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Turntables by Kuzma

Say what? A turntable manufacturer selling a competitor’s product?

Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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With our expanding customer base, managing growth and maintaining quality has had our attention.

We’ve had a design on our drawing board for quite some time, but try as we might, manufacturing in the U.S. makes it impossible to deliver this design at the $8K to $11K price point.

Local production is key to maintaining quality, so manufacturing offshore is not an option.

Maintaining Focus

We’ve decided to adopt a two-pronged approach and focus on what we do best.

We’ve re-directed 100% of our attention to development and delivery of our idler drive turntable – The Savoie.

We’ll continue to offer our Stelvio Mk-II and Gavia Mk-II turntables on a commissioned (one-off) basis, and like all Galiber products, support is ongoing.

Galibier’s Expertise – the Answer was in Front of Us, all Along …

We turned the tables (pun intended), and asked ourselves what we would listen to if Galibier didn’t exist.  Suddenly the answer revealed itself – the Kuzma Stabi R.

With our 20 years’ manufacturing experience, we consider ourselves uniquely positioned to evaluate and specify a turntable from another manufacturer.

The more we studied the Kuzma Stabi R, the more we liked it.  Franc Kuzma embraces many of our design principles, which should come as no surprise, given the arc of his product development.

The Stabi R:  Key Features

Franc Kuzma is one of those rare designers whose engineering expertise is balanced with his musical sensibilities.  I’ve seen too many instances of a designer checking one, but not both of these boxes.

Three key design concepts embodied in the Stabi R immediately jumped out at us (and translate into a turntable that satisfies our design criteria):

Rigid belts 

You know how we feel about their contribution to speed stability, but if you’re not aware, read this blog post, on how we specify a drive belt.

Franc Kuzma arrived at the same conclusion we did.  Need we say more?

DC Motors 

In our search for a replacement to our legacy drive system, we realized that 3-phase, sub-horsepower, synchronous motors are a thing of the past. 

They have been replaced by digitally controlled DC motors with speed sensors.  When you see “3 phase motor” specified in a modern turntable, this is what they’re referring to.

Modualrity 

You likely know our take on the subject, but if not, browse through our museum page to view the evolution of our designs.  Flexibility, modularity, and ease of maintenance and upgrades have always been a central focus of our designs. 

Once again, we find Kuzma’s implementation of the Stabi R to be aligned with our  philosophy.

Configuration Options – So Many Choices …

Configurations options center around three different arm mounting architectures, and we can guide you through this maze of choices.

We have some distinct preferences, based on our design and development of our Mark-II turntable architecture.

We can guide you through configuring your Stabi R arm configuration for optimum results.

Feel free to contact us to discuss this.

Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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Galibier Design - Kuzma Stabi R Turntable
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