I have been given a Rega Planar 78 turntable and a collection of 10" and 12" records. The platter is a huge and heavy lump of glass with a felt mat. The motor and drive band struggle to get it up to speed and the 78s only last a few minutes, so stopping and starting is quite a strain on me too. 78s are rigid and heavy and are platters to begin with so hardly need any help.
I cut an 8" circle out of a wall papered chipboard box, painted it black and tried it out.
The video is not stereo. The two channels are each a mono recording. One is with the glass platter, the other the chipboard. Which is which? Can you tell me? I was amazed at how easy it was to sync the two recordings. By the end there was only a two frame error. The record is 10" diameter.
A Cambridge Audio pre amp was used and the line out fed straight into the Canon HF camera.
The chipboard platter makes the turntable much easier to use. When up to speed the glass platter has almost 13 times the stored energy of the chipboard one.
A 1907 Caruso recording is at vimeo.com/40826231