The Technics SP-10 Direct Drive turntable was manufactured by Matshushita from 1970. It had 33/45/78rpm speeds and superb technical specifications for speed accuracy and stability, wow and flutter and rumble.
The MKII / MK2 version was manufactured from around 1975 I believe, until at least 1987.
The SP-10 was supplied as a motor unit without tonearm/s, for studio or commercial use.
The Wand tonearm was designed by Simon Brown (
Design Build Listen Ltd) in Dunedin, New Zealand and was introduced in 2011.
This is a uni-pivot tonearm using Simon Brown’s own ‘defined contact’ uni-pivot implementation, a unique large diameter carbon fibre arm tube and stainless steel metalwork.
This model, The Wand Classic, is a ‘no-frills’ entry-level model with attractive pricing.
Moving Coil cartridge design has not changed fundamentally for 30+ years.
The traditional design of almost all MC cartridges, consists of a stylus on the end of a long cantilever, with a ‘moving coil’ attached to the inner end.
This whole assembly ‘sits’ onto a soft, resilient ”suspension’ or damper’ material and held in place by a rear tension wire.
This is our finalised DIY cleaner ‘kitset’ design.
It is a 3-piece ‘kitset’ designed for easy self-assembly, with only 4 screws.
An additional 3 screws attach a slow-rotating BBQ ‘rotisserie’ motor and the whole assembly fits neatly onto the top of a 6 Litre Ultrasonic Cleaner tank.
I have to say that I’m a little bit excited about this right now…..
Over the past week, I have been testing vinyl records in an Ultrasonic cleaning machine and the results have been all positive.
In the past, I have used a Nitty Gritty record cleaning machine (RCM) and in recent years have acquired an old but well-respected Keith Monks RCM (below).
In 1990, Stereophile’s Dick Olsher declared that the
AURA turntable offered:
…..borderline Class A performance….. I’m not letting the Aura out of my grasp. It’s one hell of a ‘table and one that I’d be perfectly happy with until the end of time.
In 2008, Dave Whittaker made his last AURA. Incorporating many improvements over 20+ years, his later AURAs
Aura turntable was designed by New Zealander, Dave Whittaker and was manufactured in NZ and Australia over a period of 20 years from the mid 1980s.
This beautiful example of the Aura, is still in use in California at the home of
Skipper Wise – musician, recording artist and co-founder of Blue Microphones.
Skipper’s interesting story about his Aura TT tells us also about the affable and gracious man that Dave Whittaker was: