will need a new belt, the one on it was slipping until the platter gained momentum. Any thoughts on this deck as far as where it stands in the Technics line for those years? It seems pretty hefty, especially compared to the new units out today. Even the dust cover is pretty nice on this one. The Empire cart had no needle. I don't know anything about their quality, so if it's not wise to seek out a stylus for it I'd welcome cartridge suggestions. The tracking force & anti-skating was set for 2.5 grams, if that helps any. And of course I'll need to get a spindle for it. Looking forward to getting this one running.