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Pulleys for 2019 Update

Galibier Design - PulleysIt’s been a long haul, but the pulleys for our 2019 update are nearing completion.

We specified a runout tolerance of .0002″ to .0005″ (that’s 2-5 ten-thousandths) and our machinist has finally cleared his bench to develop a quality control process.

The pulley is a small part, but it would be a mistake to underestimate it’s contribution to the precision of the drive system, and it’s deserving of a rigorous quality control procedure.

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RMAF-2019 Impressions

Galibier Design - Gaylord Rockies Hotel

This was a transitional year for the Rocky Mountain Audiofest – a new, larger venue along with an earlier date.

Upon first first-siting of the massive, Gaylord Hotel (the photo doesn’t convey the scale of this place), I experienced sensory overload, and visions of ‘Vegas swirled through my head, and with that, Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro’s masterful performances in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Read more …

Exasound DACs

And now for something completely different … auditioning DACs.

Our neighbor, friend, and Positive-Feedback reviewer Lynn Olson brought over two Exasound DACs for this analog diehard to sample (pun intended).

I’m a turntable designer, and many think of me as an analog only kind of fellow, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Mk 1.5 Turntables and Dual Tonearms

Galibier Design - Gavia 1.5 Turntable
Gavia 1.5 Conversion

The Mk II turntable series represented a shift from pivoting (rotating) armboards to sliding armboards. 

After the production launch, we looked into the possibility of this sliding armboard architecture trickling down to our Mark I series turntables

The result was the Mk 1.5 conversion. 

The only downside to this conversion is the sacrifice of dual tonearm capability, and we’ve recently developed a solution to this problem.

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Drive Systems – A Historical Timeline

Galibier Design - Kapton BeltWith the release of our Spring, 2019 drive system update, it seemed like a good time to trace the evolution of our motor drives.

We’ve included some details for the technically inclined, and we’ve tried to give you some insight into both our developent process and what we were trying to acccomplish.

The sonic attributes we report below echo the comments of our customers, although in many cases they describe them differently than we do. 

We express our observations in terms of musical performance values where possible, and you’ll find minimal use of audiophile jargon unless there’s no other way to describe it. Read more …

Gavia/Stelvio Controller Upgrade

Development of one product frequently informs development of another.

In the case of the NiWatt amplifiers, we needed better wire and suddenly, a new line of cables was born.

During development of the Eiger rim drive turntable, our biggest challenge was reducing noise transmission from the motor, since it’s directly coupled to the chassis as well as contacting the platter through the idler wheel.

We learned some interesting things while solving this, and the results transferred to our belt drive turntables.

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