Category Archives: turntables

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