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Upgrade Your Turntable with a Drive System Retrofit

Galibier Design - Motor Controller

Requests for drive systems from owners of other manufacturers’  turntables (particularly Platine Verdier and Redpoint owners) were deafening, and we listened to you.

We’ve streamlined our production process and this freed us up to re-institute our drive system retrofit/upgrade program for a broad range of turntables.


What’s Included

Galibier Design - Teddy Pardo Power Supply
Teddy Pardo Linear Supply is Included

The upgrade consists of the exact drive system we specify for our Stelvio-II turntable:

  1. Current generation drive module.  This is the round top plate assembly shown in the photo.  It houses the motor and all control circuitry.
  2. Custom height motor pod
  3. Kapton Belt (46″ circumference)
  4. Teddy Pardo Linear Power supply

The machined aluminum parts are finished in matte silver (anodized).

A Historical Timeline

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the evolution of our drive system, we compiled this timeline (click this link).

From a Redpoint Owner

What’s that old saying … “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true”?  We designed the Redpoint controller back in 2001 and carried it forward to Galibier, so we’re well aware of it’s weak points.  They say it’s not good form to criticize your competitors.  Well, treat this as a “self-critique” of how much we’ve learned about our own designs.

It’s always gratifying however, when our customers recognize the difference as well.

For the record, the Platine Verdier uses a similar drive architecture to our legacy drive system, so you’ll experience similar upgrades to what Redpoint owners are hearing.

From C.H., Greeley, CO

Hi Thom,

Well, that’s not a subtle difference! Thom, I don’t think I realized how broke the original motor was and what an effect that has had on my perception of vinyl playback over the years since I bought the Redpoint.

It took all of a minute to have the controller set up and working, and the speed was locked on at 33 as well as 45. I simply used the KAB strobe disc to check it. I’ve never seen it sit that still on this turntable before… I tried both my diy mylar belt and your Kapton belt and, at the moment, I seem to prefer the Kapton. I could easily hear the difference between the two belts. That ability to finally “hear” differences ended up being what my entire weekend was like!

It was pretty amazing to listen to familiar recordings. The depth, three dimensional quality and believability has pretty much gone through the roof. Dynamic range seems to have increased as well.

I also am finally able to hear smaller differences in VTA and azimuth. I need to sort out some adjustments in my phono pre now.

Seems I’ve been using adjustments in the phono pre and arm in an attempt to compensate for problems with the motor. Of course, now I need to get a lot more serious about arm and cart setup because those things are now way easier for me to hear.

Just wanted to give you a quick update on the thing. I’m really happy!


Complete drive system for other manufacturers’ turntables

This includes all of the items noted in the overview.  Pricing shown below differs based on motor pod options:

  • Standard Galibier Motor Pod: $2,695 (belt center line is 5.225″ above turntable shelf)
  • Re-work your Redpoint Motor Pod:  custom machining – same price as standard upgrade.
  • Custom Height Motor Pod: $2,995 (Platine Verdier, Final Tool, etc.)

Galibier Owners – controller circuit update (no motor pod, power supply or belt)

This includes the drive module:  the round, top control plate with all drive circuitry (specified in item-1 in the overview).  It is a direct, plug-in replacement for all turntables we have ever manufactured (dating back to 2001).  Price is $1,095.

This module requires a linear power supply – either by Astron  ($90) or Teddy Pardo ($400).  Since many of you already own one of these supplies, the above pricing does not include a power supply.

Trade-in / Trade-up

At any point within two years of purchase, you may apply the full purchase price of your drive system upgrade in trade toward a Galibier Stelvio, Gavia or Eiger turntable.

We will re-purpose any compatible parts from your drive system (as applicable) to the model you purchase.

Contact us for details.