Specials - December, 2023
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Turntable / Tonearm Packages
Contact us about tonearm packages which are two low to advertise, and click here for an overview.
Flash! Cartridges !!!
With the new cartridge lines we're bringing in, we've kicked off a long term evaluation process. We're attempting the impossible - to set up, break in and get to know all of our cartridges.
We've come up with a plan.
Tell us about a cartridge you're interested in. If we have yet to evaluate it, we'll order it for you, run a full QC, and sell it to you at a price that's too low to advertise.
Know that putting 10-20 hours into a cartridge project, along with documenting its setup is not a trivial task, so we'll be spacing these projects out to fit in with our other activities.
We reserve the right to determine cartridges that qualify for this program.
After receiving your deposit, we'll do the following:
- Order your cartridge.
- Set it up and run it in for 10-20 hours.
- Perform a full QC, including producing USB microscope photos, along with documenting azimuth and all other setup parameters.
- If there's any anomaly, we'll send it back to the distributor to correct the issue.
- Deliver your cartridge at a price that's too low to advertise.
Your cartridge will be delivered "as new with dealer QC" along with all of the normal documentation and warranty details.
About sample to sample cartridge variance.
Tonearms are adjustable for the very reason that affixing a tiny diamond to a cantilever (while being a precision operation) is not an exact science. Even the best cartridges vary by as much as +/-1.5 degrees in any plane (SRA, azimuth zenith). Cartridges falling within these parameters are considered to be normal.
Were this not the case, we would not be using advanced setup tools like USB microscopes, dedicated setup records and software, oscilloscopes, and such.
Gavia Mk 1 (with Mk 1.5 update) - coming in early December, 2023
Serac Turntable - we just re-manufactured a Serac and it's ready to go!
GAVIA Mk 1.5
Expected in December, 2023
Note: the photo below is of a previous Gavia - Mk 1.5 restoration
As soon as we receive this one, will add some photos.
As we note below, your Gavia will be factory rebuilt to new condition.
The turntable shown here has our original polished finish, with the original graphite TPI © top plate.
In subsequent model years, we issued an update - replacing the graphite top plate with one of carbon fiber.
The change is cosmetic and is not a functional one (see below for details).
With the exception of missing dual arm capability, these Mk 1.5 updates are sonically identical to our dual-arm capable Mk II turntables.
Included in base price ($6,750):
- Bring the drive system to current 2019 drive system specification.
- If the turntable currently has this update, we run a full QC process on the existing drive system.
- The Teddy Pardo linear supply upgrade is included.
- Rebuild to current specification with ceramic thrust ball interface.
- Drilled for your tonearm
Mk 1.5 Upgrade
- Tonearm cavity is machined
- Mk 1.5 fixed/fine adjustable armboard replaces the Mk I pivoting armboard (click here for details). This is not a trivial change. Performance with this update matches our Mk II turntables.
TPI © Top Plate
- This turntable has the earlier graphite version, it has been refinished using our new process, bringing the cosmetics to match the later carbon fiber version.
- Performance differences between the two versions are indistinguishable. The carbon fiber revision was a cosmetic change. This occurred before we developed the new finishing process for the graphite plates.
- The base, motor pod and front pillar will be powdercoated in a gun-metal tone.
- Deduct $675 from the above price to retain the original, polished finish.
A la carte options:
- Replace the graphite TPI © top plate with carbon fiber: $795
After the Mk 1.5 upgrade, a Mk I (pivoting) armboard is still compatible, but we strongly recommend the Mk 1.5 armboards. The performance difference is equivalent to a significant tonearm upgrade.
As mentioned above, the two TPI © top plate versions are sonically identical. If you lust for the visuals of carbon fiber, then by all means we'll install one for you.
We would have no reservations running a top level demo with this turntable - for the most discriminating of customers.
Finishing options boil down to taste.
