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RRP USD$31200.00 plus (AU42000.00)
Will accept USD$19000.00 (AU$25600) for quick sale. Trade ins maybe considered.
Also available with or without Arms/Cartridges mentioned below, so the price can be adjusted to what the new owner is comfortable with.
Offering a balance of musicality, drive and resolution rarely achieved in analog front ends costing twice the price, the Achates idler drive is simply a world class analog front end, by any standard.
This is not a dealer product so there are no discounts when you purchase - you have to place an order and wait for it to be made by the manufacture - Artisan Fidelity.
Inspection and Auditions in Sydney Australia are encouraged and questions are always welcomed.
Sale price includes the following:
Artisan Archates Turntable with all manuals, original crates and packaging materials.
Approx 300 hours (owner mostly overseas). Nearly 2 years old.
Viv Labs Tonearm (9”)
My Sonic Labs Hyper Eminent cart (Described by Harry Pearson as “ The finest moving coil”)
FR 64 as new (very little use, 90% of life in storage)
Zu modified Denon DL 103 Approx. 40 hours
Professionally set up, calibrated and tested.
Michael Fremer described this Turntable as “Best Sound at 2015 HiFi Show”.
The sound of this table is in many ways very different to what you might imagine. During my listening, it was connected via a modified PS Audio Phono Stage, into a McIntosh Preamplifier and both 6BM8 (8w) & 13E1 (35w) valve mono-blocks (by Elson Silva of Cymer Amplifier fame) and then into a beautiful pair of AUD$16000.00 Voxative Zeth Speakers http://www.voxativ.com/en/loudspeakers/zeth/
If I had to characterize the sound in a few words, it would be as follows; “Some systems draw you in immediately – others you have to analyze first, before you can then allow emotions to take over. The Artisan/Voxativ combination had me within the first few notes. Effortless, transparent, dynamic, natural, tuneful, immediate etc blah, blah, blah - all those “audiophile superlatives we're all so tired of just came and went in my mind. I was simply “there” in the performance. I drifted off with the sound I was hearing. Not tired or weary, but in that elusive “zone” that we all try so very hard to create with our systems. This is one of the very few combinations that made me forget the equipment I was listening too. Hell, I'd almost forgotten my own name after 10 mins !
So, those are my impressions. Your mileage will vary I'm sure, but I've heard literally 100's of systems over the last 35 years in this hobby. My opinion, for what its worth, is that this Turntable (if its in your price range) would be the basis (or addition to) a world class music reproduction system that would be matched by very few, and outclassed by even fewer”
Here's a professional reviewers opinion...
Item Description from Artisan Fidelity;
Continuing research and development over the course of past years in hopes to further enhance any hidden playback potential of the Achates idler drive platform has resulted in the debut of the worlds first modular inverted bearing and platter system based on the venerable Swiss Lenco idler drive geometry. Essentially, this inverted bearing system enables the Achates playback characteristics to achieve levels of fidelity previously thought unobtainable. Enhancements easily heard include: vastly lower background noise levels, improved left/right channel separation, increased resolution and improved speed stability. Additionally, this modular inverted design allows for interchangeable upper platter material selection, enabling the user to select a record material interface which suits their own individual tonal and to an extent, playback preferences. Modular upper material selections include: Pure Copper, 7075 T-6 Aluminum, Magnesium*, Stainless Steel 316 series. 240v/50Hz Australian
The previously incorporated conventional balanced high grade Inox stainless steel platter has been replaced with an all new modular 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum lower primary platter resting under a direct coupled precision machined upper layer. The modular upper modular sections materials may be individually selected and subsequently interchanged based on the listeners/users preferences, as each material invariably bestows a slightly different playback characteristic. Micro bead blasted platter surface finish shown above on lower platter section.
The directly coupled high mass plinth is carefully constructed using layers of German Panzerholz plywood, North American Poplar and aircraft aluminum implemented together using constrained layer dampening. Prior to finishing, the entire plinth is seal coated using a high grade synthetic phenolic resin. By seal coating, we are able to prevent any unwanted shifting of inner structural layers with the added benefit of locking environmental moisture and humidity out, thus resulting in a stiffer internal structure with higher rigidity which adds additional strength.
Prior to use, each donor Lenco L75 motor is disassembled down to its core parts, cleaned, lubricated, re-aligned and inspected prior to reassembly and testing to ensure the mechanical/electrical operating condition is flawless. Any parts not meeting strict requirements are disregarded. The factory Lenco idler wheels, if showing signs of wear or mechanical failure, are disregarded and replaced with new Titanium idler wheels with newly resurfaced rubber outer rims.
Addressing motor vibrations, again entails the incorporation of a drain cavity extending from the bottom of the motor running through the entirety of the plinth to minimize any possibility of unwanted mechanical vibrations. Fortunately the precision Lenco Swiss motor was built well enough that the level of inherent vibration is quite small, a testament to its engineering quality and high tolerances.
During the final stages of construction and just prior to application of the DuPont automotive paint finish, the prepped and sanded plinth is carefully and thoroughly inspected to ensure the base layers are ready for a long lasting and smooth finish worthy of any showroom or home. Finally, after multiple spray painted coats, multiple acrylic clear coating layers are applied and allowed to cure for at least 48 hours prior to the final wet-sanding and buffing stages.
The tonearm boards are made from solid German Panzerholz, Lignum Vitae, Brazilian Rosewood or Cocobolo hardwood. These exotic hardwoods were chosen for their specific density and acoustical characteristics. For mechanical/acoustical vibration Stillpoints technology is utilized. After many hours of listening trials using various materials, we have chosen Stillpoints based strictly on their sonic merits.
As many are well aware, a Lenco L75 based design, if properly implemented and modified may indeed achieve reference status among the finest analog front ends. For us, accomplishing this feat was easier said than done of course, as with all similar worthy contenders at this level. It is here, however, where we can state with utmost confidence that this design offers the highest performance we have heard to date in the areas of dynamics and drive and is one that will easily satisfy the demands of any serious audiophile or music aficionado.
No waiting, mine is ready for it's new home - these are custom order only and not discounted.
Retail Cost for what I'm selling is $42,600.00 + shipping and insurance in Australian currency. Once landed, you then pay duties and GST, so you would be looking well over this figure
Worldwide shipping is no problems at all, as we have the original crates and packaging materials.