Coming in the Winter of 2017
This is a completely new direction in turntables for Galibier, but by no means have we thrown out all we’ve learned through the years.
Here are some key features:
- Rim drive with magnetic (fine adjustable) tensioner
- Gavia TPI© platter architecture – the same design used in our Gavia and Stelvio
- Two tonearm capability, employing identical sliding armboard architecture as the Gavia and Stelvio
- Motor & controller architecture adapted from the Stelvio for rim drive
- Identical bearing as the Stelvio
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Follow its development on our blog, beginning with this September 6, 2017 commentary.
From one of our Stelvio owners:
Recently, one of our customers dropped by our facility in Erie, Colorado to take a pulse on our progress. Here are his comments from that visit:
Thank you for hosting us in your lovely home last weekend. My thoughts:
The original conception of the platter, base and bearing have been re-validated. This part of the design ranks with the best available. The long term viability of the design is a wonderful testament to your initial engineering conception.
The rim drive is a revolutionary (as opposed to evolutionary) development. I have heard just about every contender for “best turntable in the world”.
What I heard on Saturday night is the best vinyl I have ever heard…and second place isn’t that close.
Based on what I heard Saturday evening, the new drive system fulfills the promise of Galibier and what compelled me (and many other customers) to purchase Galibier turntables. I feel you absolutely owe it to your loyal customers to complete the rim drive and make it available as an upgrade sooner rather than later.
As a loyal customer and public advocate of your products, I have waited for this level of upgrade and am looking forward to getting delivery of either a prototype or finished drive system soon. I expect you will want input and validation from current owners, please let me know when a test unit will be available.
One of the key attributes of the Eiger is its speed stability. We talk extensively about this with our customers, and rather than repeat ourselves here, check out this post, and this post on our blog. While these comments apply to our recent belt drive updates, the same principles and design goals apply to the Eiger.