Category Archives: turntables

SEE Corporation Revolver

Made by Sundown Electronic Engineering, Ltd. (also called The SEE Corporation) in Warrington, England, the Revolver turntable was aimed at a very specific niche of the nineteen eighties affordable audiophile turntable market. It sold through a network of small independent specialist

SEE Corporation Revolver

Made by Sundown Electronic Engineering, Ltd. (also called The SEE Corporation) in Warrington, England, the Revolver turntable was aimed at a very specific niche of the nineteen eighties affordable audiophile turntable market. It sold through a network of small independent specialist

Dual CS606

It is hard to understate the decline of Dual, which had once been one of the largest manufacturers of turntables in Europe, with over three thousand employees working across several factories in West Germany, at the peak of that country’s

Dual CS606

It is hard to understate the decline of Dual, which had once been one of the largest manufacturers of turntables in Europe, with over three thousand employees working across several factories in West Germany, at the peak of that country’s

Reloop Turn5

German brand Reloop has been making pro audio equipment since 1996, and duly formed a specialist hi-fi division two years ago. The £650 Turn5 is the top model in the company’s turntable range, and is – to all intents and purposes

Reloop Turn5

German brand Reloop has been making pro audio equipment since 1996, and duly formed a specialist hi-fi division two years ago. The £650 Turn5 is the top model in the company’s turntable range, and is – to all intents and purposes

Sony PS-X40

The nineteen seventies was ‘the Golden Age of Vinyl’, and Sony played an important part in making it so. Although the specialist audiophile market was preoccupied with belt-driven British superdecks such as Linn’s Sondek and Dunlop’s Systemdek, the wider turntable

Sony PS-X40

The nineteen seventies was ‘the Golden Age of Vinyl’, and Sony played an important part in making it so. Although the specialist audiophile market was preoccupied with belt-driven British superdecks such as Linn’s Sondek and Dunlop’s Systemdek, the wider turntable

Origin Live Aurora Mk3

Launched in 2014 for a whisker under £1,000, the Aurora was the baby in the company’s four-strong range of turntables. Like the original which appeared back in 2003, it’s a high quality skeletal belt drive design hewn from black acrylic

Origin Live Aurora Mk3

Launched in 2014 for a whisker under £1,000, the Aurora was the baby in the company’s four-strong range of turntables. Like the original which appeared back in 2003, it’s a high quality skeletal belt drive design hewn from black acrylic

Walker CJ58

By the time that Compact Disc arrived in 1983, Britain had a surfeit of fine belt drive turntables on sale. From the Rega Planar 3 and Ariston RD80 to the Strathclyde 305, Dunlop Systemdek and Linn Sondek LP12, there were

Walker CJ58

By the time that Compact Disc arrived in 1983, Britain had a surfeit of fine belt drive turntables on sale. From the Rega Planar 3 and Ariston RD80 to the Strathclyde 305, Dunlop Systemdek and Linn Sondek LP12, there were

Heybrook TT2

By 1980 when the Heybrook TT2 came out, almost every major development in turntable design had already happened. We had got quartz-locked direct drive, but British manufacturers largely eschewed it on cost grounds. So most UK decks were variations on

Heybrook TT2

By 1980 when the Heybrook TT2 came out, almost every major development in turntable design had already happened. We had got quartz-locked direct drive, but British manufacturers largely eschewed it on cost grounds. So most UK decks were variations on

Pioneer PL-12D

Back in the early nineteen seventies, the main purveyors of turntables in Britain were Garrard and BSR, with the likes of Lenco, Dual, Philips, Collaro and Balfour also providing some popular designs. Many were auto-changers, and often appeared in then-popular

Pioneer PL-12D

Back in the early nineteen seventies, the main purveyors of turntables in Britain were Garrard and BSR, with the likes of Lenco, Dual, Philips, Collaro and Balfour also providing some popular designs. Many were auto-changers, and often appeared in then-popular

Terry O’Sullivan

One of the British hi-fi industry’s great characters, since 1990 this outspoken chap [pictured above left] has been fixing, recommissioning and remanufacturing classic Garrard turntables in Wiltshire, not far from the original factory in Swindon. Along the way, his company

Terry O’Sullivan

One of the British hi-fi industry’s great characters, since 1990 this outspoken chap [pictured above left] has been fixing, recommissioning and remanufacturing classic Garrard turntables in Wiltshire, not far from the original factory in Swindon. Along the way, his company

Technics SL-1200G

The Technics SL-1200 was always more than a disco fashion accessory. To those who’d only ever encountered Regas and Linns, the Technics might look like a chintzy bauble, but see one in the flesh and you begin to understand why

Technics SL-1200G

The Technics SL-1200 was always more than a disco fashion accessory. To those who’d only ever encountered Regas and Linns, the Technics might look like a chintzy bauble, but see one in the flesh and you begin to understand why

Thorens TD125

Herman Thorens first registered the company in 1883, in St Croix, Switzerland. It started as a manufacturer of musical boxes and associated equipment, and then in 1903 produced its first Edison type phonograph, then focussed on horn gramophones for the new shellac records.

