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August, 2019

We’re ever so grateful at how swamped we’ve been this Summer, and photo shoot time has been at a premium.

If we don’t have enough photo detail for an item of interest, contact us with questions and we’ll do our best to document these items to your satisfaction.

August 21, 2019 – new items have been flooding in over the past two days.  Check back in a few days as we sort through them and post them here.

Exasound E20 Mk III DAC

Our friend, neighbor and Positive Feedback Reviewer, Lynn Olson is upgrading to Exasound’s 8-channel DAC – the E38.

We just compared the two DACs today in our Galibier Reference system.  Yes, The E38 is better than the E20 Mk III, and at $4K it should be.  If you’re viewing this ad however, you are very likely familiar with this fine Canadian company – that they don’t know how to release a dud.

The key thing about both DACs is that while they’re highly resolving, they treat sub-optimal sources kindly.  You can enjoy not only your hi-res files, but YouTube as well.

I’ll be writing about today’s demo in a blog post shortly and will update this section with a link.

The Teddy Pardo is a significant upgrade and is our power supply of choice for our turntables.

Click thumbnails for expanded view (note – Teddy Pardo Supply is shown):

Galibier Design - Exasound DAC           Galibier Design - Exasound DAC          Galibier Design - Exasound DAC

Serac Turntable $2,750 with standard (Astron) power supply

Galibier Design - Serac Turntable
Serac – standard gloss black

We received a matched Serac platter and bearing set in trade from a customer who is upgrading to a Gavia platter / bearing.  All of our platters are matched to their own bearings.

The photos shown are of a previous build as well as a build in progress (before the base was painted).

We have some left over bases and one Serac motor pod, and we will build you a Serac as follows:

  • The bearing is in “as new” condition.  It has been inspected and the thrust ball has been upgraded to our 2019, ceramic bearing.  A new thrust pad was fit to the bearing.
  • All aluminum parts are either new (armboard, front pillar, motor pod top plate) or will be re-polished to new condition (motor pod).
  • The platter has been lovingly cared for and is in new cosmetic condition.
  • This turntable will have our soon to be released 2019 drive system which is fit to our Gavia and Stelvio turntables.  Expected receipt of machined parts for this drive system update is late August.  
  • The base will be painted standard black.
  • A blank armboard will be drilled for the tonearm of your choosing.  Contact us for specifics and compatibility (the armboard can be drilled for most tonearms including most 12″ arms).
  • The standard power supply is by Astron.  We highly recommend the Teddy Pardo supply, and we can walk you through the differences.  You can purchase the “Teddy” directly from him and we will credit you $80 if you opt for the Teddy Pardo.
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Serac – Prior to Painting Base

The Serac may be our greatest technical achievement and biggest commercial flop.  We put all of our r&d into performance, and compromised on cosmetics to deliver it at its price point. 

In retrospect, we realized that the market preferred a bit more cosmetics, but we could  have never delivered so much sound at this price point if we had done so.

Add an Artisan (Jelco SA-250) tonearm for an additional $375.

DIY-er’s special:  paint the base yourself and save $250.

On average, we receive one or two Serac platter / bearing sets annually in trade from customers upgrading to a Gavia platter / bearing . 

We’ve been building Seracs with the few  Serac bases we’ve kept on hand.  This may be the last Serac we release as the motor pod is the sole remaining one.   While we may release future Seracs with Gavia motor pods, the price would have to increase by $500 to cover machining expenses.

Put this into perspective:  our customers are paying $1,295 to upgrade to this identical drive system on their Stelvio and Gavia turntables – a drive system which we’re proud of specifying for these 5-figure turntables and which competes against cost no object turntables.

For an additional $1,450, you’re getting an entire turntable with the same bearing we specify for the Gavia and Stelvio turntables.

Gavia / Stelvio Drive System – DIY-er’s Special

We received a turntable in trade and the motor pod suffered some minor shipping damage (not visible when viewed from the front).

The right owner can have this motor pod + our soon to be released 2019 drive update for $1,395.  We normally charge $1,295 for the drive system update (without motor pod).  

The centerline of the drive belt is 4.5″ above the turntable shelf.  On the bottom, are 3, 1/4-20 threaded holes to which you can affix a hardwood “riser” should you have a taller turntable.

Add a Kapton drive belt ($80) and power supply, and you have a Stelvio-class drive system. Contact us for details.  The photos below were taken to document the shipping damage to the original owner.   We can shoot a front view should you be interested in this.