Previous Gavia Restorations
It’s the rare individual who “requires” an upgrade from a Gavia to a Stelvio turntable, and on average, we’ll see perhaps one Gavia come our way in a calendar year.
The three Gavias shown here are examples different finishes for for turntables received in trade (click photos to expand).
The fourth photo shows the machined conversion cavity for compatibility with the Mk 1.5 armboards. This modification brings the Mk I turntable's performance to match the Mk-II turntables.
Our polisher has retired, and in recent years, the default finish has changed to a matte silver, anodized finish shown below.
Serac: available December, 2023
$3,150 to $4,075 depending on options
Built and Ready to Drill an Armboard for you
Our original Serac had our first generation drive system. Shown here, is the basic configuration with Mk I armboard. Scroll down for Mk 1.5 armboard photos.
This remanufactured turntable has a new drive system that is identical to our Gavia/Stelvio drive systems.
These drive system upgrades are sold as an upgrade, for $2,750.
Add the Teddy Pardo power supply option to our Basic Serac, and for $800 more than the cost of our power supply upgrade, get a complete Galibier turntable.
Base Price ($3,150) includes:
- Turntable base converted to accept Mk 1.5 armboard at any time
- Serac PVC platter
- Remanufactured bearing with ceramic thrust interface (same as Gavia/Stelvio)
- Mk I pivoting armboard with no front pillar
- New Gavia/Stelvio drive with Astron RS 7A Linear Power Supply
- Mk 1.5 armboard - add $275
- Teddy Pardo Linear Power Supply Upgrade - add $400
- Front protective pillar - add $250
For the base price of $3,150 + the $400 Teddy Pardo power supply upgrade, you are getting a complete turntable for $800 over the price we charge for our Gavia/Stelvio upgrade conversions (click here for details).
On rare occasions, a Serac owner will upgrade their Serac platter to a Gavia. When they do, we trade the customer's base, platter and bearing in exchange for a new base, Gavia platter, and matching bearing (platters & bearings are delivered in matched sets). We then take the traded-in base, platter and bearing and do the following to build a new turntable:
- We modify the base to accept Mk 1.5 armboards.
- We rebuild the bearing to our current ceramic thrust interface standard
- We build a new drive system with an Astron linear supply
- In "Maxed Out" configuration, we include a front pillar, a Mk 1.5 Gavia armboard, and substitute a Teddy Pardo linear supply for the Astron.
Photos below are shown with the Mk 1.5 upgrade and optional Jelco and Kuzma tonearms.
Inquire about tonearm and cartridge package pricing.
The Serac may be our greatest technical achievement and biggest commercial flop. We put all of our r&d into performance, and compromised on cosmetics to deliver it at its price point.
In retrospect, we realized that the market preferred a bit more cosmetics, but we could have never delivered so much sound at this price point if we had done so.
Put this into perspective: our customers currently pay $1,295 to upgrade to this drive system – the same one we specify for our 5-figure Stelvio and Gavia turntables – a drive system which competes against cost no object turntables.s
For a relatively small price difference, you’re getting an entire turntable with the same bearing and drive system we specify for the Gavia and Stelvio turntables.
We’ve known Jon for over 20 years, and he’s in line for one of our new Savoie turntables. There’s room on his shelf for only one turntable.
You can contact Jon directly at this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jon and I are researching what a fair price would be, and hence, the absence of an asking price at present.
Jon describes this LP12 as follows:
" Excellent+ condition – a few minor blemishes. Original lacquer on platter in excellent condition. Good belt. Bearing drained and sealed. Will wrap in brown paper."
- Linn Sondek LP12
- Valhalla power supply (single speed 33.3 rpm)
- Armboard drilled for Ittok
- Blank 6-point armboard
- Cirkus bearing and chassis
- Stainless top, original Linn wood base
- New dust cover in bag with cloth cover
- New dust cover hinges
- New complete double box and packing
- Includes online setup guide
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