Sunday, 14 August 2016

Platine Verdier

La Platine Verdier

I have "researched" much and often about how to get the most out of the LP format. (it might be said that it was an obsession and a waste of time). Among a group of individuals who have tried a variety of cost no object turntables there is a consensus that there are two decks that eventually remain. These are either the Micro Seiki 5000/8000 or a vintage "Granito" Platine Verdier. Since the Granito version is no longer made and since used examples were difficult to find I sent an email to J.C. Verdier in 2011. To my pleasant surprise he cordially replied and offered to assist me in recreating the Granito Plinth under his mentorship.

So another turntable journey of learning began...



An Italian mosaic company who are well known for their terrazzo and mosaic flooring and working with concretes and stones agreed to take on the project because it was an aesthetic undertaking although well below their normal project size. 


The first examples were proof of concept using CNC machines. Not a finished product but it verified the sonic benefit and practicality of manufacturing.


After being oiled it it looked a little better,

Battery supply is indicated for the power source of the motor regulator providing better current response.


A stainless tray was made to go with a wooden chassis that was made in New Mexico long ago. Batteries, charger, voltmeter and switches were installed.


Between the battery supply and the Granito plinth things were coming along.


Here is the underside showing the new hardware required. This was the second iteration of plinth with a lighter colour.

M. Verdier liked the progress but indicated the material was not hard enough. This provided the opportunity to specify not only the hardest material available but a also change in the concrete colour and stone mix. 


 

This stone collection uses larger stones from all over Italy to get the different colours. This is termed Venetian. The material was now hard enough and M. Verdier was also pleased with the aesthetics and so this became the final version.

The sonics of this turntable so equiped defy the genre of belt drive or DC motor. It has much of the grip of an idler but also the fine resolution of say the Kuzma or Galibier. As much as I like having multiple decks there was a desire to find it all in one place and so this became my huckleberry. It does not go to the extremes of performance in both camps but it does go deeply into both with arguably one of the widest ranges of performance. The high quality motor, heavy platter, low noise magnetically, supported bearing, and well tuned, high mass suspension are all facets which demonstrate an insightful and inspired design. The result is nothing short of stunning.







In memory of J.C. Verdier - with gratitude.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for writing such an interesting article on this topic. This has really made me think and I hope to read more.
    zonetop10

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  2. Hello, you are most welcome. There is more to come soon. During the Munich show a new idler plinth came to be known for Vinylista. These turned out to be surprisingly good - not at all the Loricraft sound I had presumed.

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