IMPORTANT NOTE: This item is only available for local collection unless specific arrangements are made directly with me to organise personal delivery. Please do not buy without making these arrangement first. Thank you
Here is a Transcriptors Skeleton turntable. If you are reading this listing, you quite possibly know a bit about this astonishing looking early 1970s turntable already. This package includes a Morch unipivot tonearm. I think the model is an UP-4 (although I can find little to confirm this, other than it looks extremely like one). The tonearm is fitted with an Ortofon 2M Blue which has had almost no use, but I suspect most buyers may replace this for a more high end alternative... it has really been fitted simply to test the deck.
Condition report: All glass appears in great condition, with no chips. The aluminium corner pieces are all clean but not polished. If you wanted, it's very easy to remove the glass and the corner posts can also be removed for polishing etc. The spring loaded lid support works well. The sprung mounted Y-shaped 'subframe/plinth' is in good condition and the spring loaded columns are good. I have bought a pack of correct size felt washers and these are perfect for use inside the columns to level the floating subframe without touching the springs (these will be included in the sale). The platter itself is also seemingly in good condition, although there are a couple of light scratches to the platter which I have tried to highlight. The tiny foam support pads are all present and in good condition. The motor cover is clean and can be easily removed to reveal the motor and accessories. The plate on which these rest does show signs of corrosion/discolouration, which I've shown in one picture. With the cover plate in place, this is effectively out of sight. The Morch tonearm seems in good condition. There has been some slight enlargement of the subframe mounting area to enable the tonearm to fit correctly. The tonearm is easy to set-up and adjust and, unlike some unipivots I've experienced, seems to hold its adjustment well.
In use: I have spent quite some time with this turntable getting the various adjustments to work smoothly and the deck now works well. The motor is very quiet, but not completely silent... this might be improved with further adjustment of the mounting plate to isolate it. It spines freely and the platter runs a consistent speed. Adjustment from 33 to 45rpm is done in a typically mechanical fashion and this needs further fine-tuning by any new owner. At the moment, the set-up works perfectly at 33rpm, but the speed adjuster 'legs' currently have a tendency to rub the belt when moved to 45rpm... I simply haven't spent any time to try and address this, but I'm sure it's not complicated. In use this deck sounds terrific (as one might expect) and of course looks completely amazing!
Summary: This is a turntable that is working well and is certainly a design masterpiece. It is also highly delicate and will certainly need setting up again after transporting from here. Much of this set-up is not complex, but is fiddly and would suit an enthusiast who likes and is prepared to spend time understanding how to get the best from this deck. It is not a deck for a first time vinyl spinner! For what are hopefully obvious reasons, I will not post this deck under any circumstances. It may be that I can deliver (please ask before buying to see if this may be possible) but with obvious Covid restrictions this is not as easy as it was. A safe handover, meeting social distancing guidelines, is perfectly possible. Please contact me to ask any questions you may have.