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Fall, 2017 – NiWatt Pre-Production Kickoff Sale!

We considered doing a kickstarter to fund the first production run of NiWatt amplifiers, but decided to run this sale instead.

New Gavia-II:  $8,875 (single arm configuration)

Galibier Design - Gavia IIThe Gavia is a brand new build which we assembled for the photo shoot seen on the Gavia page (click thumbnail photo for details). 

New bearings and platters are due in January to complete this build (the platter & bearing used for the photo is from our demo turntable).

  • Add optional second arm wing and armboard for $375.  This upgrade normally costs $1,750 (an extra armboard alone costs $725).
  • Add two day on-site setup session for $975 (Continental US & most of Canada only – normally $2,000 including travel expenses).  Click here for details.

 

New Stelvio-II: custom finished to your specifications $$$ Sold $$$

The Stelvio is waiting forGalibier Design: Stelvio-II - High Angle View your selection of custom finish (platinum gray metallic shown).

This too, is a brand-new build, and due to finishing and parts procurement, delivery time will be approximately 8 weeks).

Click the thumbnail photo for details on the Stelvio.

Storage Cleanup – Unfinished Serac $$$ Sold $$$

While reorganizing our storage, we came across a prototype Serac platter with matching bearinGalibier Design - Seracg.  We also uncovered a few unfinished Serac bases.

We’ll match this bearing/platter with a new drive system (a $1,295 value), complete the build with an unfinished base and a new mark-I armboard drilled for your tonearm.  The motor pod will be re-finished as well.

Galibier Design - Serac Turntable

  • Finish in semi-gloss black for an additional $125 (click on thumbnail photo for example).
  • Add Artisan tonearm and Discovery Cable plus-4 interconnect for $495.
  • The Serac purchaser also receives the same 20% NiWatt discount referenced in the Gavia and Stelvio offerings, above.

Notes

This prototype platter is a modified Serac (PVC) platter, adapted for the TPI interface.  This mat is graphite and not carbon fiber.  It’s sonically identical to the carbon fiber version, but not as pretty.  After building it, we liked what we heard, but production costs were out of line with the Serac costing model.  Platter condition is 8/10 due to a few minor blemishes on the platter surface.

Serac History

The Serac was a design exercise to see how much performance we could extract at the lowest cost.

  • The bearing and drive system are identical to the Gavia and Stelvio drive systems. These two components were non-negotiable, and we’re unaware of any other turntable manufacturer who specifies identical bearings and drive systems across their complete product line.
  • We contained costs by specifying PVC for the platter (superior to acrylic) as opposed to the complex, multi-layer platters of the Gavia and Stelvio.
  • The base is fabricated from MDF.  We found the base to be the least critical component in terms of sonic return per dollar spent.
  • The armboard is identical to the Mark-I Gavia pivoting armboards (see the Galibier Museum for photos of Mark-I turntables).