Brand new heavyweight Roots music!
Rum Tree is an incredible rub a dub to digital transitional effort originally from 1986 by the members of the Roots Radics aliased as “The Radicals”. Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt on vocals & bass, Style Scott on drums, Steely on the keys, and Dwight Pinkney & Bingy Bunny on guitar. Nuff said.
Reissued by Ohm Records Inc.
This article was originally What Hi-Fi, click HERE to check it out….
Vanity projects? Very possibly. But who’s to say some of the engineering feats here won’t cause technology to trickle down to more affordable decks, improving things for all of us? We live in hope. Whether the stuff of dreams or a shining example of audiophile excess, these are some of the most expensive record players ever made…
Air by name, air by nature. How many decks do you know with an air bearing to support the platter, or achieve isolation from its support through air suspension? But it doesn’t stop there. Those with warped discs – that’s us too – can rejoice in the Techdas’s ability to suck a record flat onto its platter, giving the cartridge an easier ride.
The Statement v2 is made from bullet-proof wood sandwiched between aluminium plates and can accommodate up to four tonearms, including the £18,500 Statement TT1 v2 tangential tonearm (should you have some cash left over). Unlike the Techdas there’s no air main bearing with Clearaudio choosing to float the platter with magnetism instead. More realistic Clearaudio turntables are also available…
The La Platine is huge, has a 50cm platter (that’s a 12-inch record in the picture) and weighs a colossal 400kg thanks to a base made of granite. And say what you like about the design, it certainly looks better than the company’s website.
Rossner and Sohn MOTT – up to £105,000
MOTT stands for Mother of TurnTable and this is one serious mother, with an overall weight of 325kg. There are various specifications available for this German turntable but the top-end model comes with automatic pneumatic adjustment and an air bearing. You’ll have to wait six months for one to be made to order, mind.
The One Degree was designed by NASA space engineer Aleks Bakman and claims to eliminate all resonance thanks to liquid suspension. Naturally it uses “aerospace grade metals” too. It features 24-carat gold plating and weighs a rather more manageable 23kg.
Billed as a “tribute to the science and art of vinyl music reproduction”, this Basis Audio turntable uses a vacuum system to hold the record down on the platter and even claims to be able to restore warped records to “exact flatness”. There’s a non-vacuum version, too, but in for a penny in for a pound, we reckon…
Transrotor hopes your £105,000 will be well spent on the Artus, thanks to the deck’s ability to deliver a completely level playing platform using ‘cardanic suspension’ – a gimbal design ensures it pivots around a single axis. Made from solid aluminium and acrylic, it also features a contact-less magnetic field drive and a balanced tone arm (you’d hope so, too). And it weighs a quarter of a tonne.
This battery-powered turntable is apparently made from “one entire tree”. And not just any tree – one that’s been dried for at least 20 years. Craftsmen then spend two weeks getting the surface “just right” by hand. It uses a two-chassis construction designed “to avoid any standing waves” and can support two tonearms. You can even have the platter in Ferrari red.
The Reference II was limited to just 25 models (maybe check eBay…), has a platter that weighs 20kg, and some 15kg of brass-shielding for the motor. There’s no end to the fantastical-sounding features – “liquid nitrogen-rectified belt” – but sadly the £165,000 doesn’t go quite as far as you might hope – you’ll still need to shell out for a tonearm and cartridge…
AV Designhaus Derenville VPM 2010-1 – £460,000
We think the Derenville VPM 2010-1 might just be the most expensive turntable ever made. You’d expect a great deal of technology in something costing the best part of half a million pounds, and you’d be right.
The VPM 2010-1 has two frequency controlled motors on the belt, a solid 60kg Corian chassis standing on four air suspension feet, laser toe angle measurement and an integrated digital scale. There’s an HD camera and screen for checking everything is running smoothly, plus a touch screen remote control. Don’t all rush at once…
The Far East rulers, Bim One, meet Bristol’s Rudey Lee….
The first single from Radikal Guru’s 3rd LP!
Out Now on Lion Vibes, two new 45s out of Earl Chinna Smith’s Inna De Yard Studio in St Andrew Park Kingston Jamaica..
The new single from Nice Up! Records new signing, Red Eye Hi-Fi!
Been playing this out for a while, sounds heavy on the Sound!
You can grab it for free now along with a load of other bangers from our friends across the pond, Dub-Stuy Records…
Brand new Earl 16 selection!