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Nope - FAR too expensive to put right to qualify for peanut$. It can be done, though. At a price.
Yes - and no. Because one can not PRECISELY predict just how much vintage second hand gear will cost. IF you have time - and are not pressed into buying "something/anything" ASAP, IF you have done your homework on potentially great but for one reason or another "overlooked" gear, IF you do not have two left hands and can do basic repair and some modding - then, with quite a bit of luck, you can come up with with next-to-miracles. It really IS crazy little money - sometimes...
Ahem... - I used to work at our only microelectronics plant, some 30 years ago; and unfortunately DO know relative price$ and equipment limitation$. It is a part of being analogsurviver - I was considering - more than 10 years ago - something like AnalogDieHard; but I see nothing particularly attractive in dying... Being realistic is a part of the analog diet - you can easily go past 1M mark ( there is a TT at cool 500.000 EUR; you need cart say 35 K , you "need" some...
No way you would want to do Scanning Electron Microscope filming of actual spinning record. 1. You would have to have SEM chamber the size of the turntable. Even if we reduce to the bare minimum size ( say Sony Flamingo or Technics SL jacket size TTs ),     this calls for a GIANT SEM chamber - which would be accompanied by a galling bill2. You would have to have data acquisition system in real time - not "frame by frame, so and so micrometers at a time" as in this vid....
Agreed.
True. That "standard" is only something that can give us a vague "reference", if you will - and it would still allow for all the real world differences listed to come across clearly. Piano is and will remain to be the instrument that can be and does get recorded in most different ways. 
Correct. 
Orthodynamic diaphragm of the HE-1000 is thinner than even the thinnest diaphragm of Stax. Of course, traces of conductor are metal and therefore heavier than homogeneous plastic film of electrostatics. But both should be very well damped by the mass of the air trapped between the diaphragm and electrodes/magnets - that air mass is WAY higher than the diaphragms in micrometer thickness range.  I would love to see the pulse and square wave response measurements of the...
No - it is as "standard" placement as it gets - with most types of microphones. But it is almost incredible how much say an inch or so different position of the mics can change the sound being captured...
Can't say anything about your friend - but Trifonov does give an impression along the described lines.
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