Dating pathe records
If you cannot tackle this yourself, many specialist hi-fi shops can do it for you.
Other turntable types include the STD, which has a useful (though not always very accurate) digital read-out, but which can be a nightmare to repair, since spares are hard to find.
This is because so many 78s were not recorded at exactly 78rpm: speeds of between 72 and 85 rpm are quite common, with a few higher or lower.
Probably the cheapest option is a second-hand variable-speed Goldring-Lenco unit, one of the 'GL' series. They always benefit from some basic maintenance, which will include a new idler wheel.
Cartridge/Styli: With a suitable turntable, the next item to consider is the cartidge/stylus.
Ordinary hi-fi types are not really ideal for the harsh condition of 78 playback.
Quite a few early G & Ts and some Fonotipias do best with much smaller styli such as .0018" or .0021".
2 and EMT 950 are regularly available from firms dealing in ex-broadcast and studio equipment.