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It boils down to your local DIY electronics part shop - or internet. Chinese produce one hell of a lot of types of speaker terminals, by some clever kludging it usually is possible to somehow mate gerbil with a kangaroo ... http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xspeaker+terminals.TRS0&_nkw=speaker+terminals&_sacat=0
Quite frankly, this is the most PITA alike thing in vintage gear. The terminals on my beloved Technics gear is - ahem - subpar (if we are polite about it ). Rhey can be replaced - but you will look far and wide before you will find "something/anything" that can phisicaly fitthe space/volume available - and it will result in VERY tight placement and not exactly user friendly changing the speaker/headphone cables. The biggest problem is in making the isolation "washer/plate"...
In due time. In half an hour I will be in the concert hall, recording "a" choir. And the recording IS available - in "glorious YT sound" ( derived from MP3 192 kbps made for airing on the national radio ) :  When I have time sometime next week , I will upload exactly this piece in BOTH original simultaneuosly recorded masters - DSD128 and 192/24 .
The best table - EVER ? Most probably this one : http://www.bonavolta.ch/hobby/fr/audio/td_hg.htm Nowadays, with the legislation in power, an utter impossibility. Even if one accepted the risk of having so much mercury in the home. But if you ever tried mercury in TT, you would know anything else is but a VERY pale substitute. NOT recommended to go auditioning it - without the possibility to carry it back home with you...
Oh - I did hear modern TTs in my home. I had a VERY interesting and superbly executed design - a prototype - some 10 years ago. It smoked anything you can possibly think of . Built by a friend, to tolerances completely unheard of in even top $ commercially available products - regardless of price. But it was a labor of love and not a commercially viable product - which is a pity. And I go hopping mad whenever I am remembered of it - because the design/idea got "borrowed"...
True - you are in present $$$$$ gear, I am trying - and succeeding - to at least partially match this top level performance by using modified vintage pinnacle products. And sometimes new crop is no match for the vintage - regardless of cost.
Well, vacuum REALLY has to be implemented well, record side that comes in the contact with the platter/mat HAS to be clean, etc - but it can be made consistently reliable given proper care. And no, it does not have to cost anything even approaching AF1 ( 80 K$, no arm and cartridge included ) either... - but all that said, it is most definitely not for "shoddy" people. 
It is true that threaded spindle and clamp are better . Yet there are friction based clamps that work nearly as well with enough spindle to grab on. Both hide in the mice hole compared to vacuum hold down systems.
On everything. The idea is to bring the WHOLE playing surface of the record in intimate contact with the platter/mat . Just how much "force" is required to do that is a function of the thickness/rigidity of the disc itself - hence different requirements for "washer" that will do the job correctly. VPI has this "integrated" to the point it can create a mild vacuum between the mat and disc, yielding an even better result. That is beyond the abilities of aftermarket clamps -...
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