Thorens TD125

Herman Thorens first registered the company in 1883, in St Croix, Switzerland. It started as a manufacturer of musical boxes and associated equipment, and then in 1903 produced its first Edison type phonograph, then focussed on horn gramophones for the new shellac records.

Keith Monks Omni Mk.VII

“Other products are available”, as they say, but traditionally the Keith Monks Omni was always the one that serious record collectors recommended – as well as being the choice of the record libraries of august broadcast organisations like the BBC. It’s

Keith Monks Omni Mk.VII

“Other products are available”, as they say, but traditionally the Keith Monks Omni was always the one that serious record collectors recommended – as well as being the choice of the record libraries of august broadcast organisations like the BBC. It’s

NAD 5120

It was something of a surprise, to be frank. When NAD introduced its 5120 turntable in 1981, the brand’s stock was very high – the 3020 amplifier was unassailable and they couldn’t make enough of them. Typically, it would find itself

NAD 5120

It was something of a surprise, to be frank. When NAD introduced its 5120 turntable in 1981, the brand’s stock was very high – the 3020 amplifier was unassailable and they couldn’t make enough of them. Typically, it would find itself

Linn Basik

Back in the early nineties, Linn Products was still regarded primarily as a high end specialist turntable manufacturer. After all, its Karik/Numerik CD spinner had only been around for a couple of years, and the LK1/LK280 pre-power amplifier combo was

Linn Basik

Back in the early nineties, Linn Products was still regarded primarily as a high end specialist turntable manufacturer. After all, its Karik/Numerik CD spinner had only been around for a couple of years, and the LK1/LK280 pre-power amplifier combo was

Technics SL-1200GAE

Just when we least expected it, Technics went and killed off the SL-1200. Let us rewind back to 2010, when the recession was biting and only certain types of hi-fi were really doing anything at all, sales-wise. CD player sales were falling

Technics SL-1200GAE

Just when we least expected it, Technics went and killed off the SL-1200. Let us rewind back to 2010, when the recession was biting and only certain types of hi-fi were really doing anything at all, sales-wise. CD player sales were falling

Technics SH-50P1

This beautiful electronic stylus pressure gauge was originally designed to be bundled with Technics’ EPA-500 tonearm, itself made to match the SP-10mkII transcription turntable. It was also made available separately however, and by 1978 most of the world’s hi-fi magazines

Technics SH-50P1

This beautiful electronic stylus pressure gauge was originally designed to be bundled with Technics’ EPA-500 tonearm, itself made to match the SP-10mkII transcription turntable. It was also made available separately however, and by 1978 most of the world’s hi-fi magazines

Nagaoka GL602

The late nineteen seventies saw fierce competition amongst turntable manufacturers – especially in Japan. The UK market missed much of this, thanks to the reign of the Linn LP12 which seemed to be most hi-fi dealers’ – and magazines’ –

Nagaoka GL602

The late nineteen seventies saw fierce competition amongst turntable manufacturers – especially in Japan. The UK market missed much of this, thanks to the reign of the Linn LP12 which seemed to be most hi-fi dealers’ – and magazines’ –

Rega RP1

This sleek £230 package is pretty much the best entry-level hi-fi turntable you can get. The long-established. Essex-based Rega company has an illustrious history of making vinyl spinners that sound better than they should for the money. Indeed it’s a distant cousin of

Rega RP1

This sleek £230 package is pretty much the best entry-level hi-fi turntable you can get. The long-established. Essex-based Rega company has an illustrious history of making vinyl spinners that sound better than they should for the money. Indeed it’s a distant cousin of

Musical Fidelity M1

Ah yes, the Musical Fidelity turntable. Currently residing in the ‘where is it now’ category, the M1 appeared on the analogue scene just under a decade ago and caused more of a ripple than a splash, for a fleeting moment.

Musical Fidelity M1

Ah yes, the Musical Fidelity turntable. Currently residing in the ‘where is it now’ category, the M1 appeared on the analogue scene just under a decade ago and caused more of a ripple than a splash, for a fleeting moment.

Revox B795

Back in the mid nineteen seventies, the Revox name was considered by many to be the best of the best. The company was regarded as being a purveyor of ultra high end hi-fi equipment, head and shoulders above even the

Revox B795

Back in the mid nineteen seventies, the Revox name was considered by many to be the best of the best. The company was regarded as being a purveyor of ultra high end hi-fi equipment, head and shoulders above even the