Click thumbnail photos for larger view:

Galibier Design - Motor Pod Shipping Damage (JC)          Galibier Design - Motor Pod Shipping Damage (JC)

Mark 1.5 Gavia – waiting on deposit (likely sold):

    • We retrofit this turntable to receive a Mk 1.5 armboard. 
    • The Mk 1.5 armboard was re-drilled for a Kuzma 4Point tonearm
    • This turntable is functionally identical in performance to the Mark-II Gavia, apart from being limited to a single arm. 
    • A new Gavia platter & bearing has been fit to this turntable.
    • It is awaiting release of our 2019 drive system update (early August).
    • In other words, all moving parts are be new.

Lyra Kleos Mono: $$$ Sold $$$

We have a customer who is the second owner of this Lyra Kleos Mono cartridge.

It was advertised as having 200 hours on it.

Shortly after receiving delivery, he decided to purchase an Etna mono cartridge to match his Etna SL Stereo cartridge.

My customer got so far as to mount the cartridge in the headshell, but has never aligned it, nor played any records with the cartridge.

Click photos to expand, and contact us for details on both this cartridge as well as new Lyra cartridges.

Galibier Design - Bargain Bin TaleaDurand Talea Mk-I Tonearm: $$$ Sold $$$

Galibier Design - Bargain Bin TaleaOne of my customers is selling a first generation Talea tonearm (click photos for expanded view).

This is a local customer and I have inspected and set up the arm.  Condition is 9/10.

I view both Talea generations to be the equal of the current Kairos tonearm – this because of the wood arm wand on the Taleas.

If the Kairos had a wood wand, I suspect that it would be the superior tonearm, but I have to say, that I think Joel took a step backwards in moving to the composite arm wands in both the Kairos and the Telos.

I get why he did it. Maintaining quality control with the wood wands is not a simple or inexpensive task. Considering that the Telos is a cost no object design, I’m surprised he didn’t retain the wood wand on the Telos.

Galibier Design - Bargain Bin TaleaTake these musings as one person’s opinion and nothing more, but know that this particular Talea is a wonderful tonearm.

When you factor the price of an interconnect into a Kairos ($500 to $1K), this Talea (with its included interconnect) becomes a great deal at its asking price.

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ZYX Omega Lapis Lazuli MONO Cartridge: $$$ Sold $$$

Galibier Design - ZYX Mono CartridgeA good customer of ours has far too many cartridges and is parting with his ZYX cartridge. The following is his description:

Priced very fairly for a quick sale. (MSRP is $5695).

Ships FREE anywhere in the good ol’ U.S. of A. PayPal is welcome and adds the usual small fee. Other payment methods are also welcome. 

Here we have a young, beautiful example of the gorgeous Omega Lapis Lazuli MONO cartridge from the artisans at ZYX in Japan. Purchased new from Mehran at SORASound, the one and only authorized distributor in North America.  The full model designation includes X-SB, which means the coils are ultra-pure 6N crystal copper (preferred by virtually all audiophiles) and it also includes the optional ($200) Silver Base, which is actually a top plate for the cartridge (seen in the photos).       

How does the ZYX Omega sound? Well, it sounds incredible, to be honest.

Here is what Myles Astor said in Positive Feedback: 

“In a nutshell, the ZYX Omega G is one of the most musically engaging and satisfying cartridges that I’ve heard in quite some time. Many times I found myself unconsciously reacting to the music on the albums exactly like I would at a concert or jazz club. Head bobbing. Shoulders swaying. Wanting to applaud after an exceptional solo.”

This cartridge is still in its infancy!  I opened the sealed box in October of 2016.  Due to extensive travel, it has seen less than 6 months of active duty, and it has maybe ~100 hours on it. It may not even be fully broken in at this point.

So by now you’re probably wondering, why am I selling my ZYX Omega MONO? Definitely NOT because I’ve found something better! This is still the very best mono cartridge I have ever heard. But the simple fact is that I need cash to fund other audio ventures, and . . . something’s got to go!

And the late Harry Pearson liked it even more:

“Its most startling characteristic is a degree of purity unheard of in a a moving coil design.”

“You’ll hear how precisely rendered are any of the sound it decodes, this it does with a purity and low distortion that elude everyone else’s design, and that means virtually all of the competition.”

“It has the widest soundstage of all the cartridges we evaluated, and ,thus, the very best separation figures (and even makes sonic “sense” of that wide separation)”

“And because of its carzy-glue-like way of sticking to a groove, it has the lowest audible distortion thus the purity and the sense of sparkle aplenty.”

Any questions? Just ask, and I’ll try to answer quickly.

Many thanks for looking!