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Galibier Design - Mk-II Armboard
Mk-II Arm Mount (click to enlarge)

Should you require additional armboards for your Galibier, we support all generations of turntables we have ever manufactured.

For details and photos of current generation turntables, refer to those product pages.

We support our earlier (Mk-I) architecture, although we we have a limited supply of these pivoting armboards.

After this supply is depleted, we will only furnish Mk 1.5 armboards for this generation.  Refer to the “Mk-I and 1.5” tab for details.

Click here for more details about our arm mounting architecture.

Mk-1.5 Armboards
Galibier Design - Armboard
Mk-I Short Armboard

This is a conversion for your Mk-I turntable.

We’re big fans of this conversion.  It is not a trivial upgrade. It will transform your Mk-I into the sonic equivalent of its Mk-II successor.

The additional stability is comparable to a significant tonearm upgrade.

  • Frequency response is extended.
  • The background is quieter.
  • Your tonearm will track dynamic passages with much more grace.
  • The armboard provides a Vernier adjustment for precise pivot-spindle adjustment.
Galibier Design Armboard
Mk 1.5 Long Armboard

The only consideration for not doing this upgrade is the sacrifice of dual tonearm capability. 

We’ve always advocated doing one thing as well as you can – in this case, favoring a single Mk 1.5 armboard to dual pivoting armboards.

Note: we are working on a 1.5 dual tonearm architecture upgrade.  Contact us if you’re interested.

While there are never guarantees in making a change to your system, this, along with our drive system update, is as close anything comes to a sure bet.

Mk 1.5 Cavity Conversion
Galibier Design - Gavia 1.5
Gavia 1.5 Conversion Cavity (click to enlarge)

If you are fitting most 12″ tonearms, or tonearms like the Schröder Reference, the Durands or TriPlanar, this cavity conversion is unnecessary.

If however, your tonearm is nominally shorter than 12″ and it has either an arm stub or arm cable which projects through the bottom of the armboard (e.g. Graham, Kuzma, Jelco/Artisan, etc.), then your Gavia Mk-I and Stelvio Mk-I base requires additional machining to provide clearance for the arm stub and/or arm cable.

This photo shows the cavity we machine into Gavia Mk-I and Stelvio Mk-I bases.

When we receive a Gavia Mk-I or Stelvio Mk-I in trade, we perform this conversion before posting it to our Bargin Bin, so your investment is “future-proofed”.

Mk-I Turntable Support

Galibier is unique in that we support every turntable we have ever manufactured, and in most cases upgrades are available to bring all turntables to current specification. Refer to the Galibier Museum for further commentary.

Mk-I Armboards

We have a residual stock of Mk-I pivoting armboards (both the Gavia and Stelvio versions) and after they are sold, we will only provide Mk 1.5 armboards.

  • The Stelvio Mk-I armboard is thicker than the Gavia-I board, and has a damping canister affixed to its bottom.
  • The Stelvio Mk-I armboard has no bottom exit for tonearm cables and can only be used with tonearms like the Schröder Reference, the Durands, Tri-Planar, etc.
  • If you have a tonearm like the Graham, Kuzma, Jelco/Artisan, etc. , either a Gavia Mk-I armboard must be employed, or alternatively, a Mk-1.5 armboard.
Galibier Design - Arm Mounting Simulation
(click to enlarge)

With very few exceptions (TriPlanar being one of them), we require require precise dimensions for our machinists to program the CNC mills. 

With the myriad undocumented vintage tonearms in the field, along with tonearm manufacturers who are unable to provide us with these specifications, you may have to send your tonearm to Galibier for analysis and reverse engineering of its mounting geometry.

An additional hourly charge ($70/hr.)  along with return shipping fees will apply.  The minimum charge for this service is $250 (+ insured return shipping).

All Versions
Galibier Design Armboard
A Complex Armboard (click to enlarge)

Pricing varies by mounting complexity and tonearm (armboard) length. Prices range from $600 to $1,000 for both Mark-II armboards as well as Mark 1.5 conversion armboards.

Pricing varies because the machining task can vary from a simple drilling and thread tapping operation into the aluminum, to a complex milling operation. 

This photo shows a complex machining operation – a Mk 1.5 armboard with the necessary clearance for a horizontal arm cable exit (Graham tonearm).

Additionally, long armboards require more material and machine time than short armboards do.

We have a limited supply of Mark-I (pivoting) armboards (both standard, and Stelvio versions) and pricing is more modest, depending on the complexity of the mount.  Contact us for pricing on these, as we may have demos and trade-ins at favorable pricing.  With the advent of the Mk 1.5 conversion, Mk I armboards will no longer be manufactured.

Consulting Fee

An additional consulting fee may apply if no documentation is available for your tonearm.  Refer to the “Consulting” tab for more details.

Mark-I to v. 1.5 Conversion

There is an additional fee of $750 (plus shipping) for machining the Mk 1.5 conversion cavity into your Mk-I turntable base. 

This is in addition to any armboards ordered. 

Refinishing charges may apply, depending on your current finish.

Ordering:

Contact us by phone or e-mail for your specific requirements.

Mk 1.5 Armboard Availability

With the passage of several years since we released the Mk. 1.5 armboards, demand has tapered off.  The typical Galibier owner does not change equipment frequently.

We schedule infrequent production runs for future Mk. 1.5 armboards as demand dictates.  Even this is rare, but at a minimum, we ping our customers on an annual basis to consolidate orders into a production run.  If this is a possibility for you, we recommend that you subscribe to our mailing list.

If your need is immediate, we can manufacture in quantities of one, but you will incur a setup fee which is normally amortized over the a larger batch. Setup fee for single armboard is $450. If you require two armboards for two different tonearm mounting patterns, two setup fees will apply.

E-mail or call us for details.