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Piano das Laufwerk

   Here's a German made table offered by Misica Nova. Can't read a darn thing about it, though it surely looks yummy and i believe it is called the Piano das Laufwerk.  According to their literature, or what i can make sense of, this is their lowest line offering as their top of the line units photo is just too large for me to scan  :-{(+ .  Looks like some serious table spinnin' is happening in Germany!  Of course like most things German, they also love their chrome too.   Now if i just had a good Porsche'...

Musica Nova Vogel GmbH
Sulzbacher Straße 105
90489 Nürnburg

Website: www.musicanova-ihp.de


Super Seven Eternita Pianta
Click photo above to see a larger, tastier photo.

07 / 23 / 98

   Well, it's been a long time since my last Turntable Lust update so here are three all new German yummies for you.  Can't read the product literature at all since my German leaves much to be desired.  Ok, i admit it, i can't speak, read, or understand German so my humble apologies for not being able to offer much information about the above turntable. These units are made by JR Trans Rotor.  They actually offer more turntables then those shown here!  Seems like the turntable business must be doing great in Germany.  If they are anything like the Porsche and other things German, i betcha they are highly precision, well made, precision hand-built units. The table on the left is called the Super Seven and will set ya back DM 2500.  The middle table is the Eternita at DM 22000 and the table on the far right costs DM 6800.  As i look through their catalog it all seems very impressive.  For more information please feel free to contact them at:

JR Trans Rotor
Rake HiFi / Vertrieb GMBH
Irlenfelder WEG 43
D-51467 Berg. Gladbach

Website: www.transrotor.de 


Digital Rendering of VPI TNT

   Above is a killer cool 3D rendering of the VPI TNT turntable done by Jon Gale.  This cool dude does lottsa 3D rendering of audio gear as well as rooms. He's got more stuff on his killer web site.   Hey, why not check it out while you're surfin' the 'net.


Micro Seiki RX1500

   Micro Seiki... Many folks i know love their tables and i can see why! In it's ultimate form, the RX-1500FVG as shown here uses an air bearing that floats the heavy platter .03mm over the base for ease of platter rotation without mechanical friction in the direction of thrust. A vacuum suction system secures the vinyl record to the platter while the quadruplex suspension system uses coil springs, rubber diaphragm pistons, compressed air, and high viscosity oil to reduce any acoustic feedback from reaching the delicate tracking of the needle. Shown here, by the way, with two tonearms which are not included.


   Since 1979, Oracle Audio Technologies has been famous for their hand-crafted Delphi turntables. Well, here's the newest MK-V version. Each suspension tower uses no less then twelve different components while the massive eight pound platter keeps the vinyl nice and flat with the aid of the new center clamp. The new bearing replaces the traditional two bushing system with six nylon precision surfaced setscrews. The new Turbo Power Supply has been redesigned to achieve very high performance! Oracle continues to be the "Fine Art of Playing Music."

Oracle Audio Technologies
6136 Boulevard Bertrand Fabi
Suite 101
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1N 2P3

Website: www.oracle-audio.com 


VPI TNT Turntable

   Ya know, one of my close friends uses this turntable and he has the most awesome music collection i've ever seen (hi Douglas!). What you see above in the VPI TNT turntable that is used by a few reviewer friends of mine too. Oh heck, let's forget the description and just enjoy the larger, tastier picture. After all, there's just not enough room here to suffice a really good description in my humble opinion.

VPI Industries, Inc.
77 Cliffwood Avenue #3B
Cliffwood, NJ 07721

Website: www.vpiindustries.com


VPI JMW Memorial Tonearm

   Here's the famous VPI JMW Memorial tonearm. Many years of research and development has been used to make this a fave with a few friends of mine. This tonearm was named after Sheila and Harry Weisfeld's son, Jonathan, who passed away in 1995. The VTA can be adjusted in .00035" graduations! They claim no antiskate is needed due to the low offset angle of the headshell and the needed antiskate is provided for by the tension of the leadout wires.

VPI Industries, Inc.
77 Cliffwood Avenue #3B
Cliffwood, NJ 07721

Website: www.vpiindustries.com 


System III Sirius

   The Rockport Technologies System III Sirius is a fully implemented separate turntable, stand, motor control, and power supply (please see larger, tastier picture). Via the push button control below the turntable you can control the speed. A linear tracking arm is shown here which is precision designed to give what they feel is the ultimate of music reproduction qualities. The power supply to this unit (bottom part of the larger photo) is big, bad, and oh so good. Kinda reminds me of the Goldmund Reference turntable in some respects.

Rockport Technologies
229 Mills Street
Rockport, ME. 04856

Website: www.rockporttechnologies.com 


Wilson Benesch Circle Turntable

   The Wilson Benesch Circle turntable is a low mass design (unlike the Walker below). They seem to love uni directional carbon fibre and like the Walker use very high precision parts. Shown here without the platter it truly looks like a work of art! Shown here with the Wilson Benesch ACT 0.5 tonearm shown is a beautiful sight.

Wilson Benesch Ltd.
Falcon House
Limestone Cottage Lane
Sheffield S61NJ

Website: www.wilson-benesch.com 


Walker Audio Proscenium Gold Signature Turntable

   Here's the Walker Audio Proscenium Gold Signature Turntable. Featuring a cast from marble and lead base/table supported by a six piece Valid Points Resonance Control System. An air bearing platter is ten inches in diameter with three air jets. The platter itself weighs in at 70 lbs (the entire system is about 245 lbs.!). This turntable includes the tonearm which has a 45psi air bearing containing eight air jets. There's more, yet the larger, tastier pictures shows you whole system. Hey, why not take a look and see for yourself?

Walker Audio
1139 Thrush Lane
Audubon, PA 19403

Website: www.walkeraudio.com


Clearaudio Reference Table

   One of the most beautiful tables now available, in my humble opinion, is the Clearaudio Reference Table with the Souther TQ-I tangential tracking tonearm. The use of geometrical shapes helps dampen the vibration which could detrimentally effect the music it reproduces. The nice round platter starts it's life as a solid block of acrylic and is precisely shaped into what you see above. An inverted bearing is used while the tonearm uses a short titanium tube.

Website: www.clearaudio.de


Simon Yorke Designs

   Like Little Red Ridinghood said "My, what a long tonearm you have." The better to play 20" transcription discs my dear. The Simon Yorke Designs dual tonearm turntable can play records upwards of 20" in diameter. It features the 9" and the 12" unipivit tonearms too! This is a professional archive turntable designed and hand-crafted for the Federal Government of the United States of America and used the the National Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Simon Yorke Designs
11 West View
East Hedley Hope, Bishop Auckland
Co. Durham, England
DL13 4PT

Website: www.recordplayer.com 


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