The Gavia-II is derived from the Stelvio-II and differs from it in the following ways:
- Platter: the Gavia platter (32 Lbs.) employs a layer of PVC and the Stelvio (44 Lbs.) uses brass.
- Base: The Gavia base is solid aluminum and the Stelvio has a complex matrix of damping chambers.
- Arm mounting: arm wings and armboards are interchangeable with the Stelvio-II (as are all other parts), but the Gavia is sold with a single arm mount and the option to add a second one.
- Finish: the Gavia is polished aluminum and the Stelvio is custom painted.
- Setup assistance: The Gavia comes owner receives remote support, whereas the Stelvio owner receives a personal visit, setup and mentoring session from Galibier. The Gavia owner may purchase support separately.
The drive system and bearing are identical, and all parts are interchangeable and of identical quality. Like all Galibier products, the Gavia is manufactured in the USA where we maintain close control over all phases of production. Click tabs below for specification details.
The Drive System (click on photo for more details)
- High torque motor enables use of wider pulley.
- Wider pulley provides better belt traction.
- Single motor, because if you couldn’t get it right with one, what makes you think you can get it right with two?
The Galiber Bearing (click on photo for more details)
In our 15 years of development and refinement, we haven’t been able to improve on the basic design. It’s a simple, well executed design and manufactured to aerospace tolerances.
- Tolerances so fine, that individual matching must be performed.
- Large diameter (.800″) spindle for ultimate rigidity.
- Self-damped by inner damping chamber.
The Stelvio-II TPI © Platter (click on photo for more details)
- Composite construction, incorporating aluminum, lead, oil, brass, and carbon fiber.
- 44 pound weight with a 17 pound inner brass layer
- Internal damping chambers (lead and oil).
- 1/4″ thick, carbon fiber, TPI © top layer
Arm Mounting (click photo for more details)
The vibration story doesn’t end with the base. After 10 years of development and refinement, we have taken the pivoting armboard architecture to its logical end point.
With the debut of the Stelvio-II, you’ll find arm mounts on sliding tracks with micro, fine-adjust pivot to spindle capability.
- Pivot to spindle distance can be repeatably set to .001″ precision.
- Adjusts on sliding tracks, with fine, vernier control.
- All of the tonearm mounting flexibility of pivoting armboards, with the inherent stability of a fixed mount.
- Option of using one or two tonearms.
Dual Tonearm Capability:
- Modular approach – capable of mounting two, 12 inch (310mm) tonearms.
- Modular design – either arm wing can be removed, for a single tonearm configuration.
Free-standing Front Pillar:
- Discourages moving your hand under the headshell – reducing the risk of cantilever damage.
- Provides an anchor point for those who prefer to manually cue their records.
- Movable, so you can position it properly for any length tonearm.
The Gavia base is machined from a solid billet of aircraft aluminum, and combined with the arm wings, it weighs 65 Lbs.