Drive Belt Resources
Update – Spring, 2015:
Galibier Mark II versions of turntables (as well as any drive systems we subsequently update) employ manufactured, seamless (no splice) belts.
Initially, these belts were woven fabric, although we have recently begun to employ Kapton which is similar to Mylar in performance, but is more durable (while having no splice). Kapton is specified for airplane flight recorders (the “black boxes”).
Scroll down for resources on building your own belts from Mylar, recording tape, etc.
Suppliers of Seamless Kapton Belts:
Note: many (all?) of these suppliers specify a high minimum order quantity. If this is the case, either pool your order with other audiophiles, or contact us.
Note: the nominal specification is: 46″ circumference x .500″ wide x .002″ thick.
A circumference longer than 46″ will work, and our standard 46″ size attempts to take into account typical turntable shelf dimensions. The longer the belt, the more forgiving the setup process is.
We’re in the middle of Eiger development, and as time permits, we plan on experimenting with belts as as thick as .004″ along with narrowing the belt to .375″ wide.
Blue Lake Products – Dean Smeaton (minimum quantity)
Phone: (949) 786-0108, (800) 257-3477
Address: P.O. Box 16355 Irvine, CA 92623-6355
A2Z Drive Belts – Edward Butler (large minimum quantity)
Belt Corporation of America (large minimum quantity)
Phone: (888) 385-3207
Address: 253 Castleberry Industrial Dr.,Cumming, GA 30040
Belting Industries – Dave Fiore (large minimum quantity)
Phone: (800) THE-BELT ext. 131
Phone: (908) 272-8591 ext. 131
Address: Belting Industries Co., Inc., 20 Boright Ave., Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Making Your Own Belts:
Links to suppliers of Mylar have expired, and we have removed them. If you’d like to fabricate your own spliced belt, search for either:
- For holographic Mylar belts, search for band supplies.
- 1/2″ recording tape or transparent 1/2″ recording tape leader.
- Search for “recording supplies” for both tape and splicing blocks.
Stephen Robinson put together a nice description of how to splice tape without the use of a splicing block. Since it was created in PowerPoint, we’ve converted it to PDF format. click here (opens in new window).
Music Technology Tape Splicing Guide click here (opens in new window).