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The concept for our new turntable has been a natural evolution over the years of experience, observation, and experimentation with LP playback. These distilled into a desire to have the best elements combined in a single unit. Garrard, Lenco, Walker, Kuzma, Galibier, Scheu, Micro Seiki, Verdier, Linn, Thorens were some of the brands which passed through. The best aspects were noted, explored and remembered. Myths were plentiful, good performance less so. With time it became clear what worked and what did not. These insights were an opportunity to combine the best elements and create a turntable which stands out.
The Verdier turntable is highly regarded primarily because its original “Granito” plinth. Among the experienced vinyl cognoscenti there are two turntables which are considered to be classics at the top of the game. The first is the Micro Seiki 8000 and the second is the Platine Verdier with Granito base. As a result of not being able to find a Granito version of the Verdier I approached M. Verdier in 2012 and requested to produce the original "Granito" plinth with his guidance and approval. He was kind enough to provide his mentorship, drawings and specifications as well as awarding my little company dealership of his products in the UAE where I was then resident.
The original was fabricated in Italy and so one of the historical Terrazzo providers in Italy was selected. Even with detailed specifications it took three iterations over a period of two years before M. Verdier was satisfied. The final approved version utilises an uncommon, super hard concrete with Venetian finish and stones from all parts of Italy in various sizes and colours. Once it was finished and implemented all doubt concerning this plinth's roll in acoustics was dispelled. After trying slate, stainless steel, wood, panzerholz, bronze, brass, Baltic birch, resin encased MDF, steel and combinations of the these, it was quite clear that this unusual concrete and stone mixture had a more neutral and comprehensively powerful presentation than any of the others by a wide margin.
Any readers of my old blog will know that I believe the heart of the turntable is the most overlooked component. While there are endless discussion of tonearms, tonearm cable, cartridges, platter mats and supports the motor is often overlooked and plays as an important a role, or more so, than any of the above. It is the primary active component which not only provides motive force, but also the reactive element to stylus drag. The motor's reaction to this ever-changing load is an interaction which fundamentally influences how a turntable sounds.
Thus, the different versions of motors and how they sound are commonly labelled as “idler" or "belt drive" really meaning high or low torque, rigid or loose coupling, associated high or low noise and high or low energy. The Verdier uses a powerful precision DC motor and idler enthusiasts say is the one "belt drive" motor that has any soul. M. Verdier kindly points out its merits in a Sound Practices article - issue 11.
The grip, heart and slam of the “idler” as well as the fine detail, harmonic decay and ambient information of the best of “belt drive” is found with this motor. A completely new controller has been implemented which not only provides rapid and high current delivery but is also not thrown out of regulation by the EMI coming off the motor (as most DC regulators are). Additionally, this controller senses motor load and prevents resulting sag to maintain speed as the load varies. This is a simple but elegant solution which behaves much like the inductive stability of idler wheel shaded pole motors. A knob allows tuning this electronic inertia. The control provides adjustable degrees of immunity to the load changes of transient attacks without adding noise. One can readily find the desired presentation between “idler” and that of a “belt drive” without giving up the low-level detail idlers often do.
Appearance is a simple, subdued, mid-century modern to fit any decor.
To accompany the Foundation we provide Dynavector XV-1S and Kuzma Stogi Reference 313 VTA Tonearms / Cardas Clear wire, on request, for a proven, optimum combination. no-No-nonsense vinylista tools of world class performance.
For orders send us an email. We committed to a small production run and half have already been booked.