Yaayy!! The Vintage Knob is alive and well! It appears that it was only down for some maintainence and updating. I'm thrilled, obviously, because this is the best resource for vintage hi-fi audio, and especially Japanese direct-drive turntables of the 1970s and 1980s. I was kicking myself for not salvaging the art assets earlier - I had wanted to add Wikipedia pages to help preserve all the information.
In any event, this is a great audio website and a terrific place to learn about turntables.