Welcome to Galibier

Thanks for visiting us.  We make some bold claims – claims that we believe can only be understood through experience.

When a customer first contacts us, we like to establish a common framework – your musical tastes, as well as the the hi-fi gear which has either worked or not worked for you.

At the end of this discussion (assuming we’re in philosophical alignment), the only question in your mind should be whether we can deliver the goods.  We’re confident that we can!

Quite a bit of our history and design philosophy was covered in an interview we gave with Dagogo magazine.  You can read a transcript of it here.

Thom Mackris
President, Galibier Design, LLC

Galibier Design - Thom Mackris

Guiding Principles

The Customer is NOT Your Beta Tester:

How many times have you had the feeling that the product you just purchased was a pre-production prototype?

At Galibier, we take our time to ensure that every product release is mature, stable, and reliable.  We get it right the first time.  Upgrades are musically significant.  You will not see endless “.1” releases whose sole purpose is to generate cash flow for the manufacturer.

Galibier has your back:

How long will it be before an ordinary manufacturer stops supporting you, either by planned obsolescence or for other reasons?  Galibiers can be willed to your heirs

We encourage you to check Galibier’s track record of upgrades which can bring all legacy turntables to current specification (the very first turntable we ever sold in  2001 is fully current).

Serviceability and Reliability:

All Galibier turntables are designed with field serviceability in mind. Modularity supports this goal, and the end user can access all parts of our turntables for maintenance and service.

Of course, our amplifiers require trained technicians to service due to the high voltages in vacuum tube circuits, but our construction and layout takes maintenance into consideration as well.

Quality

Quality begins at the design stage, because you can’t fix a bad design with state of the art manufacturing.

Having said that, our U.S. machinists are ISO certified to manufacture satellites for NASA. 

Galibier Forever

Stable designs, with continual process improvement

Our customers are long-term owners, and you'll rarely find a used Galiber product turning up for sale.  We take this as the highest form of compliment.

Many of our design improvements are implemented "under the hood".  You won't find market driven cosmetic changes to make your Galibier product "obsolete". 

Visit the Galibier Museum for a visual, virtual timeline of our products’ evolution. As we write there:

“Modular construction means that most, if not all upgrades are available to owners of every turntable we have produced.”

As you view the functional look of our early models, and compare them with our present day turntables, consider their common DNA in the same way you might compare a 1956 Porsche against a present day model.

Expand

Expand your record collection

Do you find yourself pulling a record out and then sliding it back in the shelf?  What’s that about?  Is it that you aren’t in the mood for that piece, or … is it that you remember that it didn’t sound very good the last time you played it?

  • A hi-fi system should not limit your musical choices.
  • Our products will have you enjoying all of those recordings you once considered unplayable.
  • This is not about "sweetening" the music or rounding off the edges in any way.
  • We don’t sacrifice resolution in order to achieve this.

When you audition at Galibier, bring some of your unlistenable recordings, as well as music that you don’t necessarily gravitate to.  We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Space-Time

Time and Space Travel

An interesting thing happens when our clients hear a system assembled by us. They stop using hi-fi jargon and start remarking about what the performers are doing in the present tense. A world-class system is a space/time machine.

We couldn’t have said it better than Lynn Olson did in his timeless essay: Illusion Engines (opens in a new window).

Trust your knowing

The audio press can't tell you what to like.

Step back and observe both the language you use to describe the music and the language of your body - how it responds.  

Trust your knowing and realize that your reactions will tell you a lot. Don’t trivialize them.

Ask questions

“Is this bringing me joy?”  “Do I feel as if I was invited to an after hours, private jam session where some special music was created?”  Use your awareness and you’ll create questions that are relevant to you.   These are just examples.

If you shed the audiophile jargon, you will free yourself to trust your knowing and you will recognize when a system is making magic.

The Music - Giving Back

People talk about live music and reference systems.  We’ve found no better way to keep our musical priorities straight than to support the vibrant local music community by sponsoring house concerts.

Shown here, is the energetic, joyfully inventive, and incredibly talented band  Gipsy Moon, performing in front of our reference system.

What better way to give back to the music community while sharing great tunes with good friends  all the while, resetting your priorities in the listening room where your auditioning takes place?

Galibier Design - Gipsy Moon Band

Gipsy Moon Band in Concert at Galibier Design